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

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

You’re Not Alone: Finding a Support System when Your Child Struggles with Mental Illness

Posted by Liza Long on Jun 7, 2018 3:45:48 PM

When children are sick with physical illnesses like cancer, the entire community rallies around the family. Friends bring casseroles, offer to watch the child’s siblings while the parents spend time with their sick child, and flood the family with tangible signs of love and support like flowers, cards, and balloons.

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Topics: Stigma, Getting Support, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Mental Health Wellness, Self-Care

Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

Posted by Liza Long on May 1, 2018 1:53:38 PM

I’m a recovering perfectionist. In my writing, I’m always looking for a better way to phrase things (I’ve revised this sentence four times). As a teacher, I’m always tweaking my lesson plans and assignments to try to make them more effective and inclusive. And as a mother of four children, I sometimes agonize over being the best parent I can be, knowing firsthand that a mother is only as happy as her unhappiest child.  Some days, that means I’ve been pretty anxious, stressed, and sad. One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in parenting a child with mental illness is that it’s okay to doubt myself—and even more importantly, it’s also okay to trust myself too.

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

the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

Posted by Liza Long on Jan 18, 2018 5:03:10 PM

AdobeStock_105908125.jpegI’ll never forget the day that my then four-year-old son Eric told me he just wanted to be a zero. “It hurts too much, Mom,” he said, referring to the anguish of sensory overload that sometimes caused him to melt down in public or lash out at his preschool peers. I hugged my little Buzz Lightyear close—Eric loved his hero so much that it was hard for me to talk him into changing out of his Buzz-themed pajamas. What could I do to help my child?

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Topics: Stigma, Inspiration, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

13 ways to talk to your kids about 13 reasons why

Posted by Poul C. Poulsen, MA, LPC on May 3, 2017 2:49:59 PM

If you are parenting an adolescent or teenager, you’ve heard of the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why.  Chances are, your children have too. The television series, based on a novel by the same name, is a fictional story of a teenage girl’s suicide and other sensitive issues associated with it. The show has quite unceremoniously placed the issue of teen suicide in the front and center in our community conversations. However, many of us parents are discovering the difficulty of having conversations about teen suicide and its representation in 13 Reasons Why in our own homes with our own children. The mere introduction of something so tragic has left parents wondering what to do. Do you let your kid watch the series? Will it cause your child to romanticize suicide? The answer might come easier with some guidance.

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Topics: Stigma, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

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