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Lack of State Funding Responsible for increase in Mental Health issues

 

20% of the American population has problems with mental health; unfortunately, many states have slashed funding that would provide help. See link below for more information.

 

http://bcove.me/gid3edym

Protect Your Child With A FREE Safety Kit

In the United States, nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year. That is over 2,000 children a day*.

 
The statistics can be alarming, but you can give your child an extra measure of security. Request a free Child Safe Kit today and record your child's vital statistics and urgent medical information in one convenient, safe place. If your child should be reported missing, you will immediately have all the important information about your child ready so authorities can help find them. Click on the link below and request a FREE kit today.


*National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Throwaway Children (NISMART-2), October 2002

Sesame Street launches new initiative:

Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce

The Children's Mental Health Network is proud to support Sesame Street's newest outreach initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, which provides much-needed resources for families with young children (ages 2 to 8) as they encounter the tough transitions that come with divorce.

Each year about 1.5 million children confront the divorce of their parents, a transition that can be challenging for the entire family, especially young children. While 40 percent of families experience this, there are few resources to show children they are not the only ones with big questions and feelings about divorce.
In response, Sesame Workshop has launched Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, a series of free multi-media resources, to support families through this transition.
Sesame Workshop created Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, in order to:
           · Provide tools and language to help young children (ages 2–8) cope with and understand
              divorce at an age-appropriate level,

           · aid families in communicating and expressing feelings around divorce and

           · reassure children that they will be cared for, and that—together with their families—they
               can learn ways to adjust to their new life and have hope for the future
 

Sesame Street's

Bullying Programs

 

Bullying is a problem many children will face as they grow up. Watch the Good Birds Club with your child to begin a conversation about bullying. Additionally, watch the Happy to Be Me Anti-Bullying Discussion videos for more about recognizing and preventing bullying.

 

The Good Bird's Club Video

http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/theshow/episodes/the-good-birds-club

 

 

 

Sesame Street has always been a destination for parents and children to laugh, learn, and grow. Over the past 42 years, the show has focused on the whole child by addressing educational, social, emotional, health and societal issues. Many difficult topics have been addressed through the seasons, and Sesame Street has always been there to provide concrete information to parents, teachers, and caregivers by extending the lessons learned from our curriculum.

Statistics have shown that many children will encounter bullying as they grow up - either as perpetrator, victim, or observer. In the longstanding tradition of Sesame Street to address sensitive topics, we consulted with researchers and early childhood experts to develop an age-appropriate story to address the topic of bullying. In "The Good Birds Club," Big Bird is bullied by another bird in the neighborhood. The show empowers children by providing strategies for dealing with bullying, and encourages them to seek the help of a trusted adult.

Since bullying is a complex issue, we assembled a panel of experts to provide additional information for parents, teachers, and caregivers. The goal of the following discussion is to give you a clear understanding of exactly what bullying is, how you can identify the signs of bullying, and what your role as an adult is to prevent or stop bullying.

Watch the Good Birds Club together with your child and then use the questions below to start a discussion. 

  • At the beginning of the story, how does Big Bird feel about himself? (Good, special, he likes himself)
  • How does Big Bird feel when the Good Bird Club leader is makes fun of the way he looks? (Sad, bad, he doesn't like how he looks, he thinks he needs to change)

  • How can you tell? (By what he says, the sound of his voice, how his body looks)
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  • Show me on your face how you'd feel if someone said those mean words to you. (Kids show a sad or maybe a mad face)
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  • When the Good Bird Club birds were mean to Big Bird was he mean back to them? (No.) If he had been mean back, what could have happened? (They could have had a big fight. He could have gotten in trouble.)
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  • Why did Big Bird keep changing himself? (He wanted to feel included)
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  • What did Elmo and Abby do to help Big Bird solve his problem with the Good Bird Club? (They got a grown up to help. They reported to a grown up.)
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  • What did Big Bird's friends do to help him feel happier? (They were nice to him. They told him they like him just how he is.)


  • Practice and Play
     

  • To help your child learn what to do if she experiences bullying, have her practice saying "I don't like the way they are acting. I am going to play with someone else."
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  • To help your child support a friend who is being bullied, have him pretend he is Elmo or Abby and practice saying one nice thing to Big Bird about the way he looks.
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  • To help your child learn how to report bullying, have her pretend she is Elmo or Abby and say "Big Bird needs help."

  • For more information on bully prevention, visit Stop Bullying Now or Mental Health America's Bullying Program

     

    http://www.stopbullying.gov/

     

    http://www.mhajax.org/bullyingprevention.html