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Primary Care Mental Health Resources

Children and their parents are becoming more cognizant, and concerned, with their mental health. From standard screening tools to new trends and research, there's more for you to know about treating pediatric mental health than ever before. Learn more about identifying and addressing common mental health concerns in your patients, provided by Children's Hospital Colorado pediatric mental health experts. 

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A Pediatrician’s Guide to Non-Suicidal Self-Harm in Teenagers

Primary care clinicians sometimes see signs of non-suicidal self-injury in teens. Learn how to confront it and guide teens to the help needed.

Anxiety in Children

Learn about the screening process, education and treatment options available to children who may be impacted by pediatric anxiety.

Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Anxiety

For healthcare professionals seeking pediatric anxiety treatment guidelines and information about signs of anxiety in children and adolescents.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Learn about symptoms, screening, diagnosis, treatment and resources for ASD.

Do’s and Don’ts of Addressing Mental Health with Teens During Visits with Primary Care Providers

Learn about addressing mental health during primary care visits from a teen’s point of view.

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Behavioral Health Screenings in Pediatric Practice

There are a variety of behavioral health screening tools for healthcare professionals. Learn about different ones and how to approach a behavioral health screening with patients.

Behavioral Issues in Children

It's common for young children to have behavioral issues. Here we discuss where to get help to address those issues before they become behavioral disorders.

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Eating Disorder Awareness

Improved eating disorder awareness helps healthcare professionals recognize the signs and provide early intervention. Here, you'll find professional information on screening, treatment and resources for eating disorders.

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How to Deal with Stress in Children

Today’s kids and teens are stressed  which is why it’s more important than ever for primary care providers to confront the problem head-on. Here, psychologist Laura Anthony, PhD, gives her top three evidence-based tips providers can use to help families connect and decompress.

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Identifying and Treating ADHD in Children

Nearly one in 10 kids and teens in the U.S. have a diagnosis of ADHD. Left untreated, it can negatively affect school performance, peer relationships and self-esteem. Learn how to spot ADHD, asses for it and set kids and families dealing with ADHD on the course to success.

Improving Care for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Experts share postpartum depression treatment guidelines and clinical advice for care. Healthcare professionals can also access postpartum depression resources for patients.

Is It Picky Eating or an Eating Disorder?

For healthcare professionals seeking information about disordered eating. Find resources on the differences between picky eating and eating disorders to better support families with these concerns.

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Children's Mental Health Awareness and Screenings

Research shows that relying on clinical judgment identifies only 30% of kids with a treatable mental health disorder. Screening can up that figure to 70%. Learn the tools.

Managing Self-Harm

The prevalence of self-harm is on the rise in youth. Healthcare professionals may need help managing self-harm patients, which is why we're sharing resources and clinical advice.

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Pediatric Coping Skills

For healthcare professionals seeking information about pediatric coping skills, including how to build healthy ones and which may be unhealthy.

Pediatricians' Role in Bullying Intervention

Learn more about the role of pediatricians in bullying prevention, screening and resolution. Here, healthcare professionals can find tips and resources to help families navigate bullying.

Provider Resiliency and Managing Stress During the Holidays

The holiday season can bring a lot of stress to healthcare providers. Learn more about building provider resiliency during the most stressful time of year.

Providing Mental Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our pediatric mental health experts offer tips for primary care providers on how to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, from mental health screenings to family and self-care.

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Sesame Street Expands Free Online Autism Resources

Sesame Street got on the forefront of inclusion with Julia, its 4-year-old Muppet with autism spectrum disorder. But did you know the show also offers great online resources? Better yet, they're medically validated.

School Refusal and Avoidance in Youth

When a child presents with school refusal, assessing contributing variables — such as avoidance, escape or attention — can help pediatric providers develop an appropriate treatment plan for both parents and their child. Depending on the age of the child and the progression of the school refusal, treatment can range from providing parents guidance on how to set better expectations to exploring psychiatric evaluation for the child.

School Refusal Intervention

When school refusal becomes a daily struggle, families often turn to their healthcare providers. Find clinical tips on school refusal intervention, assessment tools and identifiers of school refusal behavior.

Suicidal Ideation in Pediatric Patients

Understanding suicidal ideation in pediatric patients can improve intervention. Access clinical resources, including warning signs of suicide and tips for talking to patients about suicidal thoughts.

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Teen Depression and Suicide: Exposing the Growing Epidemic

For healthcare professionals seeking information about the growing rate of teen depression and suicide. You'll also find clinical tips for mental health screenings and suicide prevention.

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What You Can Do to Prevent Suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of death in Colorado for kids ages 10 to 24. Learn what providers can do to prevent suicide in kids and teens.

What Youth Want Doctors to Know About Primary Care and Mental Health

Learn more about primary care practitioners' roles in mental health and how to integrate primary care and mental health in your practice from our Youth Advisory Board.

Working with LGBTQ Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities

When a child identifies as LGBTQ and has autism spectrum disorder or a developmental disability, a conversation about sexuality can be complicated.

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