Resources to Support Your Family's Well-Being
Your relationship with the children in your care builds the foundation for their lifelong physical and mental health. What we learn and experience during the first few years of life stays with us and whether those experiences are positive and help to build resilience determines our future success in academia, friendships, and relationships as we reach maturity.
We are a resource for you. We work to provide helpful, reliable, and scientifically-sound resources for you to promote family and child well-being and resilience.
When you visit these sites for information and resources, you know that it will be sound, reliable advice:
- Child Mind Institute's Family Resource Center provides information to help you support children who are struggling with mental health, behavior or learning challenges.
- HealthyChildren.Org is the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Parenting Website offering sound information, from prenatal to young adulthood, backed by pediatricians.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information and resources to support traumatized children, their families, and communities.
- Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University provides information on the early years of life, focusing on the science and innovation.
- Sesame Street provides developmentally appropriate information, videos, and activities to support health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.
- Zero To Three's resources support parents in developing their own ways to promote their children's growth and development.
- Child Care Aware® of America has a wealth of resources focused on helping children cope after traumatic events.
- American Academy for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families provides concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.
Articles, Tip Sheets, and Videos
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers a variety of resources for discussing traumatic events with children. Visit their page for a variety on resources on coping after a school shooting. Some topics, with downloadable information, include:
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
- Parent Guide to Helping Youth After a Shooting
- Helping Teens Cope After Mass Violence
- Addressing Worries About a Child's Safety at School
- Talking to Children About the Shooting
Other Information and Resources:
- How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings - Child Mind Institute
- Once I was Very Scared - Free Book and Guide by Chandra Ghosh Ippen
- About Community and Gun Violence - Sesame Street
- Webinar: Talking Trauma with Young Children - Zero to Three with Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen
- How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings - Yale Medicine
- Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting - American Psychological Association
- Addressing School Shootings: Tips to Promote Child Well-Being and Resilience - Center for Child Counseling
- Helping Your Child Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting - American Psychological Association
- Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event - Education Week
Preventing Child Abuse, Exploitation, and Trafficking.
Children who educated about their personal safety are more empowered to report when they feel "uncomfortable" thereby preventing sexual abuse or a continuous cycle of abuse and a lifetime of health concerns.
Stay KidSafe!™ is an innovative, evidence-informed and research-based curriculum designed for children, from kindergarten to 5th grade.
Crisis and Warm Lines
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for children ages 10-24 in Florida, making teenage suicide a serious and growing problem. Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention, and schools, families, and communities can provide help and support for children and teens.
Suicidal individuals may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean they don't want it. Most suicidal people are deeply conflicted about ending their lives and wish there was an alternative. If you suspect someone is considering suicide, talking openly about suicidal thoughts can save a life.
Get Help Now
Need Immediate Help? Call 2-1-1 OR text your zip code to 898211
211 Palm Beach and Treasure Coast: 211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages: 211 Online Chat
Any child or adolescent with suicidal thoughts or plans should be evaluated immediately by a trained and qualified mental health professional.
Nemours Kids Health
KidsHealth.org: ¿Es simplemente una etapa o es un problema serio? Ayude a su hijo a manejar los altibajos de la vida, desde enfrentar un divorcio hasta un nuevo hermano. O sepa cómo comprender el comportamiento de su hijo, ya sea el berrinche de un niño pequeño o la depresión de un adolescente.
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- Cómo ayudar a los niños a enfrentar el hostigamiento
- Cómo ayudar a su hijo después de un trauma
- Estrés infantil: Cómo pueden ayudar los padres
Child Mind Institute
El Child Mind Institute se dedica a transformar la vida de los niños y las familias que enfrentan trastornos de salud mental y del aprendizaje, al brindarles la ayuda que necesitan para salir adelante.