"It is as if our kids turn thirteen and someone says, 'You got this' . . . Only that is entirely wrong." - Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington, authors of Grown & Flown - How to Support your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults
In this space we share advice, resources and information that reinforces that there is a place for everyone, and our kids (and we, their parents) are amazing just as they/we are.
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Suicide Prevention Resources
Before the pandemic suicide was the second leading cause of death among people ages 10-24 and has been increasing every year since 2007.
Articles about the epidemic of suicide:
Even before COVID-19 pandemic, youth suicide already at record high.
CDC saw 51% increase in suicide attempts by adolescent girls during pandemic
Suicide prevention is at the heart of our Gr8fully Me work. If you or someone you love is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255
We are proud to partner with and promote these organizations doing important work in this area:
211 is the best source of up to date, relevant information.
Please also check out these local partners for additional resources:
The Agony of Social Distancing for Adolescents - by Lydia Denworth
The Funniest and Most Talented Family on the Internet - (to provide levity and laughter in an otherwise sad time)
Anxiety & Coping with the Coronavirus - Managing worry, your kids' and your own - Child Mind Institute
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The College Search and COVID-19 with Jeff Selingo Webinar (Part 1)
College Admissions and the Coronavirus with Jeff Selingo Webinar (Part 2)
10 Tips for Parents on Sheltering in Place without Losing Your Mind - Julie Lythcott-Haims
Campus Reel - A great site for virtual tours and inside information about thousands of colleges and universities