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Raising Joy Podcast: How to Help Children and Yourself in the Wake of Recent Mass Shootings

In this episode of the Raising Joy podcast, Kia Carter, M.D., and Cameron Brown, D.Min., M.Div., BSSW share advice for parents and caregivers in the wake of multiple mass shootings.

Listen to Episode 13 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. You can also listen on our YouTube channel. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative, and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental wellbeing of children and teens.

In the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and Tulsa, many parents and caregivers will be faced with questions and emotions from their children. 

Two mental health and trauma experts, Kia Carter, M.D., and Cameron Brown, D.Min., M.Div., BSSW, join Kristen Pyrc, M.D., and Wini King in the latest episode of the Raising Joy podcast. They share how parents and caregivers can support their children and themselves during these incredibly difficult times.

Dr. Carter is the medical director of inpatient Psychiatry at Cook Children’s Medical Center and recounts the discussion she had with her own young daughter after the Uvalde school shooting. She advises parents to talk to their children about events like the shooting in Uvalde, and revisit the conversation often.

Dr. Brown is a chaplain at Cook Children’s and served as a firefighter with the Fort Worth Fire Department for more than 30 years. Her expertise is caring for the caretakers, such as the first responders and emergency room staff who witness tragedies involving children. She was also a first responder on the scene of the Wedgewood Baptist Church shooting in Fort Worth in 1999, which killed seven people and wounded an additional seven.

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s JOY Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the JOY Campaign, visit

New episodes of the Raising Joy podcast will be available each Tuesday. It is currently available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, SpotifyGoogle Podcasts and YouTube.

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Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit