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Supporting Children/Youth During the Holidays in Times of Stress

National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

For many of us, the holiday times are an exciting and joyful period. But for families and communities in stressful situations, the holidays can be particularly challenging, evoking anxiety, feelings of loss, disappointment, and grief. This brief identifies some warning signs that children are experiencing stress and tips for educators and caregivers working with children experiencing stress. It also provides links to additional resources to help children coping with stress during the holidays.

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