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  • Stress relief activities for kids

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    Stress relief activities for kids

    Whether from busy schedules, pressures of work, or news and current events, it can be common for parents to feel stressed. However, it's important to remember that stress is not limited to adults – children and teens can experience stress, too.

  • Rise of mental health issues in children

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    Rise of mental health issues in children

    The news about a youth mental health crisis in the wake of the pandemic has been alarming. In October 2021, health groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics declared a national emergency in children’s mental health. In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on the urgent need to address the mental health crisis in children and teens in our country.

  • Winter blues or something more serious?

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    Winter blues or something more serious?

    Each winter you might notice a dip in your child's mood and a change in their behavior, and then witness them return to being themselves again once springtime hits. You might even experience these seasonal changes yourself.

  • COVID-19 and your child's mental health

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    COVID-19 and your child's mental health

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, including kids and teens. Disruptions to routines, changes at school, and isolation from friends and family can take a toll on kids' mental health. Add in the health challenges and other uncertainties that many families face, and it's easy to understand why children may be feeling overwhelmed.

  • 5 ways to end mental health stigma

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    5 ways to end mental health stigma

    Mental health disorders in children are on the rise. But, even with up to 1 in 5 children experiencing a mental health disorder, many people are uncomfortable talking about children's mental health. Learning more about mental health disorders in children and the stigmas attached to them can make the topic less scary.

  • Bullying at school: Signs your child is being bullied

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    Bullying at school: Signs your child is being bullied

    According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

  • Helping teens deal with peer pressure

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    Helping teens deal with peer pressure

    From the beginning, parents work to teach their children how to make healthy decisions. But as children age, parents' influence decreases and the opinion of peers becomes more and more important. Social pressure can affect a wide range of thoughts, actions and behaviors, from academic performance to substance use to mental health.

  • Back-to-school anxiety during COVID-19

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    Back-to-school anxiety during COVID-19

    Going back to school can bring excitement for some kids, and for others, some anticipation and worry. Young children can get nervous about leaving their parents. Older children may feel anxious about academics or how they'll fit in with their friends.

  • Grief in children

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    Grief in children

    When you lose a loved one – a family member, friend or even a pet – it's natural to experience grief. As a parent, you can take positive steps to help your children deal with their sorrow – and help yourself, too.

  • Back-to-School anxiety: Ways to help your child cope

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    Back-to-School anxiety: Ways to help your child cope

    A new school year can trigger feelings of anxiety in children of all ages. There are new classes, teachers, friends and pressures, all mixed with the physical changes of growing up. As a parent, you are the first responder in your child's life when they feel anxious. But it can be difficult to know what's a normal amount of nerves and how you can help.

  • Separation anxiety in children

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    Separation anxiety in children

    Due to COVID-19, many children are spending more time at home with their parents. During this pandemic, kids have learned about the risks of being around large groups of people. They’ve followed new rules about wearing a mask, hand washing and social distancing. But now, as schools and activities resume, many children – even those who were once excited to go to school – feel intense separation anxiety about leaving their parents’ side.

  • How to nurture your child's mental health

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    How to nurture your child's mental health

    Many parents understand the importance of healthy eating habits and staying active for their child's physical health. Now, with rates of mental health issues in children on the rise, more and more parents are realizing the value of supporting and nurturing their child's mental health as part of their overall health and wellness.

  • Common mental health myths

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    Common mental health myths

    Oftentimes, when children or adults see news stories, TV shows or movies about mental health, it can contribute to a negative stigma attached to mental illness or give an inaccurate picture about what mental health is. In reality, one in five children will experience some type of mental health problem – and overcoming stigma and false perceptions is key to helping children receive the support they need.

  • Stress management tips for teens and children

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    Stress management tips for teens and children

    Whether it is the constant connection to technology, a busier schedule than ever before or other factors, today's children are facing higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than previous generations.

  • 8 tips for managing children's anxiety about COVID-19

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    8 tips for managing children's anxiety about COVID-19

    Many families are facing major changes in their day-to-day lives because of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). With all the unknowns that come with a new virus, it's normal to feel anxious about the "what ifs" and the future.

  • Signs of depression in children

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    Signs of depression in children

    Does your child seem unusually sad, irritable or quiet lately? Such changes in mood could be due to a temporary stress in life. But how do you know if it's something more? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with depression and anxiety has increased over time, and 3.2% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 have a current diagnosis of depression.

  • Talking with your child about suicide

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    Talking with your child about suicide

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults, according to the CDC. Most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorders. Nearly one in five high schoolers have seriously considered suicide within the past 12 months, and about 8% have made an attempt. Many do not want to die, but they feel ambivalent (i.e., have mixed feelings) about life and simply want to end emotional or physical pain. Suicide is 100% preventable and there are effective treatments to help. Dr. Nicholas J. Westers, a clinical psychologist at Children’s Health, offers the following advice for parents.

