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A Story of Hope: Healing From Transgenerational Trauma

A Story of Hope: Healing From Transgenerational Trauma

Research shows that trauma is shared across generations through a variety of ways, including gene expression, socialization, and psychological disposition. While the source of trauma may be distant, the effects can still be devastating to children.
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Transitioning From a Service Member to Veteran or Retiree: Challenges That Military-Connected Families Face and How to Overcome Them

Transitioning From a Service Member to Veteran or Retiree: Challenges That Military-Connected Families Face and How to Overcome Them

I hear often that transitioning out of the military was just as hard (and sometimes even harder!) than the transitions the families experienced throughout the deployment cycle. Being an active-duty military family can bring a sense of stability and belongingness to the military community.
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Finding Treatment for the New Kid on Base

Finding Treatment for the New Kid on Base

As a military professional, you’re used to moving, but relocating with a special needs child can be a complex process. Here are some tips and advice to help you find the help you need more quickly.
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How to Avoid ‘Parental Burnout’: Warning Signs and 4 Strategies That Can Help

How to Avoid ‘Parental Burnout’: Warning Signs and 4 Strategies That Can Help

Over time, the stressors of parenting can dramatically affect your ability to be the best parent you can be. Fortunately, there are several easy things you can do to prevent parental burnout.
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Essential advice about family life during COVID-19 from psychologists

Essential advice about family life during COVID-19 from psychologists

Your inbox is likely filled with too much COVID-19 advice to absorb, so we narrowed things down to 10 key points from various expert resources, including an excellent webinar recorded by My OCD Care.
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How my neighbor's family is responding to COVID-19

How my neighbor's family is responding to COVID-19

Despite all the opportunities to be selfish, COVID-19 is uncovering a deep caring for those around us. Across the planet, everyone is working together to resolve this crisis and, next door to me, a family is keeping an eye out for their neighbors.
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Adjusting From Classroom to Online Teaching: Tips From a Teacher Experienced in Both

Adjusting From Classroom to Online Teaching: Tips From a Teacher Experienced in Both

With intentional planning and deliberate outreach, an online class can provide a robust learning environment for your students — and your class can also help them to cope with the inevitable stress of sudden change in all areas of their lives.
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Inpatient Mental Health Care for Your Child: What You Need to Know

Inpatient Mental Health Care for Your Child: What You Need to Know

If your child’s doctor or therapist has recommended inpatient mental health treatment for your child, you likely have a lot of questions that need answering. Here are the 5 W’s of inpatient hospitalization.
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The Wounded Warrior Parents’ Guide: How to Talk With Your Child About Physical and Invisible Injuries

The Wounded Warrior Parents’ Guide: How to Talk With Your Child About Physical and Invisible Injuries

Both visible and invisible wounds result in questions, emotional reactions, and changes to routines and dynamics — and navigating those as a parent can be difficult.
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How to Help Your Teen Navigate A Breakup

How to Help Your Teen Navigate A Breakup

Teen relationships may be short lived — whether it lasts a few days, weeks, or months — but it doesn’t mean that a breakup isn’t devastating for your child, especially if it’s their first breakup.
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How You Can Lower Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation

How You Can Lower Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of intentionally noticing bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions in a non-judgmental way in order to promote relaxation and to increase self-awareness.
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How To Talk With Your Child About Suicide After The Death Of A Peer

How To Talk With Your Child About Suicide After The Death Of A Peer

Avoiding the subject of suicide — and failing to create a safe space where your child can grieve — can actually create more harm. To end teen suicide, adults must step up, be brave, and have hard conversations.
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How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

When teens feel forced into going to therapy, their motivation to change is low, so engaging with your teenager before the appointment and involving them in the process is highly recommended.
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What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

As you digest what your child’s mental health professional has recently shared with you, consider your own needs in the areas of education, support, and engagement. Here are four steps that can help you adjust.
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5 Ways To Take Care Of YOU During The Holidays

5 Ways To Take Care Of YOU During The Holidays

Having a few effective self-care strategies can help you keep holiday-related stress to a minimum and, more importantly, help you enjoy the things about the holidays that you really love and cherish.
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A Parent’s Guide To Early Intervention For Psychosis In Children

A Parent’s Guide To Early Intervention For Psychosis In Children

Has your child been acting differently lately? Did they used to be organized, outgoing, and actively involved in class and social activities but have recently become withdrawn and disorganized? Have they even started sharing strange thoughts and ideas?
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Your Child’s Teacher Can Be A Powerful Advocate In The Classroom

Your Child’s Teacher Can Be A Powerful Advocate In The Classroom

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, autism, or another learning disability need support in all aspects of their lives, especially in the classroom. As a parent, you are the most important advocate for your child, but you’re not alone. Your child’s teachers and school administrators can provide valuable, much-needed support.
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Types Of Therapy Available For Your Child

