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Tykes & Teens 2022 “Mental Health Matters – Building Resilience” Video Series

Each 15- to 30-minute video segment features conversations with leading mental health experts, educators, community organization and students discussing practical tips, tools and resources to effectively navigate and cope with mental health-related challenges by building resilience.

“As we continue facing the devastating impacts COVID is having on our children and youth, providing high quality preventions services are more important than ever,” says Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services Dorothy Oppenheiser.  “Our goal with our ‘Mental Health Matters’ series is to provide parents and students with tips, tools and resources to build their capacity to help support those who are struggling to effectively navigate and build resilience during this challenging time.”

Thank you to the Children’s Services Council of Martin County for supporting this prevention programming.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SERIES

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“Feeling Anxious?  You’re Not Alone”

Overwhelmed, stressed and worried about going back to in-person school and activities?  How to best prepare, anxiety signs for parents and students to look for, and how to move forward with resiliency.

  • Alethia DuPont, Psy. D. – Tykes & Teens Director of Outpatient Services
  • Plus a teen perspective

Watch at https://bit.ly/FeelingAnxiousYouAreNotAlone

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“Depressed or Just Down?”

How do you support a student who is experiencing depression?  How do you know if you’re depressed or just down?  How do you know when to reach out for professional help?  Signs to look for and tools to create a resilient return.

  • Tamie Gilarski, LCSW, RPT-S – Tykes & Teens School Based Program Coordinator, Psychotherapist, Play Therapist Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor

Watch at https://bit.ly/DepressedOrDown

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“Creating Routines for Stability”

How to develop routines that create stability and resiliency as you return to in-person school and activities.  Tips to creating a path toward preparing to return to school.

  • Andrea Greenlee, LCSW – Tykes & Teens Director of School Based Services and Psychotherapist
  • Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
  • Hannah Greenlee – A “Changing Vibes, Changing Lives” Student Perspective

Watch at https://bit.ly/CreatingRoutinesForStability

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“Practical Steps for Students”

Following more than a year of crisis and uncertainty, we’ll provide practical steps from an educator’s perspective on how students can overcome the stress and anxiety of returning to in-person school.

  • Dorothy Oppenheiser – Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services
  • Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
  • Anthony Ferro – Jensen Beach High School Teacher

Watch at https://bit.ly/PracticalStepsForStudents

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“Enhancing Young Children and Family Resilience”

Tools for childcare staff and parents to support children ages 0 to 5 through day-to-day transitions and as start or return to school.  Tykes & Teens is the sole provider of Infant Mental Health Services and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation on the Treasure Coast.

  • Laura Girlando, LMHC – Tykes & Teens Director of Infant Mental Health
  • Elizabeth Appleton, IMH-E® – Tykes & Teens Director of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Watch at https://bit.ly/EnhancingYoungChildrenResilience

Our Mental Health Crisis, Removing the Stigma, and Breaking Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Care

Aired May 25, 2022 at 4:30 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

As we continue to #ShineALight on the importance of mental health during May Mental Health Awareness Month, this episode focuses on the current mental health crisis we are facing, removing the stigma often associated with seeking mental health care, and addressing and breaking barriers to access to care.

Speakers:

  • Dorothy Oppenheiser – Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services
  • Emily Sietter – NAMI Martin County (the National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Michelle Miller, C.P.M. – Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Human Services Administrator
  • Michelle Villwock, M.Ed., BCBA – Martin County School District Coordinator of Student Services and Virtual
  • Kate McCormick, LCSW, MCAP, QS (CSW & MHC) – Martin County School District Manager of Mental Health Services

Additional Resources

  • 211 Help Line – Connects you to expert, caring help. Every call is completely confidential. Call 211.
  • NAMI Martin County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – Mission is to support and encourage those who suffer from mental illness and their families in all areas of their lives, mentally, physically and spiritually.  Offer various groups, services and resources.
  • Martin County School District – Student Services

Social Media’s Impact on the Mental Health of Our Youth

Aired March 30, 2022 at 4:30 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

This episode of Mental Health Matters focuses on social media’s impact on the mental health of our youth.

There is a lot of scientific debate on the amount of time youth spend on social media. Is there an optimal or recommended amount of time for youth to spend on social media? How is social media impacting the mental wellbeing of youth in areas such as self image, depression, anxiety and cyberbullying? Is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) real? How do I help my child develop healthy social media habits? What resources are available to support parents and youth in developing a healthy balance of boundaries for usage?

  • Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, PsyD, CAP – Tykes & Teens Chief Clinical Officer

COVID’s Devastating Impact on Children’s Mental Health

Aired Feb. 23, 2022 at 4:30 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

This episode of Mental Health Matters focuses on the current mental health crisis, the devastating impact COVID is having on our children, families and community, and the need for a ‘whole-of-society’ collaborative approach.

