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Tips on moving forward after a tragedy

Tragedies like the one in Rancho Tehama this week can be difficult to explain to children.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017 6:12 PM

Tragedies like the one in Rancho Tehama this week can be difficult to explain to children.

Action News Now spoke with Butte County Behavioral Health to learn some tips on coping with trauma and grief.

Counseling services are being offered to the Corning Union Elementary School District's teachers, students and parents during the next few days.

If you feel you need to speak with someone, Butte County Behavioral Health has a 24/7 crisis line.

Behavioral Health says when speaking with your children about tragedies, it is good to be honest and acknowledge that bad things happen.

It is also important to use language in a reassuring voice.

During times of stress it is important to get enough rest and eat a well-balanced diet.

This is an incredibly emotional time for everyone involved and Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick said he's focused on taking care of his kids.

"We love almonds and walnuts. We love soccer and we're going to take care of all our kids. Counseling is available to all of our staff in the districts as well as our students," said Fizpatrick.

The school district asks that you contact them for more information on counseling.

The 24/7 Butte County Behavioral Health Crisis Lines can be reached at (800)334-6622 or (530)891-2810.

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