THH May Newsletter
- Posted on: Apr 9 2019
MONTHLY BUILDING BLOCKS
Mental Health Awareness Month
Stop the Bullying
- We would like to regretfully inform you that Dr. Granger will be stepping down effective May 16, 2019. This is a great loss but we wish him the best of luck in his new role as Medical Director at Children’s Hospital Orange County, California
- We have implemented a new Electronic Medical Records that will continue to enhance our patient care. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our THH families.
Is It Just A Stage?
“From the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand. From the inside looking out, it’s hard to explain”.
Mental illness including anxiety and depression has increased significantly for the 6-17 age group. It is time to recognize mental illness as essential to physical health. Emergency Rooms are ill equipped to meet the needs of patients midst a mental crisis. Insurance plans view mental illness as exceptions to standard of care. The cost of treatment is not affordable. So where do families start. First recognize the signs!
- Sadness or irritability
- Excessive fears and worries
- Social withdrawal
- Changes in eating/sleeping
- Strong feelings of anger
- Difficulty to cope with daily problems/activities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Numerous physical ailments
- Substance use
- Inability to manage responsibilities – at home and/or at school
- Prolonged negative mood
- Frequent outbursts of anger
- Talk with your child’s teacher, school counselor, close friends to see if they’ve noticed any changes in your child’s behavior
- Make an appointment with us so we can provide psychoeducation for both you and your child. We may recommend that your child be evaluated by a specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, behavioral therapist
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
- Psychology Services at THH Pediatrics – Dr. Ari Yares – Child and Adolescent Therapy, Psychoeducational Testing, and Parent Coaching & Workshops. His appointment times will typically be Monday evenings 6 to 9 pm for therapy and on selected Sundays
- Psychotherapy. Talk therapy or behavior therapy. It is a way to address mental health concerns by talking with a psychologist or other mental health provider. During psychotherapy, a child might learn about his or her condition, moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy can help a child learn how to respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.
What Can You Do?
- Seek ways to relax and have fun with your child. Praise his or her strengths and abilities. Explore new stress management techniques, open communication with your child
- Consider seeking family counseling
- Inform your child’s teachers and the school counselor that your child has a mental health condition in order to create an academic plan that meets your child’s needs.
You’re Not Alone
Bullying can be in form of teasing, gossiping, cyberbullying, taking lunch money, lies, threats, rumors.
- Frighten a child, make a child feel less important, spoil a child’s playtime, cause bodily injury, cause ongoing mental issues
Where Do You Start
- Tell your child not to react to the bully and not give into his demands.
- If your child’s attempts at ignoring the bully are not effective, she should become firm with the bully. Use statements like, “Stop doing that now. Or If you keep on bothering me, I’m going to report you to the principal/teacher.”
- Encourage your child to form strong friendships.
- Talk to your child’s teacher, school counselor, or to the principal of the school if the situation with the bully does not stop as long as your child’s mental health and well-being is not negatively affected. Your child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive, and positive environment!!
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