Children's Mental Health Blog
30 Ways to Challenge the Barriers to Equity
Equity by some has been described as the next step past equality, because not everyone needs to be treated the same way to become equal. Equity is about fairness and making sure everyone has what they need to succeed, even if what they need is different than what others may need.
Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance Strategies for Teens: Problem Solving
After you have let your teen know that you hear them, their feelings matter, and you want to understand, you can move on to offer help with problem solving. Identify what the root of the problem is based on what your teen is saying. Help problem solve using a line of questioning that encourages the teen to use their rational brain.
You’re Allowed to Not be Productive Right Now
Some people are enjoying this free time and checking things off their to-do lists. But many who have struggled with their mental health for years, or even those who are just discovering these struggles now, are wracked with guilt over how they “should” be spending this time.
Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance Strategies for Teens: Validation
This series will explore three emotion regulation tips that you might use to help your teen when they are emotional. The second tip, is validation.
Coping with COVID-19
There is no “emotional pandemic guidebook” or right way to feel and act during self-isolation. However, here are some tips to practice during this time to help you stay feeling as grounded and in control as possible in the coming weeks.
Talking to your Kids about COVID-19
In these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, tensions and anxieties are running high. Everyone has some degree of worry and fear about how the next few weeks and months will play out; and children are no exception.
Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance Strategies for Teens : Self-Soothing
This series will explore three emotion regulation tips that you might use to help your teen when they are emotional, starting with Self-Soothing.
Pink Shirt Day - Anti-Bullying at Lutherwood
As a classroom teacher at Lutherwood I see the impact of bullying firsthand. Many of our students, who face challenges related to their mental health, report bullying in their home schools and communities. This is some of the advice my students want everyone to know about bullying at schools.
Tips for Helping your Child when they Refuse Help
Being depressed causes us to feel tired, unmotivated, foggy-headed, and hopeless that things will get better. Often, we need someone outside of ourselves to help us navigate our way out of the “fog.” Getting help for depression can be a difficult task at any age. But what happens when the depressed person is your child and they are refusing help?
Nutrition and Mental Health
What we eat affects how we feel, not only physically, but mentally as well. In fact, making healthy eating choices is linked to improved mood, higher energy levels, and clearer thinking. Food is the fuel that our bodies run on – like gas to a car, we need it to function!