Growing up can be stressful and all children experience stress at some point in their lives. In today's fast-paced, social media-driven, high-pressured culture, teens are reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety than ever before. The videos and articles below are provided in order to help parents understand what is trending nationally and in the South Bay, and how we can help your kids understand and manage their levels of stress and anxiety. 

Families Connected Resources 

Families Connected videos

Mira Costa High School and Redondo Union High School teens share what stresses them out, how they cope, and how parents can help. 

Watch the Families Connected Speaker Series event, "Recognizing and Responding to Teen Stressors and Pressures," a panel discussion.

Tips and tools from Anna Pirkl, M.A., MFT., on ways to help our kids reduce their levels of stress and anxiety

Our parent and expert blogs on teens and stress

Leah Niehaus

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Recommended resource

Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The Angst website is also an outstanding source of information. Click on the links below to visit the following pages:

A  comprehensive list of helpful websites

A gallery of helpful apps

Helpful videos


Recommended videos featuring Denise Pope of Challenge Success

Informative guides

Audio resources for stress relief

Please keep in mind that mindfulness techniques are meant to be used in conjunction with, not as a substitution for, services offered by trained health professionals.

Apps and videos to share with your kids

  • Calm: Need a little more calm in your life? Now available for iPhone or on, Calm can help you meditate, sleep, relax, focus and much more.

  • Mental Workout®: Freedom from Stress and Mindfulness Meditation are just two of the great free lite programs in this app.

  • Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.

  • Stop, Breathe, Think: Get meditating in 5 minutes. Easy. With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK.