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The Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise on Mental Health

Getting kids moving is important now more than ever. Find tips from our child psychologists and learn why exercise and play is so important to your child’s mental health.

In Case of Crisis: How to Make a Mental Health ‘Crisis Kit’

Much like having a first-aid kit in your car in case of a cut or burn, preparing a crisis kit to have on hand can help comfort and distract your child during times of distress. Learn how to make a plan and distress tolerance box.

Supporting the Family of a Child with Mental Health Challenges

When a child encounters mental health challenges, their caregivers often feel isolated. We rounded up tips for supporting parents and families of a child who is receiving mental health treatment. Learn more.

Teens and Drug Use: How to Talk About Substance Use with Your Teen

Our pediatric addiction specialists share their advice on talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, how to address the rising dangers of fentanyl and important resources.

Signs of a Mental Health Crisis: When to Call a Hotline and When to Go to the ER

Is this a mental health crisis? Experts in our Pediatric Mental Health Institute explain signs of a mental health crisis in kids and teens with tips for when and how to get help.

Coping with Current Events: How to Talk to Kids About Upsetting News

When something upsetting is in the news, kids seek security. Our pediatric mental health experts share age-appropriate tips and conversation starters to help you begin – and continue – these crucial conversations.

Supporting Kids and Teens During the Youth Mental Health Crisis

After having their lives disrupted by uncertainty, isolation and school closures during the pandemic, kids and teens have in many ways returned to normal life. But that doesn’t mean they feel – or that life is – “normal.” Here's how you can support your child or teen during another uncertain year.

How to Help Children After a Traumatic Event

Get advice from a child psychologist on how to help your child cope after a traumatic event.

Winter Health and Safety Tips for Kids

Between seasonal viruses and cold weather activities such as skiing and sledding, there are many health and safety risks caregivers should prepare for during the winter months.

Tips for Talking to Kids About Wildfires

When wildfires are close to home or are in the news, it can cause considerable anxiety in kids. We provide tips for talking to children about wildfires and other natural disasters.

How to Help Kids Stress Less

Everyone gets stressed. It’s a part of life. Get advice from our child psychologists on how kids can learn to identify stress and move through it with grace.

Types of Coughs in Kids

Coughs help clear your airways and fight infection, but sometimes they can be a sign of something more serious. Learn about the types of cough, home remedies to ease symptoms and when to see a doctor.

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