In this information age, current events, social media, and ongoing stress can take a toll on everyone. Below are tips and resources for navigating conversations and providing support for your child's or adolescent's mental health.
How do I talk to my kids about war?
Today's events in Ukraine can be confusing for children, and you may be wondering, How do I talk to my kids about war? Your family is their first line of safety and protection in the world. It is important to be calm and open so that your kids feel comfortable coming to you with their ideas, questions, fears, and worries. Watch this short video from Bright Horizons for tips on how to be a safe haven for your children.
How can I support my teenager's mental health?
Finding the right resources for a child or adolescent who is struggling can be overwhelming. These three articles from Care.com include tips on recognizing the issues your kids may be facing, how you can help, and finding treatment:
- Steps for Getting Teens Mental Health Resources and Counseling Treatment
- Mental Health Issues in Teenage Boys: What to Look for and How to Help
- Mental Health Issues in Teenage Girls: What to Look for and How to Help
Johns Hopkins resources
The JHM Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a central place to connect youngsters and their families with the appropriate Johns Hopkins specialists and programs. Its professionals offer consultations and treat a range of issues and disorders; reach them by phone at 410-955-5335.
Through mySupport, JHU employees and their household family members have free 24/7 access to confidential counseling and referral services; you can reach mySupport 365 days a year at 443-997-7000. When you call, a clinician will listen, provide support, and help you identify resources and next steps. If you choose to arrange a televisit or in-person appointment, mySupport will provide referrals to licensed clinicians in your area. You receive up to five in-person counseling sessions at no cost. You and your family members also can opt for an in-person appointment with a member of mySupport's OnSite Clinical Care Team, located on various Johns Hopkins campuses. Additional online resources, including Talk Saves Lives online training, are available at ResourcesForLiving.com; username and password: JHU.