Tough Situations

Our faith calls us to be actively in conversation around topics that many do not want to acknowledge. There are healthy and faithful ways in which to engage in conversation with different ages. 

General Information

Children Now: Tips for talking with kids about tough issues
Topics include Sex & Relationships, Violence, Race, Terrorism, Divorce, and more.
 
National Association for School Psychologist Resources
Paediatric Chaplaincy Network
We are a group of multi faith religious and spiritual care staff and volunteers. Includes videos, stories, and worship recommendations.
The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center provides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their experiences through peer support groups, education, and training.
 
Carenotes: Elf Help Books for Kids and other Elf Help Resource
These books and pamphlets provide a wide variety of children's stories and resources to help them, parents, families, and pastors during a difficult situation. 
Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline has fostered a fundamental shift in thinking that empowers adults and children to be the change they want to see in the world.
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Resources

Bullying
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Death & Illness
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Disasters and Trauma
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Divorce
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Domestic Violence
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Gun Safety
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Incarceration
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Immigration/Refugees
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Physical, Mental, Emotional and Other Special Needs
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Racism
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Sexuality
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Help Lines

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (US & Cananda) to connect to a Crisis Counselor - Any crisis. 

  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 - LGBTQ youth and their allies. 

  • Stop It Now! 1-888-PREVENT (773-8368) - Educational resource on watching for signs of child abuse, what to do if you suspect it, and ways to report it

  • New Hope Now714-NEW-HOPE (639-4673) - Christian based counseling services

  • RAINN:1-800-656-HOPE (4673) - Immediate crisis help and information about recovery and prosecution from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

  • Safe Horizon1-866-621-HOPE (4673) - 24 hour hotline for many kinds of abuse

  • Kristin Brooks Hope Center 1-800-SUICIDE - Non-profit with focus on suicide counseling and awareness

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-TALK (8255) - National suicide prevention lifeline

  • Childhelp1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453) - National child abuse hotline

  • United Way 2-1-1: A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.

This page was last updated by OU 7/21