Mental Health Newsletter Archive

Mental Health Update newsletter is intended to share news and information about the need for pediatric mental health services in Orange County and CHOC’s role in meeting those needs.


  • July 2021
    Waiting for Mental Health Treatment: A 17-Day Saga. Plus, School WellSpace Centers Program | Helping Children Deal with Grief | Becoming More ACEs Aware | Check-In Challenge Success
  • June 2021
    LGBTQ+ Youth and Suicide: Who is at Risk and Why. Plus, Identifying Youth at Risk of Suicide | Risk Factors for Elevated Anxiety in Young Adults | 6 Major Types of Anxiety Disorders
  • May 2021
    Mental Health Awareness Month: CHOC Check-In Challenge. Plus, How Loss Led a Psychologist to Suicide Prevention | Ending Mental Health Stigma | Helping Children Cope with Mass Violence
  • April 2021
    CHOC Mental Health Awareness Month Art & Word Contest. Plus, College students experiencing increased depression and anxiety | How to talk to teens struggling with mental health | Who is Gen C?
  • March 2021
    Five ways to manage kids’ anxiety about school. Plus, Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ youth | The pandemic may increase kids’ suicide risk | Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences with Hope
  • February 2021
    Nearly half of California youth report mental health struggles. Plus, 9 ways to help a child who has suicidal thoughts | Mental health podcast with Dr. Heather Huszti | Youth dying by intentional overdose
  • January 2021
    Understanding the grief of 2020. Plus, Positive media distractions | Teen’s body image impact on their mental health | Do masks hide emotions


  • December 2020
    6 ways to help children with COVID-19 burnout. Plus, Mental health tips during the pandemic | Comic to help address COVID-19 worries | Guided imagery to relax
  • November 2020
    4 ways to help kids cope with social isolation. Plus, 7 tips for managing children’s anxiety | Pandemic’s impact on young adults’ mental health | Suicide prevention resource for parents
  • October 2020
    Orange County to create suicide prevention office. Plus, CHOC partners with Mater Dei to enhance wellness on campus | Stress-busting tips for kids | Mental health toolkit for children
  • September 2020
    Six ways COVID-19 may be impacting your child’s mental health. Plus, Tips to help return to virtual school | Pet loss triggers mental health issues | Supporting children’s emotional safety
  • August 2020
    Steps to Reduce Depression. Plus, LGBTQ Youth Suicide | Mental Health Toolkit | 6 Ways to End Mental Health Stigma | The Pandemic’s Impact on Mental Health
  • July 2020
    5 Tips for Reducing Children’s Fears About Doctors’ Visits During COVID-19. Plus, Teens’ poor sleep linked to mental health problems | Reading list promoting character development | Mental Health Community Resources
  • June 2020
    How to talk to kids about racism. Plus, Long-term mental health effects of social distancing | Guided imagery for kids | 6 tips for coping with uncertain times
  • May 2020
    How to use a penny to teach mindfulness to kids. Plus, Tips to help teens comply with stay-at-home orders | 7 ways to talk about disappointment | Teaching family values in times of crises
  • April 2020
    How parents can deal with COVID-19 stress. Plus, Ways to reduce COVID-19 anxiety in kids | Teach kids to be resilient | Free mental health resources
  • March 2020
    Tips to help kids cope with anxiety about coronavirus. Plus, How family dynamics impact suicidal thoughts | An important skill parents should instill in kids | Ocean Institute experience at CHOC
  • February 2020
    CHOC’s chief psychologist invited to state of the union. Plus, 5 ways to help kids cope with grief | High school athletes at increased risk for suicide | Most popular sport highlights mental health
  • January 2020
    Could you recognize depression in your child? Plus, 3 ways to help your stressed-out teen | Normalizing the mental health hospital experience | Warning signs of problematic online habits


    • December 2019
      CHOC expands mental health services with transformational gift. Plus, Childhood trauma and personality disorder | Early intervention for adolescents with psychosis | The story of two friends’ journey
    • November 2019
      Orange County sees spike in pediatric mental health hospitalizations. Plus, mental health prep for college-bound kids | The impact of sibling bullying | 3 ways childhood trauma impacts adulthood
    • October 2019
      Could you spot these social media red flags? Plus, Air pollution linked to mental health problems | Addressing bullying | Harmful hazing | Helping kids after traumatic events
    • September 2019
      How to deal with bullies: tips from teens. Plus, Remedies for back-to-school anxiety | Teaching kids to be independent | The impact of racism on kids’ health
    • August 2019
      Does your child suffer from anxiety? Plus, How to raise kind kids | New law permits “mental health days” for students | Hispanics mental health crisis
    • July 2019
      Tips for enjoying an unplugged family vacation. Plus, Are Americans getting angrier | Latest suicide stats | 4 ways to become digital mentors | 3 things to help your kids be ad savvy
    • June 2019
      Suicide rates on the rise for young girls. Plus, Cookie Monster teaches self-regulation | Signs your child is struggling with anxiety | 5 practices for boosting emotional well-being
    • May 2019
      Easy tips for calming anxiety. Plus, Warning signs of suicidal behavior | The impact of childhood trauma | Benefits of team sports and much more!
    • April 2019
      Orange County funds suicide-prevention program. Plus, Helping teens face college rejections | Weathering emotional storms | Supporting kids after a tragedy | Coping with depression
    • March 2019
      Teens say depression is bigger problem than drugs. Plus, New hope for cyberbullying victims | Surviving teen years | Books to help your child’s anxiety | Steps to muscle relaxation benefits
    • February 2019
      Tips for preparing your teen for a healthy relationship. Plus, Depression among girls | Encouraging self-acceptance | Ways to engage in positive self-talk
    • January 2019
      How your family can make – and keep – new year’s resolutions. Plus, Increase in gun related suicides | Is social media a cause for concern? | How to help your teen quit vaping