CHOC Children's Mental Health Update June 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.

Suicide rates on the rise for young girls
There’s an increasing number of young girls, especially ages 10 – 14, who are dying by suicide according to a recent study. The lead author points out that girls are turning to more lethal methods. Social media may be a contributing factor.

Year in review: CHOC’s mental health inpatient center
More than 650 children have been treated at CHOC’s mental health inpatient center since it opened last year. From high patient satisfaction scores to low restraint rates, outcomes and other unique elements of the Center are highlighted here.

Warning signs your child is struggling with anxiety
Kids with anxiety may not exhibit symptoms that are easy for parents to recognize as warning signs. Stomachaches, restlessness and irritability, for example, may be symptoms of children suffering from anxious thoughts. CHOC psychologist Dr. Micaela Thodarson details warning signs, differences between a child who worries a lot and one who is shy, how best to model healthy ways to deal with anxiety, and more in this Q & A.

Cookie Monster teaches self-regulation
While his name may suggest the contrary, Cookie Monster is learning a little self-control. NPR shares this video highlighting the beloved Sesame Workshop character reviewing what kids can do to stay calm and resist temptation.

Five practices for boosting children’s emotional well-being
Getting kids on the right path towards psychological and emotional health in adulthood begins with teaching them about psychological resilience while they’re young. This includes feeling comfortable with themselves, connecting with others, and repairing and moving beyond conflict. These five practices can positively impact children’s mental well-being.

CHOC president and CEO highlights importance of holistic system of care
Mental illness can produce physical illness, and physical conditions can affect mental health. That’s why CHOC created a co-occurring clinic as part of its comprehensive mental health system of care. In this Modern Healthcare article, CHOC President and CEO Kimberly Chavalas Cripe offers insight on what CHOC is doing to help young people and their families be their healthiest – in both mind and body.

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