Here's how witnessing violence harms children's mental health
May 24, 2017
(THE CONVERSATION) Caroline was having a hard time getting her daughter to go to school. The night before, her daughter saw the news about a terrorist bombing that had occurred that day where several children and adults were killed and schools were immediately closed.
Her daughter had a difficult time sleeping and was refusing to eat her breakfast. When Caroline asked her daughter what was wrong, she replied in a hushed tone,
“I’m scared mommy. If I go to school, will somebody come in and shoot me? I don’t want to die.”
Though Caroline was reacting to news here in the United States,...