Talking to Youth about Mental Health

In our culture, there is stigma and misinformation surrounding mental health that can create a reluctance for individuals to talk openly and/or seek support about issues or challenges they may experience.  Youth may internalize these messages.  As caregivers, it is our responsibility to help them understand there is hope and that recovery is possible. To learn more about how you can support your child, visit the Mental Health America website and Mental Health First Aid website.

Social Media and Suicide

In response to recent concerns about disturbing images of suicide and self-injury on social media, the American Association of Suicidology, in partnership with pediatricians and subject matter experts, has released a tipsheet for parents, caregivers and behavioral health providers, entitled Social Media and Suicide: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers. This resource provides adults information about how to educate themselves about current social media trends and how to have conversations with youth on this issue. It also includes tools parents/guardians can use to monitor and control social media viewing through cell phone control options, computer hardware and internet filters.

What is Negativity Bias?

Why does my child focus more on the negative things than positive things?  Why is he/she self-critical?  What can I do to help?…As parents and caregivers, its heartbreaking to hear our children be so hard on themselves but it is actually a natural part of our evolutionary process and there are ways you can help.  Read more to learn about negativity bias (hint:  its a survival skill) and how you can support your child our own negative thoughts.

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