Types Of Therapy Available For Your Child

It’s a common misconception that psychotherapy is one-size-fits-all. But there are actually many different types of mental health treatments available, ranging from traditional “talk therapy” to play therapy to many specialized variations of treatment.
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In Honor Of Military And Veteran Families: Talking With Children About Military Service

In Honor Of Military And Veteran Families: Talking With Children About Military Service

Veterans Day is a time to step back and honor those who have served or are currently serving our country. It’s a day to reflect on how the service and sacrifice of others have paved the way for the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy.
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Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

About 10% of children ages 4-17 suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These kids often struggle to control their hyperactivity and/or impulsivity at school, which significantly impacts their ability to learn effectively.
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Settling in After a Move? Some Quick Resources and Suggestions to Support your Military-Connected Child

As we settle into fall, the big military moving season is behind us. And if you experienced a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) over the summer, your family is likely…
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Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

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 (STS).
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Championing Your Military Child: How to Advocate for their Success and Mental Health

The role of an advocate is to support, speak on behalf of, promote, protect, and champion. Children, even if they are nearing legal age, require a champion in their corner…
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School’s Out – Structure the Summer for Fall Success

School’s Out – Structure the Summer for Fall Success

Children often have difficulty adjusting to transitions. Luckily, you can reduce the stress of adjusting to a new school year by adding some light structure to your child’s summer schedule.
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4 Reasons Why Military Moms are True Superheroes

4 Reasons Why Military Moms are True Superheroes

As Mother’s Day approaches, I would like to take the opportunity to shine a light on military moms. You are all truly amazing, and here are some reasons why.
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The Month of the Military Child: Strength, Resilience, and Challenges for the Youth of Our Service Members

“We are the children of warriors. And although it was initially a role not of our choosing, it is a role perpetuated by many of us with pride … It is an attitude, a way…
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Is Social Media Impacting Your Child’s Mental Health? What You Can Do to Help

Is Social Media Impacting Your Child’s Mental Health? What You Can Do to Help

While social media does have some positive influences on society, including allowing us to connect more easily with friends and family, it also has potential negative impacts, especially on kids.
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5 Habits for a More Mindful, Healthy Approach to Life

5 Habits for a More Mindful, Healthy Approach to Life

Confession: I am starting to feel stressed out by the relentless calls for “mindfulness” in my life. Yet we all need something — whatever we want to call it — to keep ourselves focused, productive, and, yes, happy, in our roles as parents.
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A Parent’s Guide to Battling Teen Suicide

A Parent’s Guide to Battling Teen Suicide

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death between ages 10 and 34, according to the National Institute for Mental Health.
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Supporting Your Child During a Military-Related Separation

Between deployments, TDYs, training in the field, and preparing for missions at training centers, frequent separations are a common reality for military families. This can…
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How Self-Care Can Make You a Better Parent

How Self-Care Can Make You a Better Parent

How do you keep the effects of stress at bay so you can be a better, healthier parent? One of the best ways to manage stress is to make self-care a priority.
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Mental Health Support for Your Child at School – Who’s On the Team?

When children are struggling with mental health issues, their performance at school is often one of the first indicators. Your child’s teachers are in the unique position…
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Promoting Military Family Resilience Through Self-Care

Resilience is a word that military families hear often, so often that it may just sound like a modern buzzword tossed out at briefings and townhall meetings. While the…
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Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa often begin around age 12 or 13, and they have one of the highest mortality rates among mental illnesses.
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Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

If your child has difficulty waking up in the morning or is sleepy during the day, these may be signs that your child is not getting adequate sleep. Other signs include mood swings, irritability, decreased attention span, and memory problems.
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Could a 504 Plan Help Your Child Do Better in School?

Many parents are familiar with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), which are an important part of the school day for…
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Securing Your Safety Net: How collaborating with your child on a crisis plan can keep all of you safe

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

As we waited for an ambulance to take Eric, still raging, to the hospital, I sunk down to the curb, looking at my fingers, still sticky from pancake syrup. I will never forget what happened next.
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Agoraphobia: What to Look for and How to Help

Agoraphobia: What to Look for and How to Help

Agoraphobia - the fear of being in public spaces - is the intense fear a person experiences when exposed to a threatening situation, along with the tendency to avoid situations or environments perceived as threatening.
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5 Healthy Habits to Promote Mental Wellness for Military Families

It’s a new year, and that means it’s a perfect time to reflect on our habits and goals for ourselves and our family – especially around mental wellness for your family.…
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Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

While the holidays are meant to bring us joy and rest, these changes can be disruptive or stressful for families with children. This may be especially true for families with children who have a mental health diagnosis.
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Supporting Your Service Member Spouse Through Re-Deployment

