Sleep. It’s a basic need for our brain but it’s one we often ignore. A tired brain doesn’t learn as well and a tired brain isn’t as mentally healthy. In fact, the cycle between sleep deprivation and mental illness is well-documented. Lack of sleep is a risk factor for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.…Read More
Cultivate…COPING by teaching your child proper deep breathing to interrupt flight or fight response
Ask your child to lie on his/her back. Ask your child to close her/his eyes and breathe normally while paying attention to all the parts of his/her body that move when she/he breathes. Ask him/her to place one hand on her/his upper chest and the other on his/her stomach. Tell your child to inhale through…Read More
Cultivate…SAFETY by sharing stories in a safe space!
Did you know that that there is a safe space for youth to discuss and share their stories about mental health and wellness? You Matter is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You Matter blog posts are…Read More
Cultivate…KNOWLEDGE by understanding the effects of marijuana on young brains!
Did you know that young people start using marijuana for many reasons? Some may use out of curiosity or peer pressure and some may use as means of coping with anxiety or depression. Despite whatever the reason may be, marijuana has negative effects on young developing brains. When marijuana is smoked, vaporized or consumed, the…Read More
Cultivate…COMMUNICATION by talking with your kids about substance use!
Research suggests that one of the most important factors in healthy child development is a strong, open relationship with a parent. It is important to start talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs before they are exposed to them. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Talk. They Hear You.” Underage Drinking…Read More
Cultivate…HOPE by playing ABC Planning.
Help your child build resilience by teaching them ABC Planning, a simple tool that is good for almost any age. When your child is planning for an important event, help them think through not only their Plan A, but also a Plan B and even a Plan C. Allow them to think through their own…Read More
Cultivate…COPING by teaching your child spaghetti body
While lying on their backs, ask your child to stiffen every part of their bodies, and be like spaghetti before it is cooked. Slowly count to 3. Then ask your child to completely relax while you slowly count to 3. Tell them to be like cooked spaghetti. This is a fun way to calm down…Read More
Cultivate…HOPE by becoming resilience-informed parents!
Welcome to the first post of the OKPTA’s Prevention and Safety Committee! Every day of the week we will work together to cultivate a different practice. Mondays we will focus on HOPE. We can’t think of a better way to start our journey together because there is HOPE for our children. We all know the…Read More