CHOC Children's Mental Health Update October 2019
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Social Media Red Flags

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.

Could you spot these 11 social media red flags?
Keeping up with the latest apps used by kids can be a challenge. But, knowing what features are cause for concern can help. Common Sense Media suggests parents learn—and teach their kids—these 11 social media red flags, the apps they are found in, and tips for dealing with them.

Air pollution linked to mental health problems in kids
Three new studies from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center demonstrate a relationship between air pollution and pediatric mental health. The research adds to the growing body of evidence that exposure to air pollution during childhood may contribute to depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions during adolescence.

Six ways to address bullying
Tragic incidents involving bullying continue to make headlines. CHOC’s Chief Psychologist Heather Huszti, Ph.D., urges an open dialogue about bullies, and provides other helpful tips for parents who suspect their children may be victims.

How to reduce harmful hazing practices
Even on campuses with demonstrated commitments to hazing prevention, 26% of college students report experiences with hazing; most common behaviors involve excess drinking, personal servitude and humiliation. A psychology professor encourages ways to empower students, starting with developing their bystander intervention skills.

Personal journey with mental illness
In this opinion piece, a psychiatrist shares his family’s experience with mental illness and his search for answers. His journey highlights both the horrors of the crisis and hope for the future.

Helping children after traumatic events
Acts of violence can ignite widespread feelings of worry, fear and anxiety among children. Parents can be overwhelmed themselves, including knowing how best to talk to their kids. CHOC experts compiled these family resources to help guide the conversation.

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