The time leading up to your spouse returning from deployment is often a frenzy of varied emotions, tasks in preparation, and expectations for the time together to come.…
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What Parents Need to Know About the Opioid Crisis

What Parents Need to Know About the Opioid Crisis

As parents, it’s critical we educate ourselves on the opioid crisis and risk factors so that we can have honest conversations with our children to protect them from this risk.
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Four common challenges that military kids face … and what parents can do to help

If you grew up in a military family, you know that many of the challenges you faced were different than those of your civilian friends. While there are
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Feeling Gratitude in a Valley of Shadows: What one mother has gained from her son's serious mental illness

Feeling Gratitude in a Valley of Shadows: What one mother has gained from her son's serious mental illness

For many lonely, exhausting years while my child was desperately ill, I struggled to feel grateful for anything as I drove from one specialist to another. I came across some positive psychology research almost by chance.
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Understanding the Mental Health Risks for Children in Foster Care

Understanding the Mental Health Risks for Children in Foster Care

Unstable family relationships, changing environments, and exposure to trauma all contribute to the increased risk of mental illness for kids in foster care.
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Be Aware of these 6 Hidden Signs of Depression

Be Aware of these 6 Hidden Signs of Depression

Children and adolescents often experience depressive symptoms in a different way than adults. Since these signs are less intuitive than some of the more common symptoms, they are easy to overlook.
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Kids Fight Bullying At The Lunch Table

Kids Fight Bullying At The Lunch Table

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.
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5 Common Myths about Child Mental Illness that Could Keep Parents from Seeking Help

5 Common Myths about Child Mental Illness that Could Keep Parents from Seeking Help

Due to feelings of shame or misunderstandings about mental illness, some parents fear taking their child in to be diagnosed or “labeled.”
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Marijuana and ADHD – A Serious Combination of Risks

Marijuana and ADHD – A Serious Combination of Risks

Since ADHD is one of the most common mental health disorders in young people, and marijuana is one of the most commonly used illegal substances, it’s no surprise there is cross-over between the two.
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Does My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?

Does My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?

Unfortunately, because bipolar disorder is often misunderstood as someone being occasionally moody, recognizing the signs of clinical bipolar disorder in your child can be hard to spot.
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How Military Parents Miss the Warning Signs of Mental Illness in their Kids

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…
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More than Their Labels: How to talk to your child about their diagnosis

More than Their Labels: How to talk to your child about their diagnosis

Every child is unique, with special needs, abilities, and strengths. Learning how to focus on those strengths can be critical when parents talk to their children about mental health conditions.
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How Trauma Affects Kids in Schools

How Trauma Affects Kids in Schools

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

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

Your child is no longer actively suicidal and has been discharged from their inpatient stay. There are several things you can do to help your child's recovery continue after the initial crisis has subsided.
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Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

All children can experience anxiety about starting a new school year. Mental health conditions can exacerbate those common anxieties and fears, sometimes even making your child physically ill.
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Upfront Communication Can Help Ease the Fears of Military Children

 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…
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How to Prepare for Your Child Turning 18

How to Prepare for Your Child Turning 18

Because of health care laws, it’s important to prepare and discuss with your child the steps you can take together as a family to make sure that your child continues to receive quality care after they turn 18.
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Helping Refugee Children with their Mental Health Needs

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.…
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A Strong Support System Reaps Big Rewards for Military Kids

Long before the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” found its way into American culture, military parents knew that raising their children in a safe and…
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How does poverty impact mental illness?

How does poverty impact mental illness?

Not only do children who live in poverty struggle to have their basic needs met but they are also at risk for higher levels of mental illness.
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You’re Not Alone: Finding a Support System when Your Child Struggles with Mental Illness

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…
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What Is a Good Post-Treatment Plan?

What Is a Good Post-Treatment Plan?

Your goal is to help your child learn the skills to manage their mental health diagnosis so treatment will eventually come to an end. Empower your child and your family by talking to your provider about formulating a post-treatment plan.
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Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

While I no longer plan summer daycare for my soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter, there’s no way I would have left my son Eric, who lives with bipolar disorder, home alone at the age of 13. He would not have been safe.
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Is it Anxiety, ADHD, or Both?

Is it Anxiety, ADHD, or Both?

