CHOC Children's Mental Health Update March 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.

Teens say depression is bigger problem than drugs
Anxiety and depression top the list of problems teens see among their peers. In a survey of 1,000 teens, 70 percent said anxiety and depression are critical issues, compared to just 51 percent who said drug addiction and 45 percent who said drinking alcohol. Concern about mental health cuts across gender, racial and socio-economic lines.

New study offers hope for cyberbullying victims
A recent Psychology in the Schools study found that social connectedness may act as a buffer against the negative mental health effects of cyberbullying. The online survey of adolescents suggests the more socially connected young people are, the less likely they are to experience feelings of depression, anxiety and stress because of cybervictimization.

Preparing for – and surviving – your child’s teen years
Adolescence can be one of the most difficult phases in life -- for teens and their parents. Knowing what to expect can help you support your kids. From understanding the adolescent brain to learning how best to connect with your teenager, our expert has helpful tips for you.

Four books to help you address your child’s anxiety
One in four adolescents have mild to moderate anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For some, the symptoms of anxiety can interfere with daily activities. Add these books to your home library to learn how to cultivate resilience in your kids, teach them mindfulness for managing stress, and more.

Six steps for enjoying the benefits of muscle relaxation
Practicing muscle relaxation can help reduce feelings of anxiety, worry and pain. It can also improve sleep. This simple guide – prepared specially for kids – teaches muscle relaxation techniques and offers tips for continued success in practicing this valuable coping skill.

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