McLean Hospital recognizes the need for reliable and helpful mental health resources. With this in mind, we have dedicated the time of our staff to ensure we are making free resources available for the public and professionals in hopes of promoting healthy individuals and communities.
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Growing up is difficult—it always has been. But more recently, the challenges that kids and teens face seem even more daunting. From cyberbullying to digital learning, many issues they encounter are new and uncharted territory for parents and guardians. In addition, late teenage years are known to be the time when mental illnesses are most likely to manifest.
So how can we support our loved ones as they encounter some of their most difficult years
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Lisa W. Coyne discusses the importance of mental wellness in children and adolescents and answers audience questions about child and teen mental health.
Join us: Tuesday, May 31 @ 11am ET
A child’s mental health is not just supported by their parents or caregivers—it can be shaped by them. Mentally healthy children rely heavily on them as the foundation for becoming independent, successful, happy adults.
However, parents face plenty of challenges when looking after children, and sometimes it can negatively impact their mental health. Parents and kids may also have shared risks of mental health difficulties, including social, economic, and genetic predispositions.
In this previously recorded session, Arielle Gartenberg, PsyD, addresses the relationship between kid and parent mental health, explains ways to positively parent during stressful times, and answers audience questions about the connections between parent and child mental health.
Join us: Tuesday, June 7 @ 11am ET
Kids lead busy lives—and with the pandemic, it seems as if things are changing on any given day. With the unpredictability of COVID-19, school, extracurriculars, and more, children and adolescents may be struggling to feel like they have any control. Adults are juggling all of the same turmoil—so checking in on how your children are feeling may not be happening as often as you’d like.
How do we help manage the stress our loved ones are feeling while keeping our own stress levels in check? How can we provide mental health support for kids and teens? And when is it time for family members to talk to a mental health provider?
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Fairlee C. Fabrett shares ways to support child and adolescent mental health, offers tips to initiate conversations about well-being, and answers audience questions about caring for loved ones while also caring for ourselves.
Join us: Thursday, June 16 @ 11am
After another disrupted school year, kids are adapting to the next new normal: summer vacation. Since screen times have been sky-high, social activities disrupted, and outdoor gatherings have been limited, maintaining child and teen mental health may require a little extra effort.
So how can we help our kids while also taking care of ourselves? What are age-appropriate tips and tricks for checking in on their mental health? And how can we tell if anyone in our families, including ourselves, may need more help?
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Lisa W. Coyne shares ways to check in on our loved ones without being intrusive, explains the importance of putting on our own oxygen masks first, and answers audience questions about how we can all safely and happily enjoy our summer.
Join us: Thursday, June 23 @ 11am ET
All children and adolescents have, and experience, anxiety—it’s natural for all of us to have some anxiety. But when kids have a lot of anxiety, or don’t know ways to manage it, it can impact their education, their relationships, and their development.
It can be tough for children to explain how anxiety is making them feel. Expression of anxiousness in kids and teens may be mistaken for a mood disorder. So how can we tell what’s healthy anxiety, when they need to talk to someone, or if it’s something more than anxiety? How can we help loved ones talk about—and manage—their anxiety?
In this previously recorded session, Dr. R. Meredith Elkins discusses healthy and unhealthy levels of anxiety in kids, shares similarities and differences between anxiety disorders and mood disorders, and answers audience questions about how, by helping our children with their anxiety, we can also help ourselves.
Join us: Tuesday, June 28 @ 11am ET
Having difficult conversations is challenging, but if they’re handled well, it can bring you closer together with your children. Being a caretaker means setting the tone that your kids can come to you with anything they want to talk to you about.
Talking about tough subjects helps strengthen your child’s ability to solve problems, communicate well with others, and think critically. By being a parent that doesn’t shy away from tough stuff, you can help your child learn to deal with whatever life throws their way.
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Blaise Aguirre suggests ways to approach difficult topics with children and adolescents, shares strategies to encourage your kids to open up to you, and answers audience questions about navigating tough talks throughout childhood.
Join us: Thursday, July 7 @ 11am ET
Social media is well-known, but the effects of its long-term use are still relatively unknown. Many of us feel increasingly reliant on it, and its use—or trying to limit its use—can make us feel anxious, irritable, and even depressed.
What makes these platforms such a hard habit to break? And how can we recognize the signs of too much social media use and start to cut back?
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Jacqueline Sperling explains the science behind what keeps us constantly coming back to social media outlets, shares how overuse impacts kids and teens differently than adults, and answers audience questions about how we can improve our digital habits.
Join us: Thursday, July 14 @ 11am ET
When it comes to mental health, Asian Americans are hesitant to seek mental health services. Less than 9% of Asian Americans, on average, seek professional help, and are three times less likely to seek help than white Americans. What causes this disparity, and how can we help break the stigma surrounding mental illness for this community?
In this previously recorded session, we talk with Dr. Geoffrey Liu about what’s preventing people from getting the help they need and answer your questions about rethinking the ways we engage with this population.
Join us: Thursday, July 21 @ 11am ET
Bullying can take on many forms and can happen at any time—whether a child is on the playground or on their smartphone. And, sadly, it’s common: as many as 20% of kids and teens report being bullied, but less than half of the kids who said they’re bullied report it to someone of authority.
What’s the impact of bullying? Is there a way to tell if your child is being bullied and how they’re being targeted? How can parents and caretakers prevent or stop these harmful behaviors?
In this previously recorded session, Joyce Velt, LICSW, explains the effects of bullying on mental health, discusses how it can impact relationships in the short- and long-term, and answers audience questions about how we can help kids and teens feel included and welcome.