Since some of the diagnostic criteria for ADHD and anxiety can seem similar, the differences between the two diagnoses can be very confusing!
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Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

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

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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7 Free Screening Tools for Children's Mental Health Concerns

7 Free Screening Tools for Children's Mental Health Concerns

You’ve noticed some changes in your child or teen and you’re wondering if something more is going on than them just having a rough day. Perhaps their teacher or coach has…
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5 Signs Your Teen Might Be Depressed

5 Signs Your Teen Might Be Depressed

When your happy-go-lucky child turns into an irritable, secretive, and moody teenager, how do you know whether they are exhibiting typical teen behavior or something more serious like depression?
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You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

Parents of kids with mental illnesses fight so many daily battles that trying to get a stubborn child to eat a healthy meal can seem like an impossible task. But healthy meals are worth the fight.
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Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Sometimes, getting a teenager to do something that’s good for them may seem next to impossible. However, teens need their parent's guidance and support to make mental health a priority.
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Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Planning Ahead Helps kids Deal with Moving Stressors

The military move. Inevitable and exciting? Yes. Stressful? Not necessarily. With planning and communication, a military move can be something children – and parents –…
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Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

My experience with my child has shown me that parents can plan for a successful adventure despite the challenges of mental illness. Here are a few things I have learned.
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When Valentine's Day Falls Short

When Valentine's Day Falls Short

Coming home empty handed on Valentine's Day can leave adolescents feeling unpopular and heartbroken. Here are a few ideas on how to help your teen when they are feeling left out on Valentine’s Day.
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when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

Anxious children react to their environment in a variety of ways - some of which parents may find surprising! Often, a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder will behave like an angry, sad or disruptive child.
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how to coparent during a deployment

Coparenting, or the coordination between parents as they work together to raise a child, is hard work. Staying consistent, attuned, and effective as a team is a challenge…
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preparing a child for a parent’s deployment

There are some common ideas that parents have around deployments and their children. Some believe that the little ones won’t even realize that Mom/Dad left; or since they…
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reconnecting with your child after deployment

Jason was sitting on the white bus waiting to be taken to the parade field for the big homecoming formation and ceremony. This was his third time coming home, but last…
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what does consistency in parenting look like for military families? 

what does consistency in parenting look like for military families? 

Imagine if you didn't know the Standard Operating Procedures for your job. What if you had no clue what would or wouldn’t upset your boss? For most of us, that would cause a lot of anxiety! The same is true for children. They need consistency.
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how to take the best of your military training into the family and leave the rest at the door

how to take the best of your military training into the family and leave the rest at the door

Here are key military values that are great to bring in to the family (with moderation) plus a couple of additional values that are essential to good child development.
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the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

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

I knew from an early age that my son was not defined by his behaviors, but building self-worth and confidence in a child who experiences mental health challenges is a difficult task.
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the undue pressure of being picture-perfect

the undue pressure of being picture-perfect

While society’s idea of family may include myriad combinations of gender, age, race, background, and socio-economic status, we remain fixated on attaining perfection. And in large part, we do that to ourselves through social media.
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time for you: five new years resolutions for a happy, healthy new year

time for you: five new years resolutions for a happy, healthy new year

Parenting a child who has mental illness means that your life doesn’t look like everyone else’s—and it doesn’t have to. This year, while everyone else is heading to the gym again, resolve to care for yourself, just as much as you care for your children.
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burnout: it’s not just for adults

burnout: it’s not just for adults

When experiencing stress at unhealthy levels, students can begin feeling sick, leading to missed school days that make them fall behind on coursework, causing more stress!
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teens and the technology trap

teens and the technology trap

While our teens are not in close physical proximity to one another, they are connected nearly constantly through technology. But is that connection enough to satisfy the emotional needs of our teens? There’s a wealth of research data that says it is not.
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5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

Amid the swirls of lights, color, sounds, laughter, parties, gifts and special events, the comfort of routines can get lost during the holidays and the increased stimulus can put everyone on edge.
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Texas legislates for change in kids’ mental health

The 85th Legislative Session in Texas was busy when it came to mental health. This was a result of a
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feeling thankful in the midst of challenges

feeling thankful in the midst of challenges

Since my children were young, we’ve practiced the same Thanksgiving tradition. During the first week of November, we sit down together and make our “Thankful Turkeys.” Some years, this activity is harder than other years.
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helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, even more so after divorce or separation. While the season may feel different, planning and concerted efforts can help your child have a positive experience during these times.
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the best way to cheer for your child

the best way to cheer for your child

Support comes in all shapes and sizes, and this advice applies to more than just sports. Your child needs your healthy support in every activity, from soccer to competitive rock, paper, scissors.
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Pastoral Care and Mental Illness

Understanding mental illness and how to help a loved one experiencing it is a difficult challenge for friends and family… and clergy. In times of struggle and crisis, many…
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a strength-based approach to helping kids with ADHD

a strength-based approach to helping kids with ADHD

Children with ADHD are often identified by what they struggle with or cannot do, rather than the strengths and abilities the children already have. Many teachers are now focusing on providing challenges to play to a child’s strengths.
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what if your child is the bully?

what if your child is the bully?

