BOOKS and RESOURCES for Parents & Guardians
The Librarian Listened: Helping Children and Caregivers Handle Mental Health Conditions [Original Blog Posting: 23 Sep 2019 09:01 PM PDT]
According to the Child Mind Institute’s 2018 Children’s Mental Health Report, anxiety affects 30% of children and adolescents, but 80% never get help. Untreated anxiety disorders, which typically manifest between ages 11-14, increase the risk for depression, school failure, substance abuse and suicide. What can we, as librarians, do to assist young people and their caregivers in recognizing and dealing with mental health conditions? Being aware of the myriad mental health resources available is a great first step. In addition to the Child Mind Institute, which provides resources ranging from back-to-school tips to parent/caregiver guides on a plethora of topics, the following websites offer a wide range of information to support the mental health of young people: American Psychological Association (APA) The APA’s page on children’s mental health includes a toll-free phone number as well as an online psychologist locator to help caregivers find the right fit for their child. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides data and statistics, as well as symptoms and treatment recommendations for a variety of conditions (including anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder). Additionally, they offer a variety of free materials related to developmental milestones and screening. National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, NAMI provides basic information on as well as support for a variety of mental health conditions. Information is broken down by condition, but caregivers seeking information specific to children or teens can find what they’re looking for under the “Find Support” tab. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
One of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health, NIMH offers resources similar to the CDC and NAMI, with additional information about participating in research studies and clinical trials. Another way we can serve patrons in regard to mental health is through book recommendations. In preparation for World Mental Health Day (October 10th), check out these fantastic children’s titles – and maybe even put together a special display:
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