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Worried About My Younger Kid

February 17, 2022

Worried About My Younger Kid
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The US Surgeon General just sounded the alarm: we’re in a mental health crisis when it comes to our kids. How do you know if your younger kid or adolescent is doing okay, even if everything seems fine? Jordan Friedman talks with Scott Bloom, a...

The US Surgeon General just sounded the alarm: we’re in a mental health crisis when it comes to our younger kids and adolescents. How do you know if your child is really okay, even if everything seems fine? Jordan Friedman talks with Scott Bloom, a psychotherapist and expert in mental health initiatives, about how and when to talk with your children about their mental health. Then, it’s time for a nap chat and a free resource to help you take a good one.

Also listen to episode 11: Worried About My College Kid.

Listen to this episode if you want to know:

  • The signs that tell you to check in with your child about their mental health
  • Ways to start a conversation about mental health, even if it’s a brief one
  • Words to use when self-harm or suicide is a concern
  • When and how to bring up counseling
  • The joys and pitfalls of naps, and how to take a quality one

About Scott Bllom + Contact Info

Scott Bloom, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist who has spent his 31-year career at the intersection of mental health, communities, and schools working to improve access to social-emotional services and resources by integrating programs and creating opportunities for children and youth to overcome emotional and behavioral barriers to healthy and successful lives.   

Scott was the founding Director of School Mental Health Services for the New York City Department of Education for the past 15 years, implementing mental health initiatives building on a city-wide system of mental health services and resources in over 1,800 city schools. He received his master’s degree at NYU Graduate School of Social Work where he was an Adjunct Associate Professor for 20 years. He serves on the advisory boards for city, state, and national mental health initiatives around the country.  He has contributed to journals, magazines, books, and has presented at national conferences and organizations.

Scott is currently the Director of Special Projects and Initiatives for the New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center. 

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New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (for New York residents)

Mental Health Resources

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 800-273-HELP (8255)

Crisis Text Line (US & Canada): Text HOME to 741741

SAMHSA National Healpline (for anyone concerned about mental health and substance abuse in themselves, relatives, friends, etc.): 800-662-HELP (4357)

Worldwide Suicide Prevention Hotline (lists resources by country)

The Chill Factory App

Chill between episodes with The Chill Factory app, your calming companion to The Chill Factory podcast. It’s like a ‘spa in your pocket’ with hundreds of relaxing audio tracks, sleep enhancers, mindfulness guides, wellness reminders and much more updated daily. Download The Chill Factory app from the App Store or Google Play and use the password naptime for free access to all the app's features through 2/17/23 (offer good for the first 100 takers).

Quick Calm Video Workshop

Get ready for the year with fast-acting ways to get focused, boost your mood, feel less overwhelmed and fall asleep easier. The Chill Factory host Jordan Friedman's Quick Calm self-paced video workshop does exactly this by teaching you 10 data-driven stress and anxiety reduction techniques that he's been teaching his stressed audiences for years. Learn more at quickcalm.net.

About Host Jordan Friedman

Jordan is known as The Stress Coach, a career path that likely started when one of the world’s largest brain tumors was discovered in his head at age 10. The resulting, nonstop stress continued through college until he reluctantly enrolled in a stress management class that led to much less stress, a degree in public health, a job as Columbia University’s health education director and now a career as a global stress management speaker, trainer and author. For 25 years, Jordan's been privileged to help and learn from 9/11 survivors, teachers, CEOs, police officers, incarcerated adults, students and lots of other stressed people who want to be more successful, get better grades, sleep easier and be healthier.

In 2004, Jordan founded The Stress Coach to provide innovative workshops, multimedia webinars, chill apps, online courses and more stress-relief opportunities. The Chill Factory podcast is Jordan's latest effort to bring stress relief and better health to the world.