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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Talking About Racism with Your Children: Starting the Conversation

Even if you don’t have all the answers, talking with children about racism is crucial. Learn how to encourage thoughtful, age-appropriate dialogue and understanding about race and difference with your kids.

Teen Suicide Prevention: Teaching Kids to Ask

Psychologist Dr. Laura Anthony wants teens to know the warning signs of suicide. And if they see those signs, she wants them to come right out and ask.

Mental Health First Aid

Just like first aid skills like CPR, mental health first aid is a toolbox for stabilizing a crisis until professional help arrives. Learn the basics.

Why You Should Talk to Kids About Suicide

There are many perceived causes of why suicide rates among kids are rising in the U.S. A child psychologist weighs in on why this might be happening and provides suggestions on how parents can talk to their kids about suicide.

What Parents Need to Know About 13 Reasons Why

Our psychologists share tips on how you can use the series 13 Reasons Why to talk to your children about tough subjects like depression, suicide, rape and school shootings.

Parent Toolkit: Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst

When an illness is not curable, we always hope for the best outcome, while preparing for the worst. Get tips about end-of-life care from the pediatric experts at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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