CHOC Children's Mental Health Update May 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.

Three easy tips for calming anxiety
Anxiety disorders affect the lives of roughly 40 million Americans. Noted author Barbara Graham shares her personal story, and offers three ways for calming anxiety.

Mental health problems on the rise for young Americans
The number of adolescents and young adults in the United States dealing with mental health conditions has risen significantly over the past decade, with no corresponding increase in older Americans. According to this Washington Post article, the rise may be connected to increased time spent on social media and electronic communications, as well as a decrease in sleep.

California’s first surgeon general highlights impact of childhood trauma
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician and the state’s first surgeon general, has long been an advocate for trauma- informed care. During a recent tour of CHOC’s mental health inpatient center, she spoke with the Orange County Register about making adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress her top area of focus.

Mental health benefits of team sports
Participation in team sports may benefit more than just children’s physical health and social skills. A recent study by neurologists at Washington University found that playing on a sports team in childhood can improve brain structure, and may also lead to fewer instances of depression in boys as young as 9.

Warning signs of suicidal behavior you need to know
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in children and young adults ages 10-24. Suicidal thoughts and actions can be triggered by numerous things. Make sure you know the warning signs.

How you can make waves in pediatric mental health
Sailing Newport Harbor with friends and family in a specially-designed CHOC electric boat helps bring mental health services to children in our community. Thanks to the generous support of the Inzalaco family, Richard Goddard, Lido Marina Village Electric Boat Rental and Canadian Electric Boat Co., a portion of every CHOC Electric Boat Rental supports pediatric mental health, and a generous donor is making a $50,000 matching gift. Book here, and select the CHOC boat.

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