Join us: Thursday, July 28 @ 11am ET
People of all ages can benefit from mindfulness—and can be taught to children as early as two or three years old. Mindfulness, simply, is the practice of bringing gentleness and acceptance into whatever is happening in the moment.
Kids these days live stressful, fast-paced lives—whether they’re navigating school, extracurriculars, or being social. For children and adolescents, the mental flexibility learned from mindfulness can help them have better focus, manage symptoms of stress, have better emotional regulation, and be more positive.
In this previously recorded session, Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, shares ways to introduce mindfulness to children and adolescents, provides tips and tricks to make mindfulness practices more second nature to the whole family, and answers questions about how mindfulness can make a positive impact both on our kids and ourselves.
Join us: Thursday, August 4 @ 11am ET
Anxiety is something we all have, but too much anxiety has the potential to impact every part of a young person’s life, including their physical health, emotional well-being, and social habits. When a teen is overly anxious, they can feel isolated and misunderstood—and may have a difficult time opening up about their feelings.
Are the symptoms of anxiety the same in kids and teens as they are in adults? How can we talk to adolescents about anxiousness? And is it ever too late to seek help for anxiety?
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Jason Krompinger provides tips to talk with teens about anxiety, explains the differences between types of anxiety, and answers questions about addressing stigma around the most common mental health disorder.
Join us: Thursday, August 11 @ 11am ET
School can be stressful for so many reasons. Whether a child is just starting daycare or finishing up a university degree, the mental toll of education can be overwhelming. New schedules, peer influence, and difficulty learning can all amount to an increase in mental health challenges.
How can we check on our loved ones to make sure that they’re doing okay during the school year? Are there ways to support them without taking the burden on ourselves?
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Melinda Macht-Greenberg discusses the mental health challenges that students are facing, shares subtle ways for caregivers to check on their kids’ well-being, and answers audience questions about children, adolescents, and their mental health.
Join us: Thursday, August 18 @ 11am ET
Mealtime can be difficult with picky eaters. Whether it’s a toddler saying “No!” and throwing food on the floor, or a teenager whose plate is composed of entirely beige foods, picky or fussy eating can turn a family meal into the most stressful part of the day for everyone.
Being a finicky eater can be a normal part of growing up. But some parents may feel a power struggle when trying to get their kids to eat anything—and their kids will do whatever they can to refuse everything.
In this previously recorded session, Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN, discusses ways to introduce new foods without being forceful, shares tips and tricks to reduce stress around mealtimes for everyone, and answers audience questions about how kids and adults alike can truly enjoy a more colorful, nutritious meal—no tantrums necessary.
Join us: Thursday, August 25 @ 11am ET
Transitioning back to school can be nerve-wracking for parents and kids alike. Even without a pandemic, starting a new academic year can be stressful, anxiety-inducing, and frustrating for everyone involved.
So how can we feel emotionally healthy in an unpredictable time for families? And when many folks are fixating on the negative, how can we accentuate the positive—even if we’re dreading the end of summertime?
In this previously recorded session, Julie B. Cullen, LICSW, EdM, shares tips and tricks to feel more excited about the upcoming school year, provides methods of lowering anxiety for both children and adults, and answers audience questions about how we can all feel a little more at ease about whatever the school year may bring.
Join us: Tuesday, August 30 @ 11am ET
There is no handbook to being a successful parent. Mistakes are bound to happen, but establishing trust with your child can help you continue to have a strong bond even after mistakes are made.
Trust is a crucial part of parenting—and can start as early as infancy. Being trusting isn’t just a measure of whether or not you, as their caretaker, are listening to your child. Playtime, establishing privacy, and skill development are all moments that can help instill trust between you and your kids.
In this previously recorded session, Dr. Holly S. Peek leads a discussion on how to build trust in children and adolescents, provides insight into privacy and boundaries to set with your loved ones, and answers audience questions about ways to actively strengthen your bonds with your kids.
Thursday, September 8 @ 11am ET
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in kids and teens. However, it can also affect adults if gone undiagnosed or unaddressed. It can have an impact on the emotions and behaviors of children, and it can affect their ability to learn new things.
Often children with ADHD are portrayed as being troublemakers who may be difficult to parent, teach, or coach. However, this only captures one sliver of behaviors associated with ADHD, and can create a false narrative that an ADHD diagnosis is a bad thing.
Join us as Dr. Roberto Olivardia explains how we can help support the kids and teens we look after who have ADHD, addresses the stigma associated with ADHD diagnoses, and answers audience questions about how having ADHD can have its advantages.
Join us: Monday, September 12 @ 11am ET
To respond to our field’s most pressing clinical challenge, experts from across the country will present the most recent, cutting-edge advances in suicide-focused assessment and treatment, including the current efficacy of somatic and psychological interventions, the use of new clinical technologies, considerations for special populations including groups disproportionately affected by suicide, and insights from a clinician with lived experience.
Join us: October 26, 2022
There’s no one way to describe what stress looks or feels like for a child. Often kids don’t have the words to describe how they’re feeling, and so stress can manifest as many emotions or reactions that we may not assume are attributed to being stressed. Being overloaded with stress or not knowing how to manage it can cause kids and teens to become anxious, withdrawn, aggressive, ill, or develop poor coping skills.
Join us as Dr. Lisa W. Coyne shares ways to identify stress in kids of all ages, explains common sources of stress both in and out of the home, and provides tips and tricks for lowering stress levels that all members of the family can benefit from.
Join us: Thursday, November 3 @ 11am ET
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