Psychological Services Group Picture

In the wake of the high profile situation at Castleview Elementary School, and following so closely to the tragedy in Las Vegas, you may have questions regarding how to discuss these events with your student. The most important thing for parents to remember is to be open with your child or teenager; encouraging them to talk about what they are feeling or thinking. You may not always feel like you have the “right” answer;  however, your willingness to discuss difficult issues increases your child’s sense of safety and helps them understand they are not alone in their feelings. Listed below are some resources for how to support your student (and yourself) in times of trauma and tragedy.  Remember, Riverside Unified School District’s Psychological Services and Student Assistance Program, are here to support your child’s well-being.

Riverside USD SELPA Psychological Services

Resources on Violence:

15 Tips for Talking with Children About School Violence 

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Talking to Children About Violence

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Helping Children Cope With Terrorism

Resources on Emotional Distress:

If you are experiencing emotional distress and would like to speak to someone, call one of the following crisis lines:

For more information about entity listed, visit their website by clicking on each name.

HELPLine - 24 Hour Crisis/Suicide Intervention 

The HELPLine is a free, confidential crisis/suicide intervention services operated by highly trained volunteers.  The line is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Phone:  (951) 686-HELP (4357)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. Phone: (800) 273-TALK (800-273-8255)  Spanish line: (888) 628-9454  TTY: (800) 799-4TTY (4889)


The Trevor Lifeline

National organization providing crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Youth 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)


Threat Assessment Manual

RUSD Suicide Prevention and Intervention Handbook