VHAN Behavioral Health Crisis Resources

The March 27 shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville was devastating for all of us, especially those in the middle Tennessee communities served by you, our VHAN members. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims, the first responders and all of those who are struggling with the impact of this traumatic event.

In the aftermath, we turn our attention to our young patients, particularly those in need of counseling and other behavioral health services. If you need support with a pediatric patient experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties, please contact the VHAN Pediatric Behavioral Health Consult Line at (615) 205–9367 for a real-time discussion with a licensed clinical social worker. The consult line is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. CT.

Other VHAN resources include:

Pediatric Behavioral Health Community Directories
These directories, available on the VHAN Hub, include:

  • County-specific behavioral health centers, providers and practices
  • LGBTQ+ resources
  • Partial Hospital Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Psychiatry providers
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) providers

VHAN Well Moment Webinars
These community webinars for patients and families are available to the public at wellmoment.org. Relevant recordings include:

Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents
Anxiety in the School Setting
Development of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Children

Articles for Parents
Parents and other caregivers often grapple with how to talk to children after such an event. These articles may be helpful:

How to Talk to Children About Mass Shootings, from My Southern Health
Helping Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting, from the American Psychological Association
Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event, from the Child Mind Institute
Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma, from Child Welfare Information Gateway

Our VHAN teams are here to support you and your patients and families, so please reach out to your network contact or email us at info@vhan.com with any questions.

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