CHOC Children's Mental Health Update January 2020
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Mental Health Update January 2020

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.

Could you recognize depression in your child?
If you answered no, you’re not alone. A recent survey revealed that two-thirds of parents in the U.S. feel there are barriers to recognizing signs of depression. And 40% said they might have trouble distinguishing normal mood swings from symptoms of mental illness. This Newsweek article provides more background and helpful advice for parents.

CHOC’s mental health “dream team” normalizes the hospital experience
The Cherese Mari Laulhere Mental Health Inpatient Center at CHOC continues to distinguish itself with the staff’s commitment to normalize the stay for patients and de-stigmatize mental health. Volunteer Liz Hawkins shares the many activities that took place in the Center during the holiday season, helping bring cheer to patients and their families.

Three ways to help your stressed-out teen
Today’s teenagers are dealing with increased levels of stress, including concern about the world they are living in. More than half of teens feel stressed about the current political campaign, and approximately 60% are worried about climate change and global warming. There’s a lot adults can do, starting with these three tips.

Understanding the pediatric mental health disparity
Why does one out of five children live in a county with no mental health provider, given the increase of child psychiatrists nationwide? In addition, only half of U.S. children with a mental health condition are receiving treatment. A recent study explores the mental health disparity among children and how communities can get help now.

Warning signs of problematic online habits
It isn’t just how much time kids spend online, but how and why they spend time online that affects their social, emotional and behavioral health. When should parents worry? This article from The Child Mind Institute provides warning signs.

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