Just as a butterfly symbolizes our unlimited potential through the support and love we give to one another, it reminds us that our hope can be bigger than our fears.
Every morning when an alarm clock goes off, it’s the start of a new day.
For some, the anchor means hope… calm… stability. On the flip side, the anchor can be seen in a negative light.
Whether it’s your own broken heart or the broken heart of someone you love, feelings of loss can be overwhelming.
Every day, students get out their pencils to start their school day. The snap of a pencil carries so much meaning - anger, frustration, anxiety.
The exclamation point can mean excitement, surprise or an intense level of happiness for some. But an exclamation point also can have a negative meaning for others.
Radiant and pretty, the flower is often a sign of happiness.
What fills a heart is unique to each person, whether it’s love, family, friendships, learning or giving back in some way, we all find purpose in different things.
The happy face is one of the most recognizable signs of pure joy, often representing feelings of happiness, satisfaction, well wishes and humor.
A letter is a thoughtful investment in someone’s time and feelings. In today’s hyper connected world, it’s an opportunity to slow down and embrace how words never seem to carry the same meaning as they do on paper.
A symbol of several significant moments in history, and still significant today, the peace sign means many things: calmness, grounded, or rational thinking.
Sometimes we just want to be heard. To know someone is on the other line, listening. A phone call is a way to show support, to nurture, to reach out.
For some, question mark means a feeling of confusion or a fear of the unknown. For others, a question mark means a sense of curiosity, or looking for a way to help — to give others the hope they need to move forward and start a conversation so that each question asked can find an answer.
By providing kids with the support and tools they need, we can help ensure all kids feel the hope and the uplifting spirit of a rainbow.
A sad face is one of the most recognizable signs of sadness or loss, disappointment or feeling bummed out. But for some, it can represent a far more complex range of emotions.
A star is a beacon of hope - a shining light that guides the way. It’s a symbol of positivity, happiness, renewal.
The sight of approaching dark and ominous storm clouds may bring worry and fear of the unexpected.
Warmness, radiance, happiness. Sunshine can be awakening, directional and a blanket of warmth.
What does a wilted flower mean to you? The bowed shape of the flower is telling … a shape that emotes shyness … nervousness. I don’t want you to see me. Maybe you don’t want to be called on in class or in a group setting. You want to hide from the rest of the world.
Each icon represents potential thoughts and feelings someone could have, using simple illustrations to symbolize complex emotions. Your experiences will define what these icons mean to you.
Children’s mental health is an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of children’s health. It’s time to give hope to every family living with mental illness.
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Mental Health Challenge Day 19: Color a picture.
Mental Health Challenge Day 5: Plan a family activity night, like game night or movie night.
Mental Health Challenge Day 2: Take a walk.
Mental Health Challenge Day 1: Over dinner, talk about 3 things you are grateful for.
Mental Health Challenge Day 4: Allow yourself to be present in the moment.
Mental Health Challenge Day 3: Send an email/message to someone you love.
Mental Health Challenge Day 12: Read a book.
Mental Health Challenge Day 7: Donate to or volunteer at an organization.
Mental Health Challenge Day 11: Limit screen time today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 6: This morning, talk about what you are most excited for today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 9: Make a list of 3 things you want to do this year.
Mental Health Challenge Day 8: Draw a photo of someone or something you are grateful for.
Mental Health Challenge Day 10: Sing a song together.
Mental Health Challenge Day 13: Make dinner together.
Mental Health Challenge Day 14: Smile and say hello to every person you see today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 18: Do one random act of kindness today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 16: Ask your kids to share one thing they like about themselves and why.
Mental Health Challenge Day 22: How will you be mentally fit today?
Mental Health Challenge Day 15: Focus on the positive. Try not to complain about anything today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 17: Write down one thing you want to get done this weekend−and do it.
Mental Health Challenge Day 21: Send a text message to someone you miss.
Mental Health Challenge Day 20: Go to sleep a half hour earlier.
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Mental health plays such an important role in our overall health and wellbeing. If someone you care about is having issues with their behavioral or mental health, you may not be sure how to help them.
Because mental health touches everything and because it is just as important as physical health, we incorporate research about behavioral health and care across our entire health system.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-19 years in the United States, but did you know that in recent years there has been a sizable increase in youth suicide rates for females relative to males?
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Repetition, in the form of routines, has many benefits for children.
