Tornado Damage is More Than Physical

At Children's Hospital of Illinois, our hearts go out to the children and families affected by the recent tornadoes that swept through Central Illinois. Many children have lost their homes, pets, memorabilia and toys. They may also see anxiety and fear in parents and caregivers.

In the aftermath of such an event, it is difficult for parents and care providers to know how to comfort, recognize signs of psychological impact and provide information to children. As we lift the families up in our prayers, we offer these resources to help.

The following specific tips and resources were provided by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics:

For information about local counseling and other mental health services, contact us at 309-624-9782 or visit Mental Health/Resource Link.