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Student Health Presentations/ Information

Internet Safety for Children and Teens Presentation (please click here to access the file)


2019 Children Mental Health Report

2019 Children’s Mental Health Report: Social Media, Gaming and Mental Health.
This 2019 Children’s Mental Health Report helps parents, professionals and policymakers understand the online lives of children and adolescents, and answer the question: How much is too much?


Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

When communities experience episodes of violence or face natural disasters, it can be hard for adults and children to comprehend. We can’t shield our children from pain and fear when they’re exposed to such tragedy. But, we can help them process what they’re experiencing in the healthiest way possible.

Attached is the guide Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event. The Child Mind Institute's trauma resources on are helpful in times where adults need to support and comfort children coping with and trying to understand tragedies. These resources are free to view and download and are available in 10 languages.

Helping Children Cope After A Traumatic Event_2016.pdf 



Internet Safety for Children & Teens


LGBTQ Supports Pamphlet 2018-2019


Student Health Articles/ Video

Cartoon Network | Stop Bullying Speak Up | Videos

Include Someone, Make a Difference.
Watch a new PSA from Cartoon Network and PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center that encourages kids to help stop bullying before it starts by including others.


CDC Issues Health Advisory for Lung Disease Associated with Vaping

You may have heard the news, but the CDC recently released an advisory warning of a new, severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of e-cigarette products. Over 200 cases across 25 states have been reported, with patients experiencing respiratory and/or other symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and fever. 

"Vaping" (or e-cigarette usage) is especially harmful to young people, yet it's on the rise among children and teenagers. In 2018, use of e-cigarettes rose 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students from the year prior, with 3.6 million teenagers reporting use of the devices.

This dangerous new lung disease isn't the only reason to prevent vaping among adolescents— vaping also increases potential harm to brain development and the likelihood of future cigarette smoking.

Fortunately, our partners at CATCH offer a FREE curriculum aimed at preventing e-cigarette use to schools. The CATCH My Breath program was recently expanded to include fifth grade and updated significantly with new content and activities across all grade levels. Watch their two-minute overview video at to learn more. 


Quick Facts on Excoriation (Skin Picking)| Child Mind Institute

Overview. Excoriation is a disorder characterized by recurrent skin picking, resulting in skin lesions. Some children with the disorder say that picking at their skin makes them feel good, but not all children affected by the disorder do it intentionally, or consciously; some may not even remember doing it.


What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Instead of helping kids avoid what they’re afraid of, pointers for helping them learn to tolerate their anxiety and function as well as they can, even when they’re anxious.


Parents Guide to Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders | Child Mind InstituteWhen children are struggling with both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, they are said to have co-occurring disorders. You may also hear these referred to as comorbid disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” The disorders may have developed at the same time, or one might have led into the other. Either […]


How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexting | Child Mind Institute

It’s far too easy for kids to assume that private online communication stays private. It feels intimate, and sharing intimate details is one way we build close relationships with friends and love interests, which is part of the developmental work […]


Talking to Your Kids About... Porn | Child Mind Institute

Parents have always struggled with how to talk with their kids about sex, but in a world where pornography is a mouse click away, the conversation is more complicated than ever. A rather alarming number of adolescents — girls as well as boys — seem to be looking at porn online and using it as […]


When Teens Don't Get Enough Sleep | Sleep Deprivation Effects | Child Mind Institute - Child Mind Institute | Transforming Children's Lives  | Child Mind Institute

In 2006 the National Sleep Foundation surveyed more than 1,600 adolescents and found that many exhibited depressive symptoms […]


Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know | Child Mind Institute

Although e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, vaping rates have skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teens. E-cigarettes are now the most frequently used tobacco product among adolescents — some 2.1 million middle […]


Help for Cutting and Other Self-Injury | Child Mind Institute

There are few things more disturbing for moms and dads than finding out that your child is intentionally hurting herself. Unfortunately, it’s very common, especially among girls. Experts call it “self-injury,” and as many as a quarter of all teenagers […]


Transgender Kids and Gender Dysphoria | Child Mind Institute

The term transgender has been very much in the news over the last several years, but many of us know little about the experience that makes an increasing number of young people say they are the wrong gender, and need to make a change. The experience of being transgender, or more broadly gender  […]