Counselor's Corner Newsletter

May 2021- Mental Health Awareness

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About 17% of youth (6-17 years) experience a mental health disorder and 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in the U.S. today ( Now more than ever in the midst of the pandemic we need to recognize the importance of taking care of our own mental health and the mental health of our children. It is also important to try to have open conversations about how to help keep our minds AND bodies healthy. Most often we are comfortable talking about when we need to see a doctor about a physical condition or ailment, but not as comfortable when it comes to being honest about anxiety, stress or feelings of sadness. We need to normalize mental health at a young age to create more understanding and build compassion in future generations.
Let's Talk About Mental Illness - Kids Mental Health Video

Signs of Mental Health Problems

Mental health problems are treatable and recognizing the signs can help you decide when to seek professional help for your child. These signs may include:

  • Decline in school performance
  • Poor grades despite effort
  • Constant worry or anxiety
  • Repeated refusal to go to school or take part in normal activities
  • Hyperactivity or fidgeting
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Depression, sadness or irritability
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When Your Child is Struggling Emotionally & Behaviorally

  1. Remember There are No Rules- what works for some may not work for your child

  2. As Yourself: Is There a Logical Reason? For example: hunger, fatigue, overstimulation, allergies

  3. Choose Your Battles- Keep your cool, pay attention to the serious behaviors rather than annoying

  4. What is the Environment Like? Kids need to feel safe and supported. Be reasonable, provide praise and demonstrate how much you love them.

  5. Listen- Children need to know they can talk to you about anything. Try not to judge and accept that their problems, no matter how small to you, may be big to them.

  6. Provide Space In Heated Moments- Give kids opportunities to calm down and gain control of emotions before trying to problem solve or provide solutions.

  7. Calm Parents/Calm Kids- When you demonstrate a calm tone of voice and provide reminders to breathe or find a safe spot to talk your child can begin to feel more stable.

  8. Let Them Find Solutions- As your child what they think could help them next time or what helps them feel better.

  9. Stick with Routines- Sleep times/meal times/providing space to release energy through bike rides,walks, or exercise

  10. Be Aware of Your Triggers- The more aware you are of your own needs and what affects your emotional state, the better you can be at modeling how you cope for your kids and help them.

Additional Resources...

Break the Stigma

For further details or information contact your child's school counselor...

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