The 9/11 Memorial is launching a new commemoration resources page with ideas and tools for planning a 9/11 anniversary observance in your community. Among the many resources included are a downloadable 2012 Commemoration Planning Guide, suggestions for parents on how to talk to kids about 9/11, classroom activities, ways to commemorate online, and much more. The information is easily found through their home page.
The 9/11 Healing and Remembrance Program realizes that anniversaries, holidays, and other special days can be difficult times. These occasions can bring on memories of 9/11, including renewed feelings of sadness and distress. If you need help, the program recommends calling the Disaster Distress Helpline (a program of SAMHSA), which offers free crisis counseling related to any natural or human-caused disaster such as this, and is available for support. Call toll-free at 1-800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746 (Spanish-speakers can text 'Hablanos' to 66746); calls and texts are answered 24/7 by trained, caring counselors from call centers across the U.S.