The internet’s positive response to a Michigan-based web developer’s email to her team letting them know she was taking two days off to tend to her mental health was refreshing, surprising and sad. Refreshing because of the woman’s honesty and her CEO’s support, surprising because it went viral so quickly, and sad because the response reflected just how infrequent open and supportive conversation about mental health occurs.
A 2016 report by the Associated Press stated that 2.7 million grandparents are raising grandchildren, and about one-fifth of those have incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to census figures. Their ranks are increasing. At the time the article was written, the number of grandparents raising grandchildren was up seven percent from 2009, and the trend is holding.
Perhaps one of a parent’s greatest fears is having a child get in trouble with the law. That fear is amplified for parents who have a child diagnosed with a mental illness.
Topics: Law Enforcement Issues
For any child with mental health needs, school can be a challenging and frustrating place. And schools can't help if they don’t understand the extent of your child’s problem
Topics: Getting Support
For many of us, our spiritual leaders are a natural first place to turn in times of mental health challenges. They know us and our families, they are often a comforting presence, and offer a trusted and wise counselor.
Building resiliency in kids with mental health challenges is a year-round process, but the summer months can prove to be especially challenging. The structure of the school day is lacking. So is access to the school’s resources for helping kids to cope with both new issues that might crop up and any that are ongoing. As always, the key is providing a positive environment that avoids judgment in favor of nurturing; it’s also important to be an active listener when talking with your kids.