Building Resilience

Anniversary activities (all ages):

Major traumatic events that garner national news attention often are revisited by the media on the anniversary of the event. School Postvention teams may assess that anniversary activities in the school setting are an appropriate tool to help students cope with the trauma reminders. Anniversary activities should have a different feel than activities utilized immediately post-crisis; they should focus on strengths, community, and healing.

Here are a few examples of how anniversary activities can help students focus on strengths:

Students fold a paper in half, and draw the traumatic situation on one side of the paper, and draw how things have gotten better on the other side.

Students are asked to write about what they have learned about moving forward after a tragedy.

Students make a mural of how things were last year, and how things are now.