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Anxiety & Depression

Partly Hidden By Isolation, Many of the Nation’s Schoolchildren Struggle With Mental Health

More than 10 months into the pandemic, mental health is a simmering crisis for many of the nation’s schoolchildren, partly hidden by isolation but increasingly evident in the distress of parents, the worries of counselors and an early body of research. Read more ›

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers [downloadable]

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed recommendations for talking about protests, unsettling information and violent events. Read more ›

7 Books To Help Address and Discuss Tough Topics With Kids

2020 was — to borrow a phrase from a popular kid’s book — a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. And for parents, one of the year’s hardest jobs was trying to explain current events to young kids. Read more ›

Tips for Anxiety

Our lives have been turned upside down by a global pandemic. Many of us find the current political and social climate to be a significant source of stress as well. If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Read more ›

How to Talk to Kids About the Riots at the U.S. Capitol

No doubt many young people across the country are finding this moment extremely scary. Parents, caregivers and teachers can help children cope. Read more ›

I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet [downloadable]

Feeling overwhelmed? Read this fact sheet to learn whether it’s stress or anxiety, and what you can do to cope. Read more ›

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Whether it’s wall-to-wall coverage of a global pandemic, the latest natural disaster, a horrific mass shooting, a suicide broadcast on social media, or a violent political rally, it’s nearly impossible to keep the news at bay until you’re able to figure out what to say. The bottom line is that elementary school-aged kids and some middle schoolers have trouble fully understanding news events. Read more ›

Mental Health Is One of the Biggest Pandemic Issues We’ll Face in 2021

With progress in efforts for Covid-19 vaccines and predictions for when the population will receive them, there seems to be a light at the end of the long, harrowing pandemic tunnel.

As the physical risks are better managed with vaccines, however, what will likely still remain is the indelible impact of the pandemic weighing on the collective psyche. Read more ›

Feeling Stressed? Ways to Improve Your Well-Being

Have you been feeling more stressed than usual? Many people are during these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has many people feeling overwhelmed. Read more ›

How One Teen Handles Anxiety Disorder Through the Pandemic

NPR host Sarah McCammon interviews Mira, a Michigan teen with generalized anxiety disorder, who shares her struggles and coping strategies in this 4-minute podcast. Read more ›

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