Today I’m trying something that I hope can become a regular feature. Sometimes, finding current news and resources on family mental health issues can be tough. I will gather a few goodies that I find, give you a brief introduction, and provide a link for you to check out the original source. Hopefully, you and I will gradually collect a wealth of good reading for us to refer to whenever we need it. Also, if you have a great resource or interesting article to share, let me know and I’ll try to include it if it seems appropriate. Here’s your first Around The Web summary.
Family Fun—Learning About Earth Science: The beauty of this list is that projects are complicated enough to virtually require some kind of parental help, thus making this a great family activity. Making a volcano, keeping track of weather, creating a model of water erosion, examining the heavens with a telescope—are you kidding me? Great stuff here. You’ll notice that the list also covers a wide range of skills and healthy things—physical fitness (taking a walk), writing (letter to alien), drawing and art (model, picture cards for weather). You don’t have to be a science geek to enjoy these activities. Truly learning and family interaction all wrapped up together.
This Emotional Life: A friend of mine told me about this series a few weeks ago. While I wasn’t able to catch a full episode, I have gone through a few of the videos on the PBS website. Celebrities, mental health professionals, and regular people all weigh in on various aspects of mental wellness and mental illness. Though I’ve yet to find full episodes online (might not be any), there are several short videos on different topics. Plus, there is a fair amount of written material and resources available. You might even see me feature individual videos in the future on the blog. For me, the videos worked better on Internet Explorer than on Firefox. You can purchase a 3-DVD collection of the full episodes. Please check out this amazing series.
I’d love to hear your feedback on these two resources. Try some of the projects listed in the first selection, comment about a video from the second selection. Also, let me know of other great websites or online videos you are aware of that promote healthy parenting, family relationships, and family mental health topics. Put your links or recommendations in the comment box, and I’ll check them out. Thanks!