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45% of Teens Say They’re Stressed “All the Time,” Turn to Online Resources and Apps for Help Says Poll

online-social media73In a recent poll that asked tens of thousands of high school students how often they feel stressed, nearly 45% said “all the time,” citing relationships and teachers as the primary reasons why. “How often are you stressed,” was one of the four questions asked in the stress and mental health awareness poll hosted by the social network After School. Read more »

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APA Resources for Teachers [web resource]

APA educatorresources72Psychology’s insights can help teachers manage behavior problems, motivate students, assist struggling learners, handle stress, support gifted and talented youth, and more. The American Psychological Association (APA) also supports the teaching of high school psychology. Read more »

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How to Deal with Grief [downloadable]

girl grief70The How to Deal with Grief fact sheet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides information for people experiencing grief as a normal response to loss or death. It describes how grief feels, how long it lasts, and the four-step grieving process. It also discusses how grief differs from depression and provides additional resources. Read more »

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What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

anxious girl69When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child to suffer, actually exacerbate the youngster’s anxiety. It happens when parents, anticipating a child’s fears, try to protect her from them. Read more »

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Talking to Kids When They Need Help

conversationmentalhealth68As parents and teachers, you are the first line of support for kids and teens. It’s important for you to have an open line of communication with them and build a sense of trust. When your kids and teens are having difficulties, you want them to feel comfortable turning to you for help.

Just as important, is the ability to identify when your kids are struggling emotionally. Read more »

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3 Mindful Breathing Activities for Classroom Transition

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Mindful Schools began a classroom at Emerson Elementary School in Oakland, CA in 2007 when a small team assembled their collective experience in education, social justice, and mindfulness. The program is founded on the belief that mindfulness provides young people with a compass to navigate their lives.

The following post by Betsy Hanger suggests three activities to create short moments of mindfulness for your students. Read more »

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APA Psychology Help Center [web resource]

mental-health66The American Psychological Association (APA) is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.

APA’s Psychology Help Center is an online consumer resource featuring information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being. Read more »

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APA Resources for Coping with Mass Shootings, Understanding Gun Violence

Sad teenage boy65Resources on the American Psychological Association’s website can help people with cope with stress and anxiety caused by  shootings and gun violence. Read more »

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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event [downloadable]

SAMHSATipsforTalkingWithKidsafterDisasterChildren respond to trauma in many different ways. Some may have reactions very soon after the event; others may do fine for weeks or months, and then begin to show troubling behavior. Knowing the signs that are common at different ages can help parents and teachers identify problems and respond appropriately. Read more »

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The Power of a Growth Mindset to Build Resiliency in Teens [presentation] [video]

Project Cornerstone’s Executive Director, Anne Ehresman, shares how Developmental Assets and a Growth Mindset strengthens relationships, motivation and productivity. Learn about recent research and strategies for boosting achievement and building resiliency in youth. Read more »

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