Securing Your Safety Net: How collaborating with your child on a crisis plan can keep all of you safe

Posted by Liza Long on Jan 17, 2019 12:54:56 PM

That November morning started like any other. I was making pancakes in the kitchen while my 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son set the table. Their older brother Eric, 13, soon joined us, prompted by the delicious smell of bacon wafting through the air. As I doled out pancakes, I noticed a stack of books on the counter.

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Support, Getting Treatment, Children's Mental Health

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 You probably imagine someone who is sad, withdrawn, has low energy and is constantly tired, or has a decreased mood.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: Mental Health Wellness, Getting Support, Is My Child Sick?, Children's Mental Health

How Military Parents Miss the Warning Signs of Mental Illness in their Kids

Posted by Carol Pearson on Sep 27, 2018 4:51:47 PM

How Military Parents Miss the Warning Signs of Mental Illness in their Kids

“I can’t believe I didn’t see this sooner.”

It’s an agonizing moment when you realize your child is possibly dealing with a mental illness. You’re a good parent, you care about your kids, and yet somehow in the midst of your busy military family life, you missed the signs.

According to Jill Palmer, Clinic Director at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in San Antonio, you’re not alone. Military families face enormous stress with moving every few years, starting new schools, adapting to new communities and everything that comes with military life. And this stress makes it easy to miss the signs of an underlying mental illness.

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Topics: Military Families, Mental Health Wellness, School Issues, Getting Support

How Trauma Affects Kids in Schools

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Sep 13, 2018 3:51:01 PM

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.  

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Topics: Mental Health Wellness, Children's Mental Health, Getting Support, School Issues, trauma

After a Suicide Attempt: How to Support the Child and the Family

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Sep 7, 2018 9:59:48 AM

Suicide attempts among teenagers are on the rise, and too often we hear heartbreaking stories in the news of children and teens who attempt or die by suicide. It’s easy to think that these are isolated incidents but suicide attempts among children and adolescents are actually more common than you might think. Suicide is actually the second leading cause of death for individuals 10 to 24, according to The Jason Foundation’s Parent Resource Program, with an average of 3,041 adolescents in grades 9-12 attempting suicide each day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16% of high school students reported considering attempting suicide in the last year. Thirteen percent reported making a suicide plan and 8% said they tried to carry out the plan.

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment, Getting Support, Inspiration, Stigma, Mental Health Conditions

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

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