If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stand Together: Help and Hope

If you are a parent of an adolescent, you have likely heard of, or even watched, the popular Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why. It is based on the fictional novel of the same name written by Jay Asher, which follows the aftermath of a young girl’s suicide and delves into the reasons she decided to end her life. While many people are thankful that teenage mental health is being discussed in the media at all, some are concerned the show could be seen as glamorizing suicide.

Whatever your opinion may be, everyone can agree that it has gotten people talking about mental health. These conversations may be uncomfortable and bring up questions that are tough for parents to answer. However, don’t give up! Be sure to remain open to communication about mental health with your children.

Whether you and your child have had in depth conversations about mental health or you find it difficult to discuss, LEAD (Leading Education and Awareness for Depression) Pittsburgh encourages you to watch “Stand Together: Help & Hope” a television show about mental health that was created by teenagers in Pittsburgh. The show’s goal is to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health and offer a hopeful message. You can watch a promotional clip of the show here. It will be airing Saturday May 27 at 9:00am on Fox 53.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 20% of children have or will have a mental disorder. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, make an appointment to see a professional who can point you in the right direction. There are many resources, including the mental health professionals who work at the Laughlin Children’s Center. Call us at 412-741-4087 questions you may have about beginning services for your child.

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