While being bullied may cause an otherwise healthy child to develop mental health issues, bullying behavior may also be a sign that a child is struggling and needs help.
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a parents’ guide to children’s mental health

a parents’ guide to children’s mental health

We are proud to introduce "Children’s Mental Health: A Guide for Parents," a free handbook specifically designed to help parents understand their child’s mental illness and support them on a journey toward mental health.
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when it comes to mental health, lead by example

when it comes to mental health, lead by example

Adolescence is hard – some might argue more so than adulthood – so if taking a mental health day benefits an adult, why wouldn’t it also benefit a child?
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understanding obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

understanding obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Elizabeth McIngvale was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the age of 12 and discusses OCD from her unique position as a patient AND a psychologist.
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suicide prevention in the age of cyber bullying – how you can help

suicide prevention in the age of cyber bullying – how you can help

According to a national study, between 6 and 35 percent of the young people in this country have experienced some form cyber bullying. It’s being recognized as a new form of violence, and it has potentially devastating consequences.
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Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

Regardless of how grandparents find themselves parenting again, the same challenges of raising kids they once faced still exist — and new challenges have been layered on top.
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children’s mental health and the juvenile justice system

children’s mental health and the juvenile justice system

Between 30 and 50% of kids in the juvenile justice system experience mental illness. Family involvement is the single best asset these kids can have.
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finding the help you need in your child’s school

For any child with mental health needs, school can be a challenging and frustrating place. And schools can't help if they don’t understand the extent of your child’s…
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risky business - when your child’s behaviors and habits might be unhealthy

risky business - when your child’s behaviors and habits might be unhealthy

Recognizing these risky behaviors can help identify a problem before it becomes more difficult to treat, and before any long-term or permanent damage has been done.
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at the intersection of faith and mental health

For many of us, our spiritual leaders are a natural first place to turn in times of mental health challenges. They know us and our families, they are often a comforting…
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the troubling stats on teen suicide among hispanic girls

the troubling stats on teen suicide among hispanic girls

The Huffington Post reports Hispanic teenage girls have the highest rate of suicide attempts among all teenage demographics. Given that over 62% of San Antonio’s population is Hispanic, this is a serious issue for us.
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building mental health resiliency in the summer months

building mental health resiliency in the summer months

Building resiliency in kids with mental health challenges is a year-round process, but the summer months can prove to be especially challenging.
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8 volunteer ideas for kids to help instill empathy

8 volunteer ideas for kids to help instill empathy

Whether through one-time projects like collecting canned goods for a local food bank or ongoing projects like monthly visits to a senior citizens center, there is a variety of opportunities for families to volunteer together.
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mental Illness and your college-bound child

mental Illness and your college-bound child

Going away to college – it’s a rite of passage for many and a time of huge personal growth and change. But for young adults dealing with mental health problems, it represents a whole new set of challenges.
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strength amid the stress: nurturing yourself and your spouse

strength amid the stress: nurturing yourself and your spouse

As important as it is to ensure your child gets the care he or she needs, it is also important that your spouse and your relationship get the attention both need in order to thrive.
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how to afford mental health treatment

Navigating the sometimes-complicated pathways to get to the right care for a child experiencing mental health issues can be frustrating. Once you do find the care your…
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5 ways to keep your teen healthy and happy this summer

5 ways to keep your teen healthy and happy this summer

Let’s talk about some ways to keep the summer fun and easy, while making sure your kids get what they need to stay healthy, busy and happy.
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what to expect at your child’s first appointment with the psychiatrist

what to expect at your child’s first appointment with the psychiatrist

Let’s talk about what you can expect at your child’s first visit with the psychiatrist, and how you can help ease the stress for both of you.
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Helping Your Child Cope with a Military Deployment

Helping Your Child Cope with a Military Deployment

A parent’s deployment can bring up a lot of stress for families. In a two-parent household, deployment means a change to a single-parent structure, with all the economic and social pressure that comes with that.
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How to Help an Anxious Child

How to Help an Anxious Child

Beyond helping with the immediate clinical anxiety, mental health treatment can help improve self-esteem and communication skills that can last a lifetime.
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Where to Start When Your Child Needs Mental Health Care

Where to Start When Your Child Needs Mental Health Care

Where can you go for help if your child who shows signs that he or she may be experiencing a mental illness? Beth Confer, Licensed Professional Council with Clarity Child Guidance Center in San Antonio, offers some answers.
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3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

Your heart hurts seeing your child struggling with their mental health. There are things you can do to help your kiddo - as well as yourself and your whole family!
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13 ways to talk to your kids about 13 reasons why

13 ways to talk to your kids about 13 reasons why

"13 Reasons Why" 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.
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mental illness: know the facts, dispel the myths

mental illness: know the facts, dispel the myths

These are the most common myths about children's mental illness that we encounter, and the facts that disprove them.
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turn your manicure into #Maynicures

During the month of May – Mental Health Awareness Month – those in the know turn their manicures into Maynicures. What’s the difference? A Maynicure features four…
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stress vs. trauma: one is not like the other

stress vs. trauma: one is not like the other

Occasional stress is a disruptive but normal part of a child’s life. Trauma is much more severe and complex, and it is critical to deal with it in a different way for the sake of the child.
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Do You Know The Warning Signs Of Drug Use/Abuse?

