Building resilience—the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress—can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain, sadness, and anxiety are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma. This article from the American Psychological Association provides tips and guidance for parents and teachers in supporting children through challenges.
The goal of this project was to outreach, educate, and increase knowledge pertaining to mental health services within the Latino community. By utilizing a non-stigmatizing method such as a theatrical play, Latino community members learned about the signs and symptoms associated with mental health and became familiar with the services that are available through LACDMH.
The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on kids and teens everywhere — especially those who were already dealing with mental health challenges. Telehealth (which uses technology to deliver healthcare remotely) has emerged as a promising treatment option for children’s mental health. This report provides information about how telehealth works for child mental health and discusses opportunities and challenges related to this approach.
The crisis has prompted many mental health professionals across the country to begin seeing patients virtually. For patients they were already seeing, it provides support and continuity. The expansion of telehealth services also means that if you live in an area with few mental health professionals, you may now have much greater access to care for your child. Here’s a guide to making the most of telehealth for your child’s mental health treatment.
Adolescence is a time of unprecedented cognitive and physical growth and vivid experiences of new ideas, feelings, and ambitions. It’s a period of intense learning and development, but it is also a high-risk period for impulsive behavior, and for the onset of mental health and substance use disorders. In this report, Child Mind Institute highlights the unique factors that make adolescence exciting, important, and potentially dangerous — including its role as a significant risk period for mental health disorders.