suicide

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and around 14 out of 100,000 people die each year from suicide.

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What Is Social Competence in Teens? Why Is it Important?

Humans are social beings. And so, the peer support system that our teens have around them is important. Yes, your kid may like being alone, playing video games, painting art, or perfecting their musical skill. But that doesn’t mean they won’t need social relationships later in life. Learning social competence as teens is just as important as any other skill, we would argue.

Helping Children Cope With Grief

Whether the loss is a grandparent, a parent, a classmate or even a beloved family pet, the grieving process can be difficult and every child will grieve in his own way. Parents, caregivers and educators wondering how they can help will find many answers to their questions in the following guide, which has been assembled with advice from several experts in the area of child and adolescent grief. You will find tips broken down into a range of ages and experiences, and information about what to say, who should say it, what to look out for and how to help.

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news—and listen, too—can help.

If it bleeds, it leads. The old newsroom adage about milking stories for sensationalism seems truer than ever today. And with technology doing the heavy lifting—sending updates, tweets, posts, and breaking news alerts directly to our kids’ phones—we parents are often playing catch-up. Whether it’s wall-to-wall coverage of the latest natural disaster, a horrific mass shooting, a suicide broadcast on social media, or a violent political rally, it’s nearly impossible to keep the news at bay until you’re able to figure out what to say. The bottom line is that elementary school-aged kids and some middle schoolers have trouble fully understanding news events. And though older teens are better able to understand current events, even they face challenges when it comes to sifting fact from opinion—or misinformation.

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ANXIETY

Many adults have anxiety, but did you know that the number of teens with anxiety is at an all-time high? Having excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks is not uncommon for a person with anxiety disorder. 

TEEN SUPPORT

Children become preteens, and preteens mold into teenagers who then become young adults. KidsMatter has an abundance of resources for fourth graders to young adults who are managing academic, social and emotional stressors daily.

STRESS

Teen stress can rival an adult's, according to the American Psychological Association, but chronic stress for all Americans is becoming a national epidemic, especially for those who are 25 to 35 years of age. 

ABUSE & ADDICTION

Having your physical and mental health rely on a substance can add complexity and a loss of control to your life. KidsMatter relies on resources from our trusted and reputable partners to assist individuals and families understand why addiction and abuse happens and how to prevent it.

DIGITAL AWARENESS

Smartphones, tablets and other devices have been found to be directly linked to isolation, depression, and anxiety in individuals. KidsMatter regularly holds educational series aimed at educating the community on how to prevent digital addiction and practice a healthy balance of using technology.

SUICIDE

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and around 14 out of 100,000 people die each year from suicide. KidsMatter's #1 resource is our Crisis Text Line to assist those in crisis and our suicide resources can help you or someone you know who is in need.

MINDFULNESS

Having your physical and mental health rely on a substance can add complexity and a loss of control to your life. KidsMatter relies on resources from our trusted and reputable partners to assist individuals and families understand why addiction and abuse happens and how to prevent it.

PARENT SUPPORT

Parents need to learn about today’s toughest parenting challenges, and KidsMatter wants to help. We are a reliable source of expert information, resources, and suggestions when you don’t know where else to turn.

DEPRESSION

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that can cause severe symptoms that affect how you may feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Depression can happen at any age and to anyone, and even the most severe cases, can be treated.

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