Recognizing the warning signs of drug use/abuse in youth isn’t easy. Recognizing those warning signs in our own children is even harder in part…
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why focusing on your child's bad behavior can be so wrong

why focusing on your child's bad behavior can be so wrong

Behavior problems are a signal that there is something else wrong in the child’s life. The behavior itself is rarely the actual problem but usually the product of something else.
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is the emergency room the best choice for your child’s mental illness crisis?

is the emergency room the best choice for your child’s mental illness crisis?

When your child needs physical care as well as mental, an emergency room is clearly the best option. However, mental health patients face two major hurdles when they use the ER for treatment during a crisis.
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playing can improve your child’s mental health

playing can improve your child’s mental health

By depriving children of opportunities to play on their own, away from direct adult supervision and control, we are depriving them of opportunities to learn how to take control of their own lives.
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tapping into school counseling to support your child’s mental health

Without a doubt, schools and their staff play a huge role in children’s lives. Often the adults in a child’s school life spend more time each day with our…
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5 strategies for standardized testing survival

Standardized testing for many families is the toughest time of the school year. The pressure to perform ripples through classrooms across the country. In Texas, that…
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your child’s school can be part of your mental health support system

One out of five children will experience mental illness. That’s 80,000 kids in Bexar County alone. The need for support for these children, their parents and their…
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do more children struggle with mental illness than ever before?

do more children struggle with mental illness than ever before?

The data is shocking and saddening, and it seems to indicate that incidences of mental illness among children are on the rise. But is it accurate?
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what causes children's mental illness?

what causes children's mental illness?

The causes of mental illness are hot topics for research and understanding by medical doctors, psychologists and therapists alike.
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the significant link between childhood ADHD and adult homelessness

the significant link between childhood ADHD and adult homelessness

Children with ADHD – even when successfully treated – may need additional help overcoming some of the obstacles they’ll face as they make the transition to successful adults.
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seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues

seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues

When the winter blues become much more, it’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and left untreated, could lead to serious complications.
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untreated mental illness can mean a shorter lifespan

untreated mental illness can mean a shorter lifespan

There is a 10 to 25 year life expectancy reduction for individuals experiencing severe mental disorders according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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mental health wellness: what you need to know

mental health wellness: what you need to know

Habits and life routines affect our mental health and well-being. So what can we do to create a better mental health our children?
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a new year, a fresh approach to mental wellness month

a new year, a fresh approach to mental wellness month

Scientists are realizing that many of the things we ought to do for our general physical health – like eating well, exercising and getting enough rest – have profound effects on our mental wellness, too.
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children's mental illness: how do you know the signs?

children's mental illness: how do you know the signs?

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day.
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blogging for hope: why children's mental health matters

As someone who is concerned about children’s mental health, you know that good and timely information is critical for parents when it comes to their child’s future and…
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what's in the way of joy-filled holidays with your loved ones?

what's in the way of joy-filled holidays with your loved ones?

Our children can be especially sensitive to family interpersonal dynamics during the holiday season, so parents must be aware of how interactions and emotions can impact their kids.
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understanding bullying is the first step in stomping it out

understanding bullying is the first step in stomping it out

Attempting to identify the “bad person(s)” or “bad kid(s)” who are then labeled as a “bully” leaves much to be desired in addressing the underlying problems associated with bullying.
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Pathways to Hope: The Intersection of Faith & Mental Health

Our faith leaders - pastors, priests and rabbis - are in a unique position to be the first line of defense when confronting mental illness. Speaking at the recent
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Pathways to Hope: Local preacher helps normalize mental health issues.

There are people in our lives and communities that we assume always have it together, all of the time. From the impeccable PTA volunteers at our children’s…
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Back-to-School, Back-to-Mental Health Concerns?

Back-to-School, Back-to-Mental Health Concerns?

