Mindshift: Community, Trauma, and Helping Children Heal

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Gemikia Henderson and Dalia Ramos at RYSE Center in Richmond, California.  (Anne Wernikoff/KQED)

On Tuesday, an armed gunman killed at least 18 children and 3 adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

There’s still a lot of questions about what happened. But here’s what we do know: That Robb Elementary is 90% Hispanic. That the students’ last day of school was scheduled for Thursday. And that when the camera crews move on, and the national media leave, this community will be coping with this for the rest of their lives.

Because we as a nation have done so little to stop gun violence, this kind of trauma is a reality for millions of surviving families and children.

So today, instead of our usual coverage of local news, we’re sharing an episode by KQED’s Mindshift podcast from back in 2018. It’s set in Richmond, and it’s about how people in the community provide love and support to kids who’ve experienced trauma, especially from violence.

This episode first aired on Oct. 23, 2018.