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CDC Study Sheds New Light on Mental Health Crisis Linked to Coronavirus Pandemic

The Covid-19 crisis has brought with it a mental health crisis in the United States, and new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show just how broad the pandemic’s impact on mental health might be. Read more »

Free Guide: Distance Learning Strategies for Children with ADHD [downloadable]

Distance learning is difficult, unpopular, and returning for many students with ADHD this fall. Here, caregivers and educators share their most effective strategies for teaching and keeping students organized and focused while learning remotely. Read more »

Remote Learning SEL Resources for Parents, Families and Caregivers [downloadable]

Promoting SEL at Home is a series of developmentally appropriate social and emotional learning (SEL) resources for parents, families, and caregivers to use at home. These lesson ideas facilitate the development of SEL skills in children, from infancy through high school. Read more »

Supporting 2e Distance Learners Resource Kit [downloadable]

Check out this great new free resource about supporting twice exceptional (2e) learners! Resilience & Engagement for Every Learner (REEL) just launched the Teaching 2e: Supporting 2e Distance Learners Resource Kit for educators, with top tips, strategies for key challenges, and a series of in-depth blog posts. Read more »

CHC in the News: Mental Health Experts on Managing Back to School Anxiety Amid Pandemic [video]

Dr. Vidya Krishnan, Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Children’s Health Council, appeared on KTVU News to discuss strategies for coping with the anxiety and stress  many families are experiencing as children head back to school remotely. Read more »

Four Major Concerns School-Based Mental Health Professionals Have for Students This Fall

Districts across the country are wrestling with fundamental questions about what schooling will look like this fall. Just as important as the logistics for safely educating our kids after a return to school is the state of their mental well-being. Effective schooling is possible only if districts anticipate the mental health challenges many of their students will undoubtedly face. Read more »

Highly Sensitive Children Thrive in the Right Environment

Sensitive children are keen observers of the world, but tend to get overstimulated. They often live intense inner lives and are highly creative, but they are wary of new situations and of people they don’t know.

They also easily intuit the moods of others and feel their pain. This empathy draws their peers and sometimes even adults to confide in sensitive children. Later in life, they often go into helping professions like health care and counseling, where their natural gifts are put to good use. Read more »

What You Need To Know About Protective Face Masks

There’s growing evidence that masks help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Committing to wearing a mask out in the world all the time, though, can also raise some questions. What do you do when you want to take a sip of water? Or when you’re exercising?

NPR’s Sarah McCammon asked Maria Godoy, NPR’s health correspondent, some common questions about wearing masks. Read more »

Drinking Surged During the Pandemic. Know the Signs of Addiction

Retail alcohol sales jumped by 55% nationally during the third week of March, when many stay-at-home orders were put in place, according to Nielsen data, and online sales skyrocketed. Many of these trends remained for weeks. Nielsen also notes that the selling of to-go alcohol has helped sustain businesses. But the consumption of all this alcohol can be problematic for individuals, even those who haven’t had trouble with drinking in the past. Read more »

Disordered Eating in a Disordered Time

Roughly one in 10 Americans struggle with disordered eating, and the pandemic has created new hurdles for those managing difficult relationships with food. Working from home means spending the day next to a fully stocked refrigerator. Grocery trips are less frequent, creating a pressure to load up. Social meals are out of the question. And many individuals feel an enhanced degree of uncertainty and angst, which can exacerbate existing mental health challenges. Read more »

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