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Parenting Concerns

Our Epidemic of Loneliness: Recommendations for Parents and Caregivers

On May 3, 2023, The United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Advisory calling attention to the public health crisis of loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection in our country.

Autism: Making the Transition to College, feat. Chris Keary, MD

Starting college for the first time can be a big deal for all kids, but for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder there’s even more to consider for making it a smooth transition. As parents, how do we provide the best support? How involved should we be?

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Programs and Services

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at MGH (“The Clay Center”) mission is to promote well-being by providing mental health education to aide in the prevention, reduction and de-stigmatization of mental illness in young people.

How Should We Respond to Anxiety in Our Kids? feat. Kevin Simon, MD

Anxiety. Unhealthy levels are rising in our kids and teens. What can we do to help them? On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple, Gene and Khadijah are joined by very special guest Dr. Kevin Simon, the first Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the City of Boston, to help make sense of it all.


Storm Anxiety: 11 Tips to Help Your Child Cope

Anxiety is a normal and protective way we humans have evolved to protect ourselves. But with the increasing number and severity of storms, it may feel as if our anxiety – and that of our children – is being fueled more than usual. Storm anxiety is on the rise.

Dr. Chester Pierce: Reflections on my Treasured Mentor

Center for the History of Medicine (Countway Library) (repository) and Perspectives of Change: The Story of Civil Rights, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access to Education at HMS and HSDM, “Oral history and a transcript for an interview with Chester Pierce, Perspectives of Change,” OnView: Di

Dr. Gene and Dr. Khadijah Answer Your Questions – Shrinking It Down

From challenges with hair pulling to supporting a child through a regression in toilet training, Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins answer real parent questions in this episode.

Our Next Podcast Special Guest Is…YOU – Send Us Your Questions!

We’re kicking off 2023 with a special episode of Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple featuring *you* our listeners. What questions do you have about the mental health of a child or teen in your life?

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How to Support Youth Athletes When a Sports Injury Derails Their Season

Agony. Fear. Uncertainty. A loss of what could have been…

These are just a few psychological hallmarks of an injured athlete’s experience.

Supporting Youth Following the Colorado Springs Shooting

Another shooting. Another hate crime.

Our hearts go out to the survivors and the families and friends of those who are tragically lost.

We have surpassed 600 mass shootings this year. And sadly marginalized groups, including those who identify as LGBTQ are often the targets.