Resilience when it matters most

mental health curriculum helps children in poverty navigate uncertainty

Children in poverty deal with fear and anxiety on a daily basis. The challenges they face — wondering if they will be safe on the walk home from school, or if they will be able to eat a meal later that night — make them particularly vulnerable to mental health struggles. Through programs like the resilience curriculum, children and youth learn awareness and calming techniques to help them feel more in control of their lives.

Solutions from the field

4 tips for managing anxiety from Children International Honduras

When the coronavirus pandemic hit Honduras in March, several staff members teamed up to make instructional videos about managing stress and anxiety. The idea was to share these with sponsored children, staff and social media followers. The videos went viral locally, with local news networks picking them up to help broader audiences.

  • Create a routine where you can do everyday tasks that keep your mind busy.
  • Limit your news intake. That’s right, you need to stay informed, but you don’t want to watch the news all day.
  • Don’t spread negative messages. You don’t know how other people might react to these.
  • Do something new! Read a book, play some board games with the people in your house, take time to meditate and connect with yourself.

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