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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.

Back-to-School Checklist for Parents and Families

The start of a new school year can be a challenging time for kids and families. But with a little preparation and the right attitude, shifting from summer back to school doesn’t have to be overly stressful. Read our tips.

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 Traumatic Events

Trauma piled on top of trauma is sometimes a part of life. Get advice from a child psychologist on how to cope with multiple traumatic events.

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.

Social Media Safety: Kids and Teens Weigh In

Teens – and our experts – have advice for protecting kids online. Get social media tips for kids and parents and learn how to keep your kids safe online.

How to Talk to Kids About Death and Grief

Loss is difficult for all of us, and children are no exception. Learn how children in different age groups understand death, react to it and ways to help them process grief from pediatric mental health and development experts.

Children and COVID-19: Debunking the Number One Myth

You might have heard that children aren’t affected by COVID-19. But is that true? We asked our experts to explain all the ways that the pandemic has impacted children’s health – and what we can do about it. Learn more.

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