Understatement of the year: parenting while struggling with your own mental health is challenging.
only the need-to-knows for parenting kids through mental health and puberty
Kenzie Butera Davis
In my early-to-late teen years, I was raped and experienced sexual trauma and harassment that required an immense amount of work to begin to heal once I was in college. I began engaging with the women’s center and the Gender Studies program my Freshman year which led to opportunities to volunteer with local women and children’s advocacy groups and direct service organizations. This gave me life. Surrounded by women I deeply admired — doing work that helped me heal in the process.
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared a national state of emergency in child and adolescent mental health. This crisis reflects a lack of education about children’s mental health, and a lack of resources to help kids get the support they need.