CHOC Children's Mental Health Update | May 2020
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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.

How to use a penny to teach mindfulness to kids
Focusing on a common object can help people stay more present-minded. In this video, CHOC psychologist Dr. Sabrina Stutz guides viewers through a mindful-noticing technique called “know your penny.”

Tips for helping teens comply with stay-at-home orders
Teens depend on social connections; knowing that importance is the first step towards understanding why they feel so constrained by social distancing. In this blog post, CHOC mental health therapist Scott Ryan offers advice to parents for helping their teenaged children understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what they need to do to keep safe.

7 ways to talk to kids about disappointment
With normal routines disrupted, it’s understandable for children to feel disappointed about missing out on birthday parties, field trips or other social gatherings. Let your kids express their feelings and share your own. Here are additional ways to help your children cope with these challenging times.

California surgeon general releases stress-busting playbook
Stress and anxiety about COVID-19 can impact physical health. In this simple guide, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris outlines things families can do every day to support mental and physical health.

Teaching family values in times of crises
Despite the struggles many are dealing with, there’s an opportunity to use increased family time to highlight important values. CHOC psychologist Dr. Nicole Vincent offers advice on teaching children values, from compassion to gratitude.

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