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Concrete ways to make a difference for your child, your family, your community
About Mental Health
West Chester Teen Data
WCASD teens' level of depression is 10% below the state average.
Still, 27% of West Chester teens feel sad or depressed most days.
Why We Care
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6 in 10 substance abusers also have a mental health disorder.
Substance use can be a warning sign of underlying anxiety or depression.
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Strategies for Parents
Use kind words and validation everyday. It's a great way to help fabulous kids through difficult years.
Introduce your children to healthy coping strategies like spending time outdoors, journaling, exercise and mindfulness.
Teach consistent gratitude. It's shown to have a direct link to overall life satisfaction.
Help your child set goals that are SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, yet Reaching, Timely.
Talk about your weaknesses. Kids need to see that failure happens and we go on.
Sometimes in life, you just need a hug. No words, no advice, just a hug to remind you that you matter.
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