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Anxiety & Depression

How To Talk About COVID Grief in The Classroom

From the more than 550,000 people who have died from COVID in the U.S. to a national reckoning with racism and ongoing racially motivated violence, this year has been characterized by loss and suffering. Experts say educators should be addressing this loss and these hardships in the classroom in a safe and thoughtful way. Read more ›

Are You Ready for Reentry?

When stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic were first issued, many people worried about being unable to leave their homes while also working, helping educate their school-aged children and dealing with the many additional stressors related to the spreading virus.

Now, as restrictions begin to lift, some of the very same people find themselves experiencing what experts are calling “reentry anxiety” — fear about reentering society and leaving their “quarantine crew” behind. Read more ›

CHC in the Press: The Importance of Checking In — CHC Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Ramsey Khasho

In an interview withe the Nob Hill Gazette, CHC’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Ramsey Khasho, offers invaluable insight on what many children, young adults and families have been facing — and invites parents to take an active approach to their children’s menCHCtal health. Read more ›

CHC in the Press: How CHC Is Leading an Emotional Recovery for Silicon Valley Families

CHC has been a hub for resources for youth mental health, learning differences, ADHD, anxiety, depression and autism. The year 2023 will mark 70 years since Peninsula-based pediatrician Dr. Esther B. Clark founded Children’s Health Council as “a place where kids come first,” with its clinical services, community clinic and the Sand Hill School and Esther B. Clark Schools. Numerous points of connection, including a podcast, blog, workshops, resource library and now, telehealth access, have expanded greatly over the last year to meet increased demand. Read more ›

10 Tips to Manage Re-Entry Anxiety Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The level of uncertainty inherent in the COVID-19 pandemic has been anxiety-provoking for most people. Now, attempting to resume required activities, while the pandemic is still ongoing, is another transition that the brain needs to adapt to, in a short span of time. So, it’s not surprising that this new transition would be anxiety-provoking.

Here are some key things you can do to effectively cope with re-entry anxiety during these unusual times. Read more ›

Practical Ways to Support Anxious Kids’ Return to School

Psychologist Collett Smart offers tips to ease the return to in-person education on her website, Raising Teenagers. Read more ›

My Mental Health: Do I Need Help? [downloadable]

First, determine how much your symptoms interfere with your daily life.  This fact sheet from the National Institute of Mental Health offers some guidance and next steps. Read more ›

Schools Are Reopening: Why Students Might Need More Support Than Ever

In the flurry of debate and societal pressure to reopen schools, some quieter voices are missing from the dialogue—the children who are terrified to go back.

Together we have all experienced a form of collective trauma as most of the world ground to a halt for a year in which we have witnessed the pandemic ravage our lives and economy. Many children have lived through a great deal of hardship and loss over the past year, disproportionately so youth from marginalized or resource-scarce backgrounds. Read more ›

In Schools, Finding Hope at a Hopeless Time

While pandemic schooling has always been hard, it’s seemed to get harder as time has gone on according to educators who are desperately looking for ways to help students stay motivated. Teachers have reported that students increasingly see school as irrelevant and feel a sense of hopelessness about the future. Even with vaccinations and school openings increasing, there are reported upticks in youth depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts. Read more ›

What are California Teachers Seeing As the Early Grades Go Back to School?

Rarely has the prospect of going back to school generated so much glee in the hearts of young children. Now, as many California children in the early grades have started to venture back into the classroom after a long year of lockdowns and distance learning, teachers say they are seeing much rejoicing, as well as some anxiety, on campus. Read more ›

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