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Treatment Of Children with Mental Illness -FAQ- (PDF)

This fact sheet addresses common questions about diagnosis and treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Disorders affecting children include: anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, and eating disorders.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

15 Ways to Help Your Kid Through Crisis - (PDF)

Read how you can help your child before, during and after a crisis.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

KidsPeace

7 Standards of Effective Parenting- (PDF)

Here are some tips to help parents grow emotionally and physically healthy children.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

KidsPeace

Are You a Bully?

Have you ever repeatedly hurt someone because they were younger, weaker, different, or less confident than you? Are you a bully? Take this quiz to find out.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Art Therapy Locator- (PDF)

Art therapists work in hospitals, clinics, K-12 schools, and other settings to help people improve their health and well being. Find an art therapist in your state.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

American Art Therapy Association, Inc.

Being Adopted

This document answers kids' questions about adoption, how it works, why kids need to be adopted, and feelings you may have if you were adopted.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

If you see the signs or symptoms of bipolar disorder in your child or adolescent, it is important to seek a professional evaluation. Learn to recognize both types of mood disturbances--depression and mania--that can occur in bipolar disorders.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens (Easy to Read)

An easy-to-read booklet on Bipolar Disorder in children and teens that explains what it is, when it starts and how to get help.

Review Date: October 21, 2014

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Building Blocks: Children

This page includes children's games, songs, and activities that teach them problem-solving and communication skills.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bullying

Here is the low-down on bullying among girls. Learn about cyber bullying, how to protect yourself and others from bullying, the dangers of hazing and more.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Child Discipline

Many child development and child welfare professionals believe that spanking, hitting, or slapping is not effective and is damaging to the self-respect and self-esteem of children.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

American Humane Association, Children's Division

Children and Divorce

Talking to children about divorce is difficult. Here are some tips that may help both the child and parents handle the challenge and stress of these conversations.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Community Services Locator for Children and Families

The Community Services Locator is designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Maternal and Child Health Library

Dealing With Feelings

Confused, sad, mad, glad? Check out these articles to learn about these emotions and many more - and how to deal with them.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Experts Interviews (Videos) - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Find videos on a variety of mental health topics, including: anxiety disorders and medication, divorce and children, autism, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, tics and Tourette's Disorder, substance abuse, and more.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

For Kids: Going to a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist

Therapists can talk with kids and help them figure out what is causing problems at school or at home. This document discusses why a kid would see a therapist and what happens during a therapy visit.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Helping a Child Manage Fears After a Traumatic Event

Large-scale tragedies such as bombing incidents and school shootings can be extremely disturbing to children, who thrive on predictability and security. This fact sheet discusses some ways to help children cope with fears associated with violent trauma.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Sidran Institute

Helping Children Cope with Deployments and Reunions

Children respond differently to a parent’s deployment depending on their age and maturity level. Negotiate the stages of deployment with tips on helping children cope while Mom or Dad is deployed.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

How to Talk to Your Child About the News

Reports on natural disasters, child abductions, homicides, and school violence can teach kids to view the world as a confusing, threatening, or unfriendly place. Talking to your kids about what they watch or hear will help them put frightening information into a reasonable context.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Kids: Story on Stress

Stress happens when you are worried or uncomfortable about something. You may feel angry, frustrated, scared, or afraid. This article will help kids manage stress.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Kids: Stress-O-Meter

Kids can click through these 8 questions to get a presonal stress profile.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kids: The Story on Self-Esteem

Self-esteem can have a big part to play in how you feel about yourself and also how much you enjoy things or worry about things. The most important thing to know about self-esteem is that it means seeing yourself in a positive way that's realistic.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Kids: Welcoming a New Baby Into Your Family

Are you feeling jealous of all the attention the new baby is getting? This article will help you cope with your feelings and learn the good things about having a new baby in the family.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Look What I Can Do!

This activity book reinforces positive, healthy choices for children age 5 to 6. Suitable for parents or educators, features the Building Blocks for a Healthy Future characters in a story that encourages children to read, learn to solve problems, and make healthy decisions.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Play Day in the Park

This colorful activity book reinforces positive, healthy choices for children ages 3 to 4. Suitable for parents or educators, the book features the Building Blocks for a Healthy Future characters in a story that encourages children to play outside, exercise, and discover the world around them.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Shyness

If you are shy or have a friend that's shy, this article will answer some important questions for you about shyness. Learn about the causes of shyness and how to cope with it.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Taking Charge of Anger

How you act when you're angry can make a situation better or worse. Here are some tips to help you handle your anger in a positive way.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Talking About Your Feelings

This article explains why it is important to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Also,once you decide who you can talk with, you'll want to pick a good time and place to talk.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Tips for Divorcing Parents

The Nemours Foundation provides some commonsense guidelines to make the adjustment to divorce a bit easier and the process less painful for kids.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events- (PDF)

This brochure provides practical information for parents and students who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well others who are helping those affected. Although the focus is on natural disasters, these tips may apply to other traumas students may experience.

Review Date: November 08, 2012

U.S. Department of Education

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for Parents and Teachers- (PDF)

This fact sheet explains how preschool-aged, adolescent, and young children may respond to a disaster and provides tips to help parents talk with their children after a disaster.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Video: Study Break Yoga

Yoga can help you in serious ways, but it also can be a lot of fun. Take a study break and try these simple yoga poses.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Violence Prevention: Tips for Coping With Stress

Mass tragedies, including school shootings, workplace violence, and community violence affect different people in different ways. This fact sheet provides tips for coping with stress, and includes information geared toward specific groups, including parents, kids and teens, and school personnel.

Review Date: January 04, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

This fact sheet provides basic information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), discusses symptoms and risk factors, and reviews treatment approaches. The fact sheet includes resources for those needing additional information about PTSD.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Sidran Institute

When Somebody Dies

This fact sheet explains death, dying and the grief process to children.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Why Am I So Sad?

This fact sheet discusses sadness in children and teenagers, the difference between sadness and depression and where to get help when sadness becomes depression. This information is intended for use by children and adolescents.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

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