Mental Health Days -- What to do when your child just won't go to school

Posted by Liza Long on Aug 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

For many parents, the middle of August is the most wonderful time of the year. After hearing a thousand iterations of “I’m bored!” and waging a positional (often losing) arms race against excessive screen time, we are thrilled to cram our children’s backpacks full of shiny new school supplies and post those “milestone” first-day-of-school pics to Instagram.

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Topics: Mental Health Conditions, Getting Support, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, School Issues

Upfront Communication Can Help Ease the Fears of Military Children

Posted by Annette Crawford on Aug 9, 2018 11:42:00 AM

 

With the overabundance of media outlets today, many adults have difficulty discerning the line between reality and fantasy, so it should come as no surprise when children experience these same feelings. And when the images show a nonstop barrage of war, shutdowns, terrorism and violence, a military child can experience anxiety, fear and confusion. They may not know that person in uniform on TV, but it’s someone who looks like Mom or Dad.

Military parents can help allay those negative feelings by talking to their children and validating their very real concerns.

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Topics: Advocacy, Getting Support, Military Families, Mental Health Wellness

How to Prepare for Your Child Turning 18

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Aug 7, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Turning 18 is a significant milestone for children and parents alike. It’s a rite of passage that children look forward to, as they think "Finally, I can make decisions on my own." On the other hand, parents typically feel some sort of apprehension about their child entering the perils of the adult world. “Where did the time go,” they wonder, and “Will they be okay on their own?” That apprehension is likely intensified for parents of children who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. 

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Topics: Advocacy, Getting Support, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Causes and Risks, Getting Treatment, Mental Health Wellness

Helping Refugee Children with their Mental Health Needs

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Jul 19, 2018 10:01:00 AM

With the recent heart-wrenching images of migrant children in the news, there is an increased awareness of the unique mental health needs of migrant and refugee children. Since 1980, there have been about 3 million refugees who have resettled in the US and 35-40% of them were children, according to the organization Bridging Refugee Youth & Child Services. Being exposed to a range of physical and psychological stressors places these refugee children at higher risk for physical and mental health issues requiring treatment. Sadly, research cited by the National Institutes of Health has found that refugees are less likely to seek mental health treatment. This could be due to a lack of understanding of mental illness and treatment options in general, and the fact that it is often more difficult for refugee children to access the mental health services they need. 

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Topics: Stigma, Mental Health Conditions, Advocacy, Getting Support, Getting Treatment, Mental Health Wellness

A Strong Support System Reaps Big Rewards for Military Kids

Posted by Annette Crawford on Jul 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Long before the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” found its way into American culture, military parents knew that raising their children in a safe and nurturing environment was a community effort. Being a military child brings with it inherent challenges and rewards; a strong support system within the military culture can ensure the rewards outweigh the challenges.

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Topics: Getting Support, Military Families

How does poverty impact mental illness?

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Jun 28, 2018 9:27:01 AM

Think about the last time you were hungry. Maybe you were busy at work and lost track of time or you were running errands and put off eating until you got back home. Whatever the reason was, it probably left you feeling irritable and cranky until you were able to eat. Often when we’re hungry, all we can think about it food.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Mental Health Conditions, Getting Support, Causes and Risks, Getting Treatment, Mental Health Wellness

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