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Mental Health

NAMI Basics Introduces Caregivers to Care Techniques and Coping Strategies

NAMI Basics Parent Leaders

Victoria Dekoatz is a Project Assistant for the McLean Franciscan Inpatient Mental Health program. If you have questions about the program, please call 617-254-3800 or email us at info@franciscanchildrens.org. To contact the 24-hour referral line for the program, please call 800-333-0338. Franciscan Children’s recently partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to host a free 6… Continue Reading

Mental Health

Pokémon Go: Tips for Parents

Pokemon Go Characters at Franciscan Children's

Has Pokémon Go captured your family’s hearts (and screens) yet? If it hasn’t, you’ve likely heard all about the new augmented-reality gaming app that has quickly become a big part of popular culture. So, what does this virtual phenomenon mean for parents? We’ve compiled a few tips to help you navigate this new Pokémon world.

Mental Health

Extending the Conversation on Pediatric Mental Health

Attendees from the recent PPAL training at Franciscan Children’s

The Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) has given a voice to families and advocated for improved access to mental health services for children, youth and their families since 1991. Recently, Franciscan Children’s had the opportunity to host a PPAL training session focused on Family Engagement, designed to further the conversation and advocacy efforts to improve the quality of care available.

Mental Health Support Services

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of a variety of mental health issues, and has been incorporated into a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches. In mindfulness practice we do our best to “be with” whatever is happening in an aware and self-loving way, often with a focus on present moment body sensations, thoughts, and emotions.