CHOC Children's Mental Health Update April 2019
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Mental Health April 2019

Thank you Friend,

for being a champion for kids with mental illness in your community. Learn how you can help start the conversation about pediatric mental illness.

Orange County funds suicide-prevention program
The Orange County Board of Supervisors recently voted to dedicate $600,000 to create the first countywide suicide prevention program. According to this Los Angeles Times article, the money will be used to increase awareness, provide resources to those in need, support existing programs and host educational community events. The program will largely focus on youth suicide.

5 ways to encourage seniors in the face of college rejections
Given today’s very competitive college landscape, thousands of qualified students are often faced with the disappointing news of not getting accepted into their dream schools. The “we are sorry to inform you” emails can be shattering to adolescents’ self-worth, but how quickly your teens rebound is up to them – and here’s how you can help.

Boost your family’s mental health with physical activity
The arrival of spring brings longer, warmer days, providing perfect opportunities for the entire family to get active. Physical activity can help improve mood and decrease stress, in addition to a host of other benefits. With this simple guide, you can learn how to easily incorporate exercise into your family’s daily routine.

How to help your teen weather emotional storms
Despite parents’ best intentions to comfort teens during emotional meltdowns, missteps happen. Often, well-meaning questions or suggestions make the situation worse. In this New York Times column, one psychologist uses a glitter metaphor to teach parents a different approach.

5 steps parents can take to support kids following a tragedy
Making sense of a tragic event is difficult for adults. Imagine the impact on children. Whether it’s a trauma they experienced directly or saw on the news, kids can benefit from what CHOC psychologist Sheila Modir calls the “five Es.”

Coping with depression – advice for kids and teens
Understanding they are not alone and talking back to their sadness are just two ways children can address feelings of depression. CHOC experts have even more tips, written just for kids and teens.

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