How to Talk to Kids About Tragedies and Violence, and Other News

Parents having a serious discussion with their childIn the wake of terror attacks and acts of violence around the world—such as the white supremacy demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led a man to plough a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman—many parents may be unsure how to talk to their children about the news.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents several tips. The discussion, the organization says, should begin by asking children what they already know. Parents should offer encouragement and reassurance, maintain a consistent routine, and shield young children from graphic images of violence. They should also monitor children for signs of depression and trauma, such as sleep, behavioral issues, and changes in eating habits.

Many want to talk with their children about race in a way that raises a child’s consciousness without being frightening. Most experts emphasize the need to be honest in an age-appropriate way. Parents must also explore their own feelings about race and racism before attempting to educate their children. Like other challenging conversations, ignoring the issue won’t make it go away. Rather than having one conversation, parents should begin as early as possible, have frequent discussions, and maintain open lines of communication.

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Some Companies Want You to Take a Mental Health Day

A mental health day can be as important for good health and job satisfaction as sick leave. Yet, many workers are reluctant to tell their managers they need one. Some companies now encourage employees to take mental health days, citing increases in productivity and job satisfaction among employees with good mental health.

What’s Worse Than Being Unemployed? A Bad Job, Say Researchers

Many workers think long-term unemployment is the most stressful job experience they can have. According to new research, however, staying in a bad job might be worse. Researchers followed people who were unemployed during 2009 and 2010. Those who took “poor quality work” had higher stress levels than those who remained jobless.

Rand Study Recommends Improvements to Mental Health Care for Service Members

A new Rand Corporation study suggests lack of access to quality mental health care remains an issue for current and former soldiers. The study, which surveyed 520 providers, found less than half were able to see people with depression or posttraumatic stress (PTSD) weekly. Instead, they saw these people biweekly or less. This suggests soldiers may not get the consistent care they need to see improvements in mental health.

How White Supremacists Use Victimhood to Recruit

Research on white supremacist groups suggest their members see themselves—not the minority groups they target—as the real victims. They believe white people are the real targets for systemic oppression. In other words, they are prevented from expressing their “white pride,” their victimization erodes self-esteem, and the ongoing victimization of white groups is part of a plan to eliminate the white “race.”

Now, Manage Your Mental Health and Chronic Conditions With an App

A new smartphone app promises to help middle-age and older adults manage their physical and mental health. The app, which is designed to meet the average technical abilities of older adults, involves three months of training in 10 sessions. The sessions cover health topics such as stress, medication and substance abuse, and the role of mental health in physical health.

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  • aja

    August 18th, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    We have gotten to the point that we do not turn on any of the news channels until the kids have gone to bed.

    It is simply too sad and depressing to know that the world that they are growing up in is so totally different from what we grew up with. They already don’t get to stay innocent for very long anymore, and all of the terror insures that this lasts for an even shorter amount of time.

    Our children are not allowed to just simply be children anymore.

  • Sondra

    August 21st, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    But at least a bad job is still a job and still a paycheck

  • Mike

    August 24th, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Although I work for a very generous company it is almost laughable to think that there would be anyone there actually encouraging us to take a day off for our mental health. I am going to go out on a limb and say that this is probably never going to happen in my work environment and I would suspect that there are more people who feel that same way that I do. It is not that our employers don’t care for us, because I believe that they do in many ways have our best interests in mind. But I also think that they look at the bottom line too, and that is all they see. They want someone there are all times to make sure that the productivity is met in a way that satisfies their overall goals.

  • Kell

    August 25th, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    There are so many different reasons why someone would join up with a white supremacist group, and yes I do think that many times it does have a whole lot to do with feeling like their needs have been ignored and looked over. I think that you will find the same things when people are joining up with ISIS or Al Queda. They just somehow feel very left out of the forward progress so they think that joining up with a group such as these will help them to get ahead in a way that being a regular old member of society has not.

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