Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jun 25, 2019 10:06:46 AM

When a child is injured or traumatized in some way, it’s not unusual for the parents to also experience some emotional impact from the trauma. This is called secondary traumatic stress, or STS, and it’s a form of persistent emotional distress that comes from dealing with your child’s trauma firsthand. STS is more than just feeling burnt out; its signs and symptoms are similar to posttraumatic stress. And parents with their own history of trauma can be especially vulnerable to STS.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Mental Health Conditions, Advocacy, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Mental Health Wellness, Self-Care, trauma

What Parents Need to Know About the Opioid Crisis

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Dec 13, 2018 11:33:19 AM

As parents, your number one goal is to help your child live a happy and healthy life. You want to protect them from any kind of harm — and that includes harmful drug use. Unfortunately, today more than ever before, your child may be at risk for developing an opioid addiction.

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Topics: Advocacy, Self-Care, Drug use

Understanding the Mental Health Risks for Children in Foster Care

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Nov 8, 2018 3:27:14 PM

For children who grow up in foster care, life is unpredictable. They have to struggle with the instability that comes with moving from family to family, while trying to cope with the reasons why they are unable to stay with their biological family. Because of these challenges and others, children in foster care are more at risk for mental health issues than children in the general population. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics calls mental health issues the “largest unmet health need for children and teens in foster care.”

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Topics: Advocacy, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Causes and Risks

Kids Fight Bullying At The Lunch Table

Posted by One in Five Minds on Oct 27, 2018 10:48:34 AM

When we talk about mental health and wellness in children, we often focus on what adults are doing – being vigilant for the warning signs, getting kids into the right treatment programs, raising awareness in our communities. Sometimes in all our efforts to raise awareness and advocate for our kids, adults forget that young people themselves have tremendous power to change their worlds and the lives of those around them.

Sometimes it’s a simple as having someone to sit next to at lunch.
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Topics: Advocacy, Inspiration, 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

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