It's critical to determine if what our children are experiencing is part of the normal range of back-to-school nerves, or indicative of a larger mental health problem.
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De-Escalating a Dangerous Situation: SAPD’s Crisis Intervention Training

De-Escalating a Dangerous Situation: SAPD’s Crisis Intervention Training

San Antonio Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is a local initiative to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises.
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Summers: Now Vs. Then

Summers: Now Vs. Then

As parents, we know that our summers looked different from those of our children. Hustling our kids to different activities and camps isn’t allowing them to blossom in the ways we might hope.
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Mother turned filmmaker shares the fight for her child in “No Letting Go”

Parental intuition is a powerful force; one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Imagine if you instinctively knew something was wrong with your child, but everywhere you…
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Strong Minds and Happy Hearts

As parents of tweens and teens, we must have so many challenging conversations with our children. We talk to them about the dangers of smoking, alcohol and drugs. We speak…
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Pinwheels for Change

To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, One in Five Minds is introducing Pinwheels for Change. The colorful and vibrant pinwheels are no ordinary pinwheels,…
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Integrating Physical & Psychiatric Care

Integrating Physical & Psychiatric Care

We all have an intrinsic idea that the health of mind has an important correlation to the well being of the physical self. Even with this seemingly recognized connection, medical health care and mental health care have historically been separated.
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"Don't Talk About My Child That Way!"

The old adage “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” is simply not true. Words are powerful. Use the right ones and you can make a great…
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Mental Illness and The Movies

If you’re asked to name a movie character with a mental illness, what example pops into your mind?Whoever you pick, chances are the character isn’t portrayed in…
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Yes Waiver: Next Steps.

Our previous post introduced you to the Yes Waiver, the State sponsored program for children and adolescents…
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Be YES Aware: Help when things look desperate.

When a child or teen has a mental disorder, it doesn’t just affect the diagnosed, but all members of the family, and all aspects of family life. And if the mental health…
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Are School Counselors Outnumbered?

.When people bring up the subject of public schools, the most often discussed topics revolve around academic standardization, teacher accountability and…
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The light at the end of the tunnel

Over the last few months, we’ve brought to light the lack of emergency psychiatric care options for children in Bexar County. (Please see
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Stop the stigma

People living with mental illness often say the stigma and discrimination associated with their illness can be worse than the mental illness itself.So what…
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That time poetry killed the suicide plan

A recent headline caught our attention: “How a…
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Join the conversation on mental health in your neighborhood Aug. 11

One in Five Minds is hosting a series of Community Conversations on Children’s Mental Health throughout San Antonio. The first one will be held August 11 at…
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Senator Creigh Deeds: The urgency of now

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was the keynote luncheon speaker at Claritycon2015 in San Antonio, Texas on June 18, 2015.Virginia State Senator…
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Becoming part of the solution: “We work with their diagnosis, not against it.”

Becoming part of the solution: “We work with their diagnosis, not against it.”

With three kids who suffer from mental illness, Trudy and her husband Toby are setting an amazing example of practical wisdom to help their children succeed and to instill strong values in them.
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Steps San Antonio is taking to improve children’s mental health

The sad part of society, according to Judge Nelson Wolff, is that we make things worse for people with mental illness.Wolff was one of the featured speakers during…
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Current state of mental health services in San Antonio

Clarity Child Guidance Center, sponsor of the advocacy campaign One in Five Minds, held a press conference May 6, 2015, during National Children’s Mental Health…
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Be the wind that makes Pinwheels for Hope turn

“I am not giving up. I am not throwing in the towel. And I am going to continuously share my family’s story!” said Justice Luz Elena Chapa.Chapa was one of the…
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Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and One in Five Minds is raising awareness of the important role mental health…
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College prep for teens struggling with mental health issues

College prep for teens struggling with mental health issues

Living away from home for the first time, making new friends and handling the rigors of coursework can make the transition to college difficult for any student. Add in an existing mental illness and the challenge is even harder.
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Is ADHD considered a mental illness?

Is ADHD considered a mental illness?

When a child has ADHD, their brain is working overtime, all of the time. A key symptom is difficulty in calming down, because their brain is overcompensating for the complex processing that is taking place.
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Research reveal, Part II - Professionals

Our article from April 6 shared compelling information from a recent survey that…
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Research reveal, Part I - Parent's focus

With nearly 130 years of service to the community, Clarity Child Guidance Center has gained a considerable understanding of children’s mental health.  We also understand…
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Why are we afraid to talk about mental illness? – guest blog post

A couple of weeks ago a woman I have not spoken to in thirty years contacted me to ask for my…
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Language matters: helping kids by the way we speak – guest blog post

Growing up, I saw firsthand what labeling a child can do. In elementary school, my brother was…
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Where did all the mental healthcare facilities go?

Teresa was a lively child. She liked to play with her dolls and make up adventurous stories to…
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Mental health, the global economy, and Dr. Seuss

It is fun to have fun but you have to know how. - Dr. SeussIs there any sound…
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Would you wait to treat a broken arm?

If you’re reading this, odds are you have a child in your life that you love deeply. You may be…
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What are the warning signs of mental illness?

What are the warning signs of mental illness?

