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The Department of Mental Health Provides Crisis Counseling to People Affected by the Tragedy at the Navy Yard

Date Released: 
Tue, 09/17/2013

The Department of Mental Health Provides Crisis Counseling to People Affected by the Tragedy at the Navy Yard

Washington, DC--The Navy Yard tragedy can bring out strong emotions. Such high profile violence especially can confuse and frighten children who look to adults for reassurance and guidance on how to act.  The District of Columbia Department of Mental Health offers the following tips to parents and caregivers to help children cope with the aftermath of this tragedy:

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