The Month of the Military Child: Strength, Resilience, and Challenges for the Youth of Our Service Members

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Apr 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

“We are the children of warriors. And although it was initially a role not of our choosing, it is a role perpetuated by many of us with pride … It is an attitude, a way of being.” (Wertsch, 1991, p. 350)

April is the Month of the Military Child, with purple ribbons signifying support and gratitude to the young family members who sacrifice alongside their military moms and dads. There are nearly two million U.S. military-connected children and adolescents living at home and abroad for overseas assignments. Unlike the careers of many civilians, service in the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines affects all aspects of life and has great implications on each family member. For the military child, the lifestyle presents with many opportunities for strength-building and has potential to also create unique challenges.

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Topics: Military Families, Mental Health Wellness

Is Social Media Impacting Your Child’s Mental Health? What You Can Do to Help

Posted by One in Five Minds on Apr 11, 2019 2:37:00 PM

Since the inception of social media in 1997 with the launch of the social site Six Degrees, internet users have been connecting with each other through cyberspace. And while social media does have some positive influences on society, including allowing us to connect more easily with friends and family, it also has potential negative impacts, especially on kids.

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Topics: Mental Health Wellness

Promoting Military Family Resilience Through Self-Care

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Feb 13, 2019 2:16:00 PM

Resilience is a word that military families hear often, so often that it may just sound like a modern buzzword tossed out at briefings and townhall meetings. While the term speaks to toughness, the more important meaning is the ability to bounce back, recover, and be flexible. Unfortunately, the latter often gets lost. As both a mental health professional within the military community and a member of the community personally, I too have had my moments of cringing at what seems like the overuse of “resiliency.” And then I met a military family who helped refresh this term for me.

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Topics: Military Families, Mental Health Wellness, Self-Care

Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Feb 4, 2019 11:54:50 AM

It’s your child’s bedtime and you’re dreading it. Instead of the calm process you wish it was, it’s filled with tears, pleading, and excuses after excuses. Peacefully reading bedtimes stories is a thing of the past while the stubborn phrase “I’m not tired!” is here to stay.  Why is your child avoiding going to bed? Is this normal?

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment, Mental Health Wellness

Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Dec 28, 2018 11:37:11 AM

The end of the year is approaching, which means we are already halfway through the school year. Holiday parties, special religious celebrations and services, snow days, and winter break are all here. While the holidays are meant to bring us joy, rest, and spiritual rejuvenation, all of these changes also can be disruptive or stressful for families with children. This may be especially true for families with children who have special needs due to a mental health diagnosis.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, School Issues, Mental Health Wellness

Be Aware of these 6 Hidden Signs of Depression

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Nov 5, 2018 9:48:49 AM

When you think of someone struggling with depression, what comes to mind? You probably imagine someone who is sad, withdrawn, has low energy and is constantly tired, or has a decreased mood. And you would be right. These are some of the most common symptoms of depression in children and adolescents.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Getting Support, Is My Child Sick?, Mental Health Wellness

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