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 featuring teens and experts
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
Glimpse, by Leah Niehaus, LCSW
Things I Wish I Knew: Helping Your Highly Sensitive Teen, by a M.B, Mom
Embrace the Pause: How We Parents Can Reduce Stress in Our Students' Lives, by Dr. Nicole Wesley
Let's Stop the College (March) Madness, by Helen Codron, M.Ed.
Related topics on the Families Connected website
Our Curated Gallery of National Resources
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Why Are More American Teens Suffering From Severe Anxiety? (Photo at left and article in the New York Times)
American Teens Are Even More Stressed Than Adults (Huffington Post)
All Stress Is Not Distress (Challenge Success)
6 Reasons Your Teen's Life is More Stressful Than Your Own (The Washington Post)
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:
Recommended videos featuring Denise Pope of Challenge Success
Helping kids cope with stress (Kids Health from Nemours)
Teens Talk About stress (Teen Health from Nemours)
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
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.