Winthrop, Maine 1-800-273-5200

Lewiston Tragedy - ASM Statement & Resources

October 25, 2023 – The mass shooting in Lewiston, ME will have an ever-lasting effect on family and friends. The community will be impacted forever. The Autism Society of Maine extends our prayers and condolences to all involved. If any family needs support during this difficult time, please reach out to us either by Facebook, email:, or call 800-273-5200. Praying for law enforcement and for medical professionals actively addressing this situation and keeping everyone safe. Autism Society of Maine

Talking to children about mass shootings is a delicate and challenging task that requires sensitivity and careful communication. We have compiled links to articles that include important tips for talking to your kid about shootings. Each child’s age and developmental level impact what an appropriate conversation looks like.

Most importantly, limit tv exposure as there will be nonstop coverage of mass shooting events, but you don't want your child to absorb too much of what's being shown there, especially if your child is young.


Calling 988 if in crisis to speak to a trained crisis specialist at any hour. Specialists can also respond over chat at

MAINE CRISIS LINE: 1-888-568-1112
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the crisis line to speak with a trained crisis clinician 24/7. Our Mobile Crisis Team operates 24/7 and can respond to meet the need wherever individuals or families are at.

Our 24/7 mental health peer-to-peer phone support line for adults, aged 18 and older, offers free mutual conversations with a trained peer specialist who has lived experience with mental health recovery.

Teens and young adults can text  to connect with other youth (13 to 24) who can help them manage challenges, from noon to 10 p.m. daily. The service is affiliated with with The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

EDUCATORS, CLINICIANS, FIRST RESPONDERS IN NEED OF SUPPORT can contact the FrontLine WarmLine from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, by calling 207-221-8196 or texting 898-211.

Dial, Text or see website for general information, including how to access behavioral health and social service resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Maine Grief Support Centers 

NAMI Maine  You are NOT Alone – Support After Lewiston Tragedy


Maine DHHS Encourages Those Affected by the Violence to Reach Out and Connect with Behavioral Health Support

How to Support a Child After a Tragedy - Center for Grieving Children, Portland, Maine

How to Explain Gun Violence to Students - Maine Department of Education  

Talking with Children about Tragic Events - MaineHealth

Talking to Children About the Shooting - National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Helping children with tragic event in the news (young children) - PBS

How to talk to children about Mass shootings - Stanford Medicine Children's Health

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting

Talking to your child about tragedy: Six tips for the autism community - Autism Speaks

Child Development Expert Writes Social Stories to Explain Times of Crisis -

Why kids grieve in unexpected Ways - Understood

Supporting Grieving Children with Autism - eluna Network