CHOC Children's Mental Health Update August 2019
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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.

Does your child suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety is part of life--even for kids, but it can become a disorder when it interferes with activities such as school, work and relationships. Left untreated, an anxiety disorder may lead to depression. Understanding the six major types of anxiety disorders can help parents better support children who may be experiencing them.

How to raise kind kids
Humans are born with the capacity for both kindness and cruelty. In this fascinating article, NPR highlights barriers to kindness, and ways to foster altruistic behavior among your children.

Study shows benefits of integrating mental health with primary care
A recently published Pediatrics study, which began in 2013, evaluated the impact of incorporating behavioral health screenings in primary care settings—something CHOC implemented as part of its mental health initiative. Researchers examined outcomes on cost, provider and patient satisfaction, as well as access to quality care.

New law permits "mental health days" for students
Oregon has recently passed a law that instructs schools to treat mental health and physical health equally. The new state legislation includes mental or behavioral health as reasons for excused school absences. HuffPost highlights the law—and the youth activists behind its passing.

Mental health crisis growing among Hispanics
Latin Americans face unique mental health issues, compounded by challenges in finding services offered in their own language. USA Today takes a closer look at what experts have called an alarming problem, and what some providers are doing to close the treatment gap.

Make waves for pediatric mental health
Cool off this summer with a boat ride through Newport Beach Harbor and help support CHOC’s mental health programs. Thanks to generous donors, a portion of every rental of this custom boat benefits CHOC and will be matched with a gift totaling $50,000. Get ready to set sail and make a difference!

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