CHOC Children's Mental Health Update July 2019
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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.

Tips for enjoying an unplugged family vacation
At a time when people of all ages are busier than ever, an unplugged vacation can do wonders for boosting a family’s physical and mental well-being. CHOC psychologist Dr. Harpreet Kaur and a CHOC supporter offer advice for creating a memorable vacation that promotes quality family time.

Are Americans getting angrier?
According to an NPR study, the answer is yes. About 84 percent of survey respondents said Americans are angrier now than a generation ago. A rise in anger was reported after watching the news, and more people express their anger on social media than in person.

Latest suicide stats highlight depth of mental crisis
The nation’s suicide rates are at the highest level since World War II, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And there are other indicators of the country’s mental distress – despite reported improvements in material well-being. This article encourages a new approach to what we measure as signs of improved overall health and well-being.

Four ways to become digital mentors
From balancing screen time to supporting smart media choices, parents can become digital mentors for their children. Doing so can also teach kids about empathy and resiliency. Get four easy tips and access other resources to promote responsible screen time.

Mental health stigma may be diminishing
A new survey finds that shame around mental illness may be fading. In the poll of more than 1,000 adults, 87 percent of respondents said a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of and 81 percent said they’d be comfortable being friends with someone who has a mental illness. The survey did, however, reveal that young adults reported the most shame around mental health disorders.

Three things you can do to help your kids be ad savvy
Kids are bombarded with ads on TV, print and online, and many children are unaware of the persuasion techniques used by advertisers. This brief video provides tips on how parents can teach their kids to be ad savvy.

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