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.
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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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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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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.
Learn about the many types of mental health providers who have relevant training, specialization and skill in assessing and providing mental and behavioral health services to children and adolescents.