Mental Health Resources
***Remember, your first thought should be to refer children, youth and their families to appropriate, professional mental health care providers. These links are offered to aid you in identifying mental health issues in those you serve.
Holy Listening Stones by Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley Holy Listening Stones are a tool to help children put their feelings, insights and thoughts into words. They also help adults to remember to listen to what children
express. Learn more here.
Challenging Behavior in Children - Why is challenging behavior more of an issue these days? I think much of it results from changes to early childhood education. From the emphasis on academics and accountability, and the attempt to accelerate child development. Following are seven reasons I believe are behind the increase in disruptive behavior...
Common Teen Issues - Learn some common issues faced by teens.
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents): Author Eline Snel provides simple mindfulness practices to help your child deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions. The book comes with an audio cd.
Abuse - Tips, signs of abuse, resources to help you identify abuse.
Cutting and Self-Harm - Self-harm is a way of expressing and dealing with deep distress and emotional pain
Erika's Lighthouse - Teenage depression thrives in isolation. It feeds on silence. It lives in the darkness. That’s why we’re dedicated to light, to conversation, and to community.
American Psychological Association - The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
ADD/ADHD -ADDitude is a magazine, a website, and a weekly e-newsletter with blogs, webinars, and other information abotu strategies for parenting ADHD and LD children.
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Autism - Information on autism, tips on identifying it, resources
Self-Mutilation: Information and Guidance for School Personnel
Families and Divorce - Helpful insights to share with parents.
A Month at a Time: Classroom Ideas and Resources - from the ELEA comes a monthly well thought out topic that includes links to more resources for preschool aged children.
Developmental Relationships - Search Institute information about the importance of developmental relationships for children. Based on research.
Developmental Assets - 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development.
Centers for Disease Control - Developmental milestones, tips for parents and more.
World Health Organization on Adolescent Development - Some basic points about what to expect in adolescents as they navigate ages 11-19.
Medline Plus - Helpful collection of expectations including a breakdown between male and female development.