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

A Parent’s Guide to Battling Teen Suicide

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Apr 9, 2019 4:59:51 PM

A suicide epidemic currently exists among teens. In fact, you’ve probably heard many startling statistics, such as that suicide is the second-leading cause of death between ages 10 and 34, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. And maybe you’ve heard that 8.6% of high school students attempted suicide in the past 12 months, according to The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Stigma, Mental Health Conditions, Getting Support, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Is My Child Sick?, Causes and Risks

Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Feb 12, 2019 12:51:00 PM

Is your child normally engaged and motivated but suddenly having trouble paying attention? Are they more withdrawn than usual? It might be tempting to write this off as just laziness or a passing “phase.” Yet this might be a sign of a larger problem. In fact, social withdrawal and isolation is often one of the first signs of a possible eating disorder.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Mental Health Conditions, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Is My Child Sick?, Causes and Risks, Getting Treatment

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

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

Helping Refugee Children with their Mental Health Needs

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Jul 19, 2018 10:01:00 AM

With the recent heart-wrenching images of migrant children in the news, there is an increased awareness of the unique mental health needs of migrant and refugee children. Since 1980, there have been about 3 million refugees who have resettled in the US and 35-40% of them were children, according to the organization Bridging Refugee Youth & Child Services. Being exposed to a range of physical and psychological stressors places these refugee children at higher risk for physical and mental health issues requiring treatment. Sadly, research cited by the National Institutes of Health has found that refugees are less likely to seek mental health treatment. This could be due to a lack of understanding of mental illness and treatment options in general, and the fact that it is often more difficult for refugee children to access the mental health services they need. 

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Topics: Stigma, Mental Health Conditions, Advocacy, Getting Support, Getting Treatment, Mental Health Wellness

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