The following are some of the warning signs that a child may be struggling with mental illness.
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Redefining anger in children and youth—guest blog post

Redefining anger in children and youth—guest blog post

As a clinician I have worked with children, youth, and adults throughout my career who struggle with anger issues. And while I understand clinically what is going on, it is the scariest thing for me to navigate as a parent.
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San Antonio Police Department Mental Health Crisis Team

Shortly after 911, Officer William Kasberg’s department was called to a week-long class about…
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One in Five Minds presents Claritycon2015 luncheon speaker Creigh Deeds

One in Five Minds is pleased to present the luncheon speaker for Claritycon2015 –…
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Will neuroscience ever provide anything useful for children's mental health?

Will neuroscience ever provide anything useful for children's mental health?

One in Five Minds collaborated with TEDxSanAntonio to present this unique children's mental health event on September 13, 2014.
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Take mental health out of the shadows—talk about it

“As a community, we would never allow a child with a broken arm to go untreated, or wait three…
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An award to remember a devoted advocate

Kathy Cunningham passed away in November 2013. She was a registered nurse, certified addictions…
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Be an advocate for children's mental health—order your One in Five Minds t-shirt today!

Our new One in Five Minds t-shirt is an attractive way to show your support for children's mental health! This unisex shirt is made of 100% cotton and available…
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Case Study of a Child with Mental Illness

Case Study of a Child with Mental Illness

Soad Michelsen, MD, president and senior medical director of Southwest Psychiatric Physicians, presents a Case Study of a Child with Mental Illness.
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The scary truth

What’s the scariest part about Halloween? It continues to stigmatize people struggling with…
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We found the casseroles!

We found the casseroles!

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.
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Suicide prevention starts with awareness

Suicide prevention starts with awareness

"Suicide is complex. There are almost always multiple causes, including psychiatric illnesses, which may not have been recognized or treated. However, these illnesses are treatable."
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Children's mental health: Where are the casseroles?

Children's mental health: Where are the casseroles?

We’re excited to collaborate with TEDxSanAntonio on a unique children's mental health event this fall. It's called the TEDxSanAntonio Salon on Children's Mental Health - Where Are The Casseroles?
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Learning about back to school and mental health

Learning about back to school and mental health

Children may already be exhibiting symptoms of mental illness before entering school, but the stress, anxiety, and relational challenges schools create may contribute to or intensify those symptoms.
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Picture yourself raising awareness

If you’re like most people, you have the desire to help, but often don’t know where to begin.…
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What needs to change?

Each day, thousands of young people contending with a mental illness wake up and go quietly…
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The healing power of a story

We like to tell stories. Long before technology streamlined our communication to texts, posts,…
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It's time to tell our stories

“Share your story” was one of the themes of the morning as we celebrated the one year anniversary…
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YOU make a difference

A campaign like One in Five Minds is introduced to create awareness and encourage…
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Tis the season to be...

Tis the season to be...

While others enjoy the fun and festivities, a child struggling with depression or anxiety can feel conflicted and stressed during the holidays.
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Did We Get It All Wrong?

Did We Get It All Wrong?

In this TEDxSanAntonio Children's Mental Health Salon talk, Dr. Polanco shares how not seeing the clinical background first, helped her to first see another side of this beautiful little girl.
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What's your story?

On October 14, One in Five Minds hosted “A Conversation with Liza Long.” Liza is an…
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One in Five Minds presents: A conversation with Liza Long

On a cool October evening, nearly 200 people gathered to hear a parent’s perspective on raising…
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Talking about teen suicide

Talking about teen suicide

The biggest reason many teens don’t talk to their parents about their suicidal thoughts is their perception that their parents would “freak out.” Would you?
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Back to school with friends, and frenemies?

Back to school with friends, and frenemies?

For a child contending with a frenemy, the impact on their mental health can be even more severe, including anxiety and low self esteem, which can begin to affect family relationships.
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Bullied, bullies and children's mental health

Bullied, bullies and children's mental health

Bullying is a frequent and unwelcome part of childhood and adolescence, and can have a negative impact on a child’s mental health. What do you do when you suspect your child is being bullied or bullying others?
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Doing nothing is expensive

Doing nothing is expensive

Untreated, a child struggling with a mental illness may affect community costs by emergency room visits, juvenile justice actions and school disruption.
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On movies, mental health and Roger Ebert

Popular film critic Roger Ebert died in April after a long struggle with cancer. He was 70…
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Words with Friends

Words With Friends is one of the more popular game apps. This post is about a different…
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One special day!

On March 28, the San Antonio community took One giant leap toward increasing access to mental health treatment for kids and their families with the launch of…
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One very good reason

Why One In Five Minds? If you’ve reviewed the One In Five Minds website,…
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One in Five Minds launch...

The special launch event for One in Five Minds took place on Thursday, March 28, 2013,…
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