Children today are experiencing unprecedented uncertainly, fear, anxiety, depression, abuse and neglect. According to the recently-released U.S. Surgeon General Advisory – Protecting Youth Mental Health – youth depressive and anxiety symptoms doubled during the pandemic, with 25% experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% anxiety. In early 2021, U.S. emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys compared to 2019. Reduced in-person interactions during the pandemic made it harder to recognize signs of child abuse and mental health concerns. The crisis in our local communities is just as staggering.

  • Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW – Tykes & Teens CEO
  • Brett A. Hall LCSW, MBA – Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County Executive Director

Additional Resources

Mental Health Matters – July/August 2021 Series – Returning with Resilience

There is no question COVID-19 has been a very long and devastating pandemic.  Despite the lifting of restrictions, vaccinations and returning to schools, the pandemic’s aftermath is continuing to have an impact on the mental health of our children, families, teachers, childcare providers and the community as a whole.  The need has never been greater to focus on mental health awareness and removing the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment.

To prepare parents and students for a mentally resilient return to school, Tykes & Teens launched a free video series.  “Mental Health Matters – Returning with Resilience” on Tykes & Teens Facebook channel @TykesTeens during July and August.  It features 15-minute video segments with leading mental health experts, educators and students that include conversations with practical tips, tools and resources to help parents and students navigate back into a routine and emerge from the pandemic with resilience.

Not on Facebook?  No worries.  We’ve posted each episode on this page!

View NBC WPTV Ch. 5 story “Treasure Coast mental health organization helps students readjust to classroom life; Tykes & Teens focuses on anxiety, depression, reestablishing routines”

Episode 1 – Coming Out of the Woods

July 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

What can we expect as we emerge from the pandemic and return to in-person school and activities?  There is hope!  Children are resilient!  Practical tips and resources to support your child coming out of the pandemic strong and in good mental health.  Plus local resources available in our community to support you.

  • Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW – Tykes & Teens CEO
  • Jay Biscanin, M.A., CBHCMS – Tykes & Teens Manager of Targeted Case Management, Certified Wraparound Coach and Facilitator, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Click Here to Watch Video

Episode 2 – “Feeling Anxious?  You’re Not Alone”

July 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

Overwhelmed, stressed and worried about going back to in-person school and activities?  How to best prepare, anxiety signs for parents and students to look for, and how to move forward with resiliency.

  • Alethia DuPont, Psy. D. – Tykes & Teens Director of Outpatient Services
  • A Teen Perspective

Click Here to Watch Video

Episode 3 – Depressed or Just Down?

July 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

  • Tamie Gilarski, LCSW, RPT-S – Tykes & Teens School Based Program Coordinator, Psychotherapist, Play Therapist Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor

How do you support a student who is experiencing depression?  How do you know if you’re depressed or just down?  How do you know when to reach out for professional help?  Signs to look for and tools to create a resilient return.

Click Here to Watch Video

Episode 4 – Creating Routines for Stability

Aug. 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

How to develop routines that create stability and resiliency as you return to in-person school and activities.  Tips to creating a path toward preparing to return to school.

  • Andrea Greenlee, LCSW – Tykes & Teens Director of School Based Services and Psychotherapist
  • Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
  • Hannah Greenlee – A “Changing Vibes, Changing Lives” Student Perspective

Click Here to Watch Video

Episode 5 – Practical Steps for Students

Aug. 11, 2021 at 1:0o pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

Following more than a year of crisis and uncertainty, we’ll provide practical steps from an educator’s perspective on how students can overcome the stress and anxiety of returning to in-person school.

  • Dorothy Oppenheiser – Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services
  • Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
  • Anthony Ferro – Jensen Beach High School Teacher

Click Here to Watch Video

Episode 6 – Enhancing Young Children & Family Resilience

Aug. 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm on Facebook @TykesTeens

Tools for childcare staff and parents to support children ages 0 to 5 through day-to-day transitions and as start or return to school.  Tykes & Teens is the sole provider of Infant Mental Health Services and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation on the Treasure Coast.

  • Elizabeth Appleton – Tykes & Teens Director of Childcare Mental Health Consultation
  • Laura Girlando, M.Ed., LMHC – Tykes & Teens Director of Infant Mental Health

Click Here to Watch Video

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Psychology Today Article

Seven Skills of Resilience:  Practical ways to enhance well-being in these trying times

Some of our favorite apps to support wellness:

  • WoeBot
  • Virtual Hope Box
  • Happify
  • Headspace
  • Mindshift
  • Aura
  • Insight timer
  • Tapping Solution
  • myStrength

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