CHOC Children's Mental Health Update April 2020
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How parents can deal with COVID-19 stress

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

Self-care tips and more for parents
With schools and many businesses closed amid the current pandemic, homes are now distance learning facilities, daycares, activity centers, remote offices and more. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents to practice self-care, and offers additional advice for coping with added pressures during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Seven ways to reduce COVID-19 anxiety in kids
If the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing anxiety, stress and uncertainty for adults, consider how troubling it may be for kids. Here, CHOC psychologist Dr. Sabrina Stutz offers seven things parents can do to help reduce their children’s anxiety about COVID-19.

How to teach kids to be resilient in just one week
Times of uncertainty can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Teaching children how to build resilience during challenging times can help them be happier, more motivated and more willing to adopt positive attitudes. CHOC psychologist Dr. Sheila Modir provides an outline for how parents can spend just one week focusing on resilience-building for the entire family.

Four tips to help college students cope with COVID-19
Whether college students are back home or still away in their apartments, parents can play an integral part in helping them maintain good mental health during this time. A University of Florida psychiatrist encourages parents to quell any worries with the SHHH tips: structure, heath, happiness and hope.

Free mental health resources
From mindfulness to guided meditation, find free digital mental health resources here.

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