Turn on the news or check your phone updates and it seems like we are being inundated with the news of traumatic events around the world, in our hometowns, and in our schools. It can be overwhelming as adults, but imagine how overwhelming it can be for children. Sometimes, it is easy to forget that our children are affected by the traumatic events around them even if they can’t articulate the impact they have on them at times. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) estimates that about two thirds of U.S. children have experienced a traumatic event by age sixteen but have difficulty coping with the impact of that trauma. If left unaddressed, the effects of trauma can impact a child’s ability to thrive in school. Here’s what you need to know about helping children thrive in school (and life) despite the trauma they’ve experienced.
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.
Sometimes, getting a teenager to do something that’s good for them may seem next to impossible, even when it’s common, typical things like eating well and getting enough sleep. Trying to get a teen to understand the importance of mental wellness and to take an active role in taking care of themselves can be even more challenging. But with rates of youth depression increasing, and NAMI reporting that at least half of all mental health conditions arise by the time a person turns 14, it is important that parents provide their teens with the guidance and support needed to make mental health a priority.
It’s a familiar scene. A mother attempts to comfort her young daughter as tears stream down the girl’s face. All of the daughter’s friends received a valentine from someone and she is the only one without. A day that was supposed to be about celebrating love has turned into a popularity contest.
For Soad Michelsen, MD, with a child there is always hope. Hope is more than a feeling, but an active verb that helps professionals and patients engage in actions toward recovery. In this TEDxSanAntonio Children's Mental Health Salon talk, Dr. Michelsen describes the story of a young man named "Frankie" who has inspired her.
This video replay is from the TEDxSanAntonio Children's Mental Health Salon: Where are the Casseroles? One in Five Minds collaborated with TEDxSanAntonio to present this unique children's mental health event on September 13, 2014. In this talk, Soad Michelsen, MD, president and senior medical director of Southwest Psychiatric Physicians, presents a Case Study of a Child with Mental Illness.
Topics: Children's Mental Health
Actually, we found the people who are willing to make and bring casseroles to families contending with mental illness and to encourage others to do the same! An enthusiastic crowd of attendees left the TEDxSanAntonio Children’s Mental Health Salon - Where are the Casseroles?, equipped with reminders, resources, and recipes to assist families and children struggling with mental illness.
This unique collaboration between TEDxSanAntonio and One in Five Minds created an afternoon of engaging speakers, thought-provoking simulations and performances, honest conversations and a surprise visit, via Skype, with Liza Long. It was Liza’s talk during TEDxSanAntonio 2013 that was the inspiration for the Children’s Mental Health Salon.
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit with agency representatives and draft or video record their stories. Over 30 people came forward to share their personal journeys. We will begin to post them on the Stories section of our website in the near future.
It was an amazing event, but even if you didn’t have a chance to attend, there are still actions you can take today to make a difference! Consider taking one or more of the following actions:
- Sign-up to participate in the National Association of Mental Illness Walk
- Contact your school district for information on School Health Advisory Councils and how to get involved
- Sign-up to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide awareness
- Join the Youth Mental Health Council
- Make a casserole for a family who may have a child hospitalized with a mental illness
- Sign up for a Local Parent Support Group - here and here are just two options
- Buy (and read) Liza Long’s book “The Price of Silence”
- Download a mental health screen questionnaire to give to your pediatrician
- Write and share your story here
- Video and share your story here
- Watch for the replay of the Theater of the Oppressed interactive activity
- Share this blog post!
Your actions, or casserole, could bring hope to a family and child contending with mental illness.
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