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Trauma informed Adverse Childhood Experiences

How to help the child whose parent lives with mental health challenges

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to discuss something that hits very close to home for me. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that nearly one in five adults live with a mental health challenge and one in twenty lives with a serious mental health challenge like Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, or Schizophrenia. What happens to their children? The...
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Helping children cope with disasters

Natural disasters, such as the recent tornadoes, wildfires, and floods along with other traumatic events like mass shootings and even the pandemic can be devastating for everyone. For children, just watching the news and listening to parents talk can make life’s events seem like they are out of control. This would be magnified for children who experienced direct loss and may need help understanding what happened to their world. Most children look to adults for guidance and understanding on how...
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