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MAY 2016              Better Choices. BRIGHTER FUTURES.
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While May is nationally recognized as
Mental Health Month - the sudden loss of several young people in our Washington County community elevates this "month" of awareness to a much more personal level.

It also reaffirms us at YSB in our most important role and mission: to help youth and families build "Brighter Futures" in the face of challenges
and adversity.

This means a continued and intentional focus on prevention and early intervention for youth and teens through resources and professional support.

And in this time of need, it means YSB therapists going to the schools to support the students and faculty as they grieve together.
We know that raising kids can be overwhelming at times, especially as they face stress, grief and loss.

We encourage you to utilize the free online resources below and others found on our mobile-friendly website, so you never feel alone in meeting the challenges of raising kids and teens.

And remember, we're only a call - or click- away.

Supporting Your Child Through Grief
By: Rochelle Kruszka, M.A.,
YSB Youth and Family Therapist
When kids lose someone important in their lives, it is often a challenging time for parents. What should we do? What should (or shouldn’t) we say? How can I help my child that is hurting? Here are some tips for helping your child through a significant loss:
1) Tell the truth.
Children need to know the truth from the caring adults in their lives. The sooner they can understand that their loved one is gone and is not coming back, the sooner they are able to start the mourning process. Using terms such as “dead” may be difficult, but talking to children openly about death helps to build trust. They will know they can come to you with questions and trust you to give them the information they need.
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Understanding Self-Harm: What Parents Can Do
By: Emily Johnson, M.S.W., LGSW
YSB Youth and Family Therapist

Self-harm can be very difficult for parents to
understand, and is oftentimes just as confusing for the young person who is doing it to themselves. Parents wonder just how serious the self-harming is, and if their child is trying to end his or her life. Self-harming incidents are often not one-in-the-same as suicide attempts, but there are obvious safety concerns associated with cutting and other types of self-harm.

For example, sometimes children accidentally cut themselves too deep, causing serious injury. Here are some tips for parents who suspect their child may be self-harming:                        
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Helping Kids Cope with Stress
Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®.
To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can't protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.

But it's not always easy for parents to know what to do for a child who's feeling stressed. Here are a few ideas:
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Mental Health Crisis Lines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers
Youth Mental Health Line

Child-Help USA: Coping With Stress
1-800-422-4453 (24 hour toll free)

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