This post was submitted to our 100K Stories Project by Patricia Mitchell, founder of Patricia’s Children, a non-profit organization devoted to empowering children and parents who have become unjustly separated. A Regretful Visit Patricia had just discovered that the father of her unborn child (‘Sonny’ aka Brian, aka… Read More4.24.2017 / Heidi Ganahl
If your child is experiencing depression, anxiety, or mental health issues:
- Open the lines of communication with your child about what they’re experiencing, ask ‘How can I help?’
- Take your child to see their doctor to find out if there are medical issues that need to be addressed.
- Take your child to speak with a trained counselor.
- Do your homework to empower you as you advocate for your child.
- Work with the staff and teachers at your child’s school to help create a supportive environment.
These are the facts...
Among Colorado’s high school-aged children, 24% reported feeling so sad or hopeless nearly every day for two weeks or more that they stopped engaging in their usual activities. 14.5% admitted to seriously considering suicide in the past year, 12% made a plan for suicide and nearly 7% attempted suicide at least once. Of those, 2% reported that their suicide attempt resulted in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that needed medical attention. The most common mental health issues Colorado’s younger children (ages 4-14 years old) suffer from are: anxiety (7%) and ADD / ADHD (6.4%). behavioral or conduct “problems” (3.2%), and depression (nearly 3%). Depression and mental illness are just as serious in children and youth as in adults, and are often misunderstood simply because children don’t yet have the communication skills to articulate what they are going through.
This piece was submitted to our 100K Stories Project by an author who wishes to remain anonymous. This powerful statement is what she shared in court, addressing the sexual assault that shattered her world, and the person who sexually assaulted her. Your Honor, Today is not a… Read More4.17.2017 / Heidi Ganahl
This piece was submitted to our 100K STORIES PROJECT by Monica Boeru The Parent-Teen Whisperer. A certified life coach, parent educator, and stepmom, Monica is dedicated to helping parents connect and create a close relationship with their teenage children. When Moms Fight Back read one of my blog posts… Read More4.3.2017 / Heidi Ganahl
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This piece was submitted to our 100K STORIES PROJECT by a concerned mom, Tonea Parker. My name is Tonea Parker, a mother of a beautiful daughter with Special Needs! Recently my story was picked up by WSBTV in Atlanta, Georgia. My sixth-grade daughter My sixth-grade daughter attended a field… Read More3.20.2017 / Heidi Ganahl