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six Easy ways to support your Child's Mental Health

Even the small things make a difference.

1) Encourage conversation

2) Be patient

3) Be present

4) Don't overreact

5) Look after yourself

6) Seek help

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HoW RaCial and Socioeconomic Factors Impact Mental Health Care

There are enormous disparities with respect to race and socioeconomic status. For example, compared with white Hispanic and black children are less likely to receive the mental health care that they need. And also compared with children who are either publicly insured or privately insured, those kids who don’t have the insurance are less likely to receive the mental health care that they need.

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urban trauma; challenge blacks to seek mental health professionals

New research looks at trauma in black communities, not only from the traditional clinical lens, but also from a historical perspective of racial injustice, oppression and discrimination-  dubbed “urban trauma.”

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Child Guidance Center Serves More Victims of Crime

The number of child victims of crime seeking services in our communities is increasing. The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) served 125 new child victims of crime from July 1st through September 2016 -- a 30% increase compared to the four months prior.

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FREE COURSES FOR PARENTS OF ADOLESCENTS WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES

Parents and caregivers of children and adolescents under 17 with mental health challenges will get help from a free course offered by the Southwest Connecticut affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness ("NAMI").

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Addressing the Shortage in Child Mental Health CarE

According to information from the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry, in the vast majority of U.S. states, there are fewer than 17 practicing pediatric psychiatrists per 100,000 children age 17 or younger. Connecticut is one of just nine states where the shortage is not quite as severe, but it is still categorized as high, which by the academy’s standards means having somewhere between 18 and 46 practicing pediatric psychiatrists per 100,000 children.

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Mental Health Week: How Are Our Kids Coping?

It's not easy to watch anyone struggle with mental health issues, but it might be even more difficult to see children battle mental illness. According the National Institute of Mental Health, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.

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Children As Young As Six Months Can Be Screened For Mental Health Issues [VIDEO]

Experts suggest that screening kindergarten students for mental health is way too late.Experts reveal that children as young as six months can be screen for psychological concerns concers. 

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