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Resources for Children

Below you will find information about how to help your child understand the importance of their mental health and guidance on helping them learn to talk about their feelings. We encourage you to explore these and to connect with your state or local National Federation of Families affiliate if you need support, information or resources or are concerned that your child/youth may be struggling. 

Articles and Tips for Parents

How to Talk about Mental Health with Your Kids - Today's Parent

How to Talk to Your Kids about Their Mental Health - NBC News

Talking To Kids About Mental Illnesses - AACAP

Sesame Street in Communities: Exploring Emotions - Feelings come in all shapes and sizes. When you help children express and understand their emotions, you’re helping them to overcome challenges, understand others, and communicate. In simple everyday ways, you can give them important tools that will help them handle big feelings, little ones, and every feeling in between.

Book Lists for Children and Youth

10 Books to Help Children Understand Mental Illness - Parent Co.

19 Must-Read Books to Help Kids Understand Their Emotional and Mental Health - Thrive Global

44 Children's Books about Mental Health - Child Mind Institute

Books for Children and Teens about Specific Diagnoses - NAMI

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