The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde is every parent and teacher’s worst nightmare. No parent, child, or teacher should ever have to wonder whether it’s safe to go to school.

"This is an excruciatingly difficult time for the tight-knit Uvalde community and for all Texans as we mourn this terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to those in the hospital receiving care and to the loved ones of those who lost their lives. As a parent, the pain they must be feeling is unimaginable."

"I am in touch with local officials in Uvalde and will continue to monitor the situation. I’m grateful to law enforcement and everyone who worked to stop the shooter and to the medical staff working now to prevent further loss of life."

 

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, here are some resources for those in need of support or wishing to help the Uvalde community during this difficult time.

 

Give Blood

Currently, health care providers in and around Uvalde are asking those who are able to donate blood. Those who are interested in donating blood can find opportunities to do so at DonateBloodToday.com or through the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

 

Seek Emotional Support

Those in need of mental health counseling and other emotional support can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, which provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

If you are in need of support because you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about a loved one or family member, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides free and confidential 24/7 support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. You can reach them at 1-800-273-8255

 

Support for Victims

Families of the victims can reach out to VictimConnect, a program run by the National Center for Victims of Crime. VictimConnect Resource Center (VCRC) is a weekday phone, chat, and text-based referral helpline. Services are available for all victims of crime in the United States and its territories. Visitors to the hotline receive strength-based and trauma-informed services and referrals in over 200 languages. Referrals are tailored to individual needs and can be made to local, state, and national organizations.

 

Support for Students

The Department of Education has published resources to assist with your child's social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs.

 

Assistance with Government Services

As always, if you are having issues navigating federal government resources, or need assistance accessing federal services, Senator Cornyn's office is available to help. Please submit your request HERE.