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Family Mental Health Around the Web, Issue #4

I have two very fine resources for you this week.  One is for talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, another helps learn about coping skills and the human brain.  These are pretty interesting, so I hope you enjoy them.Time To Talk

The Partnership for a Drug Free America has a site for families called It focuses on tools and information for parents when they talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol. You can sign up for a “Talk Kit”, which requires just your name and email to access some easy multimedia resources. The talk kit includes a drug guide for parents, tips for helping teens reduce stress safely, and even a podcast series with drug and alcohol experts. It’s all easy to read and easy to navigate, something I notice and critique regularly with these online resources. You can check out the sidebar to read more about the corporate sponsors, recent press releases, and comments from parents. But I’d say by far the most useful thing here is the talk kit. Comprehensive and chock full of info in a variety of formats.

Coping Skills For Kids

I have to thank a reader, R Brill, for giving me this resource on last week’s Around the Web post. What a fascinating concept — a whole website about the “coping brain”. does more than think and control our heartbeat all day long. This site offers descriptions about so many ways we all cope including anger, revenge, survival instinct, emotions, and all sorts of other things.  There’s even a section on “Amazing Brain Facts”.  This isn’t a skimpy list, either. Twenty very interesting things about the human brain, most of which I can’t really say I knew before reading the list (including a few that creep me out a little).

Another captivating section: Pain In My Brain — 4 Core Wounding Experiences. It goes into deeper explanations about how loss, rejection, betrayal, and humiliation can wound us and why we need our coping brain to help us.  Final point of interest I’ll mention here — Ways That Our Brain Confuses and Fools Us. All in all, a brilliant perspective on how our brain works and how important our coping skills are to everyone.

More Family Resources Next Week

Thanks again to my reader, R Brill, for sharing a great resource with me. I’m glad to pass them along.  Anyone have something for next week??

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Family Mental Health Around the Web, Issue #4

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2010). Family Mental Health Around the Web, Issue #4. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 25, 2020, from


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