Mental & Behavioral Health Kit

Lots of kids need help right now, but don’t know how to ask. Our pediatric experts share ways to support your child’s mental and emotional well-being every single day – from what to do when they’re struggling to how to build positive habits for a lifetime.

For support navigating mental health supports and resources, contact Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination at 860.837.6200.

If you feel your child is in crisis, or a danger to themselves or others, call 911. In Connecticut, you can also call 211 for emergency or crisis intervention. For free, confidential support from the National Suicide Prevention Life Line, call 1.800.273.8255 or text “HOME” to 741741.

8 Mental Health Tips for Parents

To be there for their kids, parents need to take care of their own mental health too. Here are strategies.

How to Check On Your Child’s Mental Health

Many kids are struggling with anxiety or depression, but don’t know how to talk about it. You can help.


Suicide Is the Second Leading Cause of Death for Kids as Young as 10. Here’s How Parents Can Help

Suicide is 100% preventable. Connecticut Children’s medical director of Emergency Behavioral Health services shares what parents can do to help.

10 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Reset From Stress

During moments of stress, there are some trusty methods for kids and teens – and parents – to calm themselves down.


The Best Way to Prevent Youth Suicide? Talk About It

Youth suicide has been on the rise – and with the stress of the pandemic, suicide prevention is more important than ever. Dr. Steven Rogers, medical director of Emergency Behavioral Health services, shares important tips.

Growing Resilient: What Your Child Needs to Get Through Tough Times

Despite how toxic the stress surrounding COVID-19 can be, there is good news: We can help our kids be resilient, even during these unusual (and surreal) times.


Signs Your Child Might Be Depressed or Anxious – and What to Do Next

If you’re wondering how you’ll know when your child needs extra help – whether it’s from a counselor or physician, or just more support at home – read this.

Self-Care for Kids: 4 Strategies to Help Your Child Manage Stress

Even when they’re sad, stressed or frustrated, kids can learn to trust that they’ll eventually feel better, and how to take care of themselves until they do.


Mindfulness for Kids: 12 Calming Exercises to Teach Your Child

Mindfulness helps focus and soothe a worried mind, and makes it easier for kids to control how they react to stress long-term. It’s an important key to resilience.

Is Your Teen Stressed, Sad or Angry? They May Be Feeling Grief

Many teens right now are feeling anxious and depressed – and a kind of grief. Pediatric psychologists Kelly Maynes, PsyD, and Lauren K. Ayr-Volta, PhD, give advice on how parents can support them.


Free, Confidential Support for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

For families experiencing domestic violence, Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center shares how to get help.

Managing Family Stress During COVID-19

For help managing stress – your child’s, and your own – Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center experts provide advice.


Autism and Anxiety: How to Support Kids on the Spectrum

For kids, teens and young adults on the autism spectrum – who usually do best with predictable routines and concrete information – this time may be especially stressful. Pediatric psychologist Amy Signore, PhD, MPH, provides strategies to help.

Is Your Child Struggling With Germ Phobia During COVID-19?

We’re all concerned about getting sick right now. But if your child has an intense fear of germs, and trouble functioning at school or at home because of it, they may be dealing with some degree of germ phobia. Pediatric psychologist Melissa Santos, PhD, shares tips to support them.


Who to Contact When Your Child Needs Behavioral Health Support

Anxiety. Eating disorders. Suicidal thoughts. Uncontrollable aggression. No matter what your child or family may be dealing with, it’s important to remember that you are not alone – and that there are resources to help.

5 Mental Health Tips for Kids This Winter

Winter darkness and colder weather can cause your child’s mood and health habits to take a dive. To help, start with the basics!

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