Common Sense Media is a one stop website for all concerns related to the difficulties of the digital world. Some of the useful aspects of this site include:
About the Bully Project:
"The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film BULLY. We’ve sparked a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. The power of our work lies in the participation of individuals like you and the remarkable list of partners we’ve gathered who collectively work to create safe, caring, and respectful schools and communities. Our goal is to reach 10 million kids or more, causing a tipping point that ends bullying in America."
The movie itself (“Bully”, 2012) is a wonderful film for children or parents. Rent it or buy it from a wide variety of sources and watch it as a family! The website has a wide variety of resources that can be used to enhance the film or provide discussion after viewing.
This website includes:
What is it?
“We educate communities about teen depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and empower teens to take charge of their mental health.”
Erika’s Lighthouse is a great resource for kids and parents alike. It focuses on demystifying depression in order to help communities work together to combat it. In particular, the parent handbook (link below to the full free text)on depression is easy to read and gives a ton of great information and ideas on how to help children.
Erika's Lighthouse - Parent Handbook
Empowering Parents is a wonderful resource for finding articles answering common questions surrounding teen/pre-teen issues that are free, easy to access and are incredibly helpful. In particular, the section on “expert articles” can be broken down specifically by age group and category. These articles focus on a wide variety of topics such as motivation, consequences/rewards, time management and drug usage. Also be sure to check out the “behavior charts” section!
SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR KIDS/TEENS IN THE BAY AREA FOR LITTLE/NO COST
Check out this website for a list of enrichment camps for kids and teens that are little to no cost!!! Does your child love science projects? See what the bay area has to offer.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION ON BULLYING
Parents, talk to your children frequently regarding bully behaviors and how to deal with bullies. The following are websites that can help guide your conversations with your children regarding bullies.
PARENTS, PREVENT YOUR TEEN FROM USING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Drug and Alcohol Prevention
Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Adolescents
Drug and alcohol use or experimentation by a teenager or preteen is serious and must be addressed. If you suspect your child is using or has used substances, including pain killers or other prescription drugs, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, speed, houka pens, alcohol or any other drug, do not ignore it. Please see the community resources link on the counseling page for outside drug/alcohol treatment and intervention programs in our area.
RESOURCES FOR ADOLESCENTS AND FAMILIES
Mental Health Resources
A Step Forward
2827 Concord Blvd, Concord
Child sexual abuse treatment/counseling services for victims and youth perpetrators
Community Counseling Center
JFK University, 380 Civic Dr Suite 200, Pleasant Hill
Child, Family, Individual Counseling at low fee/sliding scale fees.
Contra Costa Crisis Center
Resources and information for individuals/families facing crisis including homelessness.
Hospice of the East Bay (Grief Services)
3470 Buskirk Ave
1333 Willow Pass Road
Individual, Family, and Group Therapy, Behavioral Consulting Services, Neurobehavioral Evaluation Services, Partial Hospitalization Program (if at risk for hospitalization, or for post-hospitalization support).
Services available in many languages.
Approved for CFS and Juvenile Probation.
MediCal Mental Health Services (get authorization)
Families with Medi-Cal can call to get authorization for appointment with private practice therapist/agency or psychiatrist.
New Leaf Treatment Center for Drug/Alcohol/Mental Health
251 Lafayette Circle, Suite 150, Lafayette, CA 94549
Northern California Family Center
2244 Pacheco Blvd
Counseling services on a sliding scale and CCHP accepted.
Touchstone Counseling Services
140 Mayhew Way Suite 606
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Child, Family, Couples, Individual counseling.
Many insurance plans accepted including Medi-Cal, Calworks, VOC, and sliding scale fees.
Victim Witness Assistance Program
900 Ward St. #1
Martinez, CA 94553
Advocacy for victims of crime