As increasing numbers of pediatric patients require behavioral health care, primary care providers look to integrate behavioral health providers in their practice.
Long wait times and difficulties accessing behavioral health services cause stress for many patients and families.
Experts say open conversations with kids about suicide could save lives.
Pediatric primary care systems can address mental and emotional health outcomes of juvenile justice involvement before, during and after an event.
A primary care provider’s ability to identify and treat symptoms associated with trauma can increase positive outcomes for patients and families.
An estimated 20 percent of children struggle with mental health illness. As awareness grows, the call for primary care physicians to play a leading role in care grows louder.
Pediatricians are in an optimal position to see early warning signs and recommend treatment.
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A strong support system has been shown to improve how people adapt to living with a mental illness long term.
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Linda Farrell, a visual arts teacher at Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls (CCPSG), combined the message of the importance of mental health and the icons from On Our Sleeves into an art lesson on Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Period” for her classroom.
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Children spend more than 1,000 hours in school each year. As teachers, coaches and school administrators, you know that mental well-being plays an important part in a child’s academic success.
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Answering questions about your child's hospital stay can cause stress and anxiety. But, it doesn't have to if you follow some simple tips.
We know that waitlists for services can sometimes be long. Here are a few things you may be able to do in the meantime.
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Sexual abuse can include both touching and non-touching behaviors. In general, no thought is given to what effect this behavior may have on the child.
While loss affects us in many different ways, it’s important to learn coping strategies for our mental health.
Body positivity is about loving yourself and others regardless of physical appearance. It’s about encouraging self-positivity, acceptance and health.
Physical abuse is any non-accidental act that results in physical injury to a child or adolescent. Physical abuse can result from physical punishment that goes too far or when a parent or caregiver lashes out in anger.
Self-injury is the act of physically hurting oneself without the intent to die. It is a sign of emotional distress. It shows that a person has a lack of healthy coping skills.
Poor academic performance, not wanting to go to school or participate in school or strained relationships with classmates and teachers are all problems children can face at school.
When two or more people are connected and behave toward each other, we call that a relationship. Relationships can take many forms, but ultimately can be healthy or unhealthy.
Bulimia nervosa is one type of eating disorder in which a person regularly eats excessive amounts of food (binge eats) and then attempts to eliminate (purge) the consequences of overeating by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting or exercising excessively.
A learning disorder is when a child has trouble learning in certain school subjects. The problem is bad enough to interfere with school or everyday activities.
Disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) can seriously impact a child’s daily life. Children with disruptive behavior disorders show ongoing patterns of uncooperative and defiant behavior.
A personality disorder is an enduring pattern of thinking, feeling and behaving that is different from expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning and lasts over time.
Motor disorders are a subcategory of neurodevelopmental disorders that begin early in development. These behaviors can have physical and social consequences.
An adjustment disorder is an unhealthy emotional or behavioral reaction to a stressful event or change in a person’s life. The response happens within 3 months of the stressful event.
Addiction refers to a wide range of compulsive behaviors. Traditionally, addiction refers to the excessive use of substances, including alcohol; prescription and illegal drugs; cigarettes; and food. Today addiction has a wider meaning for children and adolescents.
Anorexia nervosa is one type of eating disorder in which a person severely limits the amount of food he or she eats to prevent weight gain or lose weight.
The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. It hinders a child’s ability to communicate and interact socially with others, sometimes severely. It also impacts the way the child thinks and behaves.
ADHD stands for of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Young people with ADHD have a tendency to act without thinking. They tend to have a high energy level, and have trouble focusing on the task before them.
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Anxiety disorders affect one out of every eight children. Untreated, young people with anxiety disorders are at a higher risk to struggle in school and in their relationships with adults and peers.
Depression is a common and serious form of a childhood mental disorder. It is more severe than normal sadness. It can interfere with a child's energy, concentration, sleep and appetite.
Disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders involve problems with controlling emotions and behaviors, which results in behaviors that violate the rights of others.
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By definition, a suicide is a death caused by self-directed, harmful behavior with the intent to die as a result of the behavior.
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Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior by a person or group that targets another person or group. It involves an imbalance of power and is usually repeated over time.
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Stress is a common part of every child’s life. Children worry about their appearance, about tests and school projects, being accepted by friends, being separated from family, and more.
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