  • 5 ways to help your child with anxiety

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    5 ways to help your child with anxiety

    Childhood is often thought of as a carefree time without worries. However, it’s important to know that children can experience anxiety, just like adults. The good news is you can help your child better handle anxiety.

  • How to prevent cyberbullying

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    How to prevent cyberbullying

    As children and teens spend more time online, it’s easier than ever for them to experience cyberbullying – and the effects can be serious. The mental toll of enduring unkind comments, cruel memes or untrue rumors can add up, leaving victims of cyberbullying feeling depressed and isolated.

  • Mindfulness for kids

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    Mindfulness for kids

    Naturally, parents want their children to grow up with good life skills and a healthy sense of identity and self-worth. However, in today's overscheduled and tech-connected world, external factors are constantly influencing kids' ideas of who they should be, how they should look and what they should think and do with their lives.

  • Is technology affecting your child's mental health?

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    Is technology affecting your child's mental health?

    Technology has many benefits when used responsibly: It can help us connect with others, find answers to questions and can even help improve productivity. But as rates of depression rise in adolescents, many wonder if screens and social media are negatively affecting our children's well-being.

  • Breathing exercises for kids

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    Breathing exercises for kids

    For most of us, breathing is an automatic process that we hardly notice. However, the simple act of inhaling and exhaling can have a great impact on our mood and thoughts. Deep breathing has long been used as a relaxation technique, and it's helpful for both children and adults.

  • Are antidepressants safe for kids?

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    Are antidepressants safe for kids?

    If your child is diagnosed with depression, you may have questions about the best ways to help. One difficult decision might be if you should put your child on antidepressant medication. You may wonder if these medications are safe, or if they will have side effects now or later in adulthood.

  • How teens can help friends with anxiety and depression

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    How teens can help friends with anxiety and depression

    Mental health disorders among children and teenagers have risen in recent years. Approximately 1 in 5 children are affected by a mental health disorder, and when left untreated, these disorders can become serious. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24, and approximately 18% of teens and adolescents have engaged in self-injury at some point in their lives.

  • Self-injury and your teen: 4 ways you can help

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    Self-injury and your teen: 4 ways you can help

    Approximately 18% of adolescents have engaged in nonsuicidal self-injury at some point in their lives. This means that nearly one in five teenagers have hurt themselves on purpose, without intending suicide, such as by cutting, burning, biting, hitting or severely scratching themselves.

  • 4 tips to help kids cope with disappointment during COVID-19

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    4 tips to help kids cope with disappointment during COVID-19

    When the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) first took place, it may have been hard to comprehend the impact. Children and teens may have even felt some excitement about the extra time away from school or for the break in routine.

  • Understanding and supporting children with anxiety

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    Understanding and supporting children with anxiety

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7% of children have diagnosed anxiety. Additionally, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 1 in 3 of adolescents aged 13-18 have an anxiety disorder. When left untreated, anxiety disorders can lead to poor school performance or socialization, loss of sleep and even eventual substance abuse.

  • How to spot and stop bullying

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    How to spot and stop bullying

    Whether your child is being bullied or acting like a bully at school, these behaviors can affect their self-esteem, relationships, and mental health. As a parent, you can help protect your child’s emotional well-being by watching out for the signs of bullying and getting your child the help they need.

  • Caring for depression in children with chronic disease

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    Caring for depression in children with chronic disease

    A chronic disease diagnosis is difficult to accept at any age. When your child receives a diagnosis of a condition that will have lasting impacts on their life, they may have a strong emotional reaction or become depressed. The changes to their quality of life, such as chronic pain, frequent medical tests or care, or other lifestyle changes, can make them feel anxious, stressed and saddened.

  • How can parents help children open up about bullying?

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    How can parents help children open up about bullying?

    One reason a child might be hesitant to tell a parent about bullying is fear about how a parent will react and fear of receiving unwanted attention at school if their parent intervenes. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares strategies for parents to help their children be open in their communication about bullying.

  • How can parents talk to their children about bullying?

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    How can parents talk to their children about bullying?

    Parents often want to know the best way to talk to their kids about bullying. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares tips for keeping lines of communication open about the topic.

  • How can parents give kids confidence to deal with bullying?

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    How can parents give kids confidence to deal with bullying?

    Parents often want to know what they can do in their own interactions with their kids to give them the confidence to deal with bullying. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares the importance of modeling healthy behaviors for children.

  • What are signs of bullying parents can look for?

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    What are signs of bullying parents can look for?

    If your child is being bullied at school, he or she might be hesitant to share that information with you. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares signs to look for if you suspect your child is being bullied or teased.

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