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The Overwhelming Tragedy List

The Overwhelming Tragedy List

The world has always had difficult times. Thinking about the first half of the 20th century, for instance, we went from WWI to the 1918 flu pandemic to the Great Depression to WWII. That’s a lot.

The 24-hour News Cycle

Although families were obviously affected directly by the tragedies of the past, back then, if you weren’t affected directly, it was possible to compartmentalize them. Limiting your exposure was relatively simple: When you were done reading the newspaper, you were done getting the news. You could listen to the radio in the evening but be free of it the rest of the day. Even when television was ubiquitous starting in the 1960s, the news was for the most part limited to certain hours of the day: you could watch TV all the time, but your exposure to the news was still limited to the news shows. If you didn’t want your kids to be exposed, simply watching the 11PM news, after they went to bed, and not talking about the news in front of them took care of that problem.

Things aren’t so simple today, when we all, through our devices, are bombarded by the news 24/7. We literally can’t get away from it, and that includes our children. Once you give them a device, to a great extent you have given up any control you have over what they see. So they can watch ISIS behead a journalist or a police officer kill a Black man, or do research into how severe global climate change really is. As if that isn’t bad enough, there are all of the talking heads who so often appear on “news” shows and make things sound so much worse. It is easy for kids to get traumatized by these awful things, and there is very little you can do about it, short of taking your child’s phone away.

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Community Forum a Hit

Community Forum a Hit

Last month, Bishop Guertin High School hosted a community forum on mental health that was recorded on their YouTube channel. We were honored to partner with Bishop Guertin and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health on this project. Read more

Virtual Community Forum on Mental Health

Virtual Community Forum on Mental Health

Jeff Levin Coaching’s Reconnection Project Co-Hosting Virtual Event on Stress and Anxiety in Young People

Join a virtual community conversation about mental health and young people with The Reconnection Project, Bishop Guertin High School, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health on Thursday, August 6, 7–8:30 P.M., on Bishop Guertin’s YouTube Channel.

Entitled Community Conversation: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health in Young People Amid COVID-19, the event was developed by Jeff in partnership with D-H’s Senior Director of External Affairs and former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, who has spear-headed a powerful public awareness campaign around the steps people can take when they recognize that they or someone they care about is experiencing mental health challenges. Ryan Day, head football coach at Ohio State and a native of Manchester, recorded some remarks for this event, and Bishop Guertin High School, in Nashua, has graciously volunteered to virtually host it on their YouTube channel.

The virtual event, which will feature a panel of speakers and presenters with diverse backgrounds in areas such as counseling, education, coaching, and law enforcement, will address the scope and depth of the challenges that young people face daily regarding mental health, stress, and anxiety and provide solutions on what we adults can do to help them.

The first hour includes speakers and presenters, followed by a thirty-minute panel discussion to further the discussion on young people and mental health.

Speakers and Presenters:

  • John Broderick, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Jeff Levin, Life Coach, Founder of The Reconnection Project
  • Ryan Day, Head Football Coach, The Ohio State University
  • Ken Norton, Executive Director, NAMI New Hampshire
  • Chief Mike Carignan, Nashua Police Department
  • Students and other presenters.

Tune in to “Community Conversation: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health in Young People Amid COVID-19” on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 7–8:30 p.m. on the Bishop Guertin YouTube channel.

If you can’t join us on Thursday, the program will be available afterwards via YouTube link, which will be posted on this blog as soon as it’s available.

If you would like to host a forum in your community, don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Excessive Cell Phone Use and Mealtime Problems

Excessive Cell Phone Use and Mealtime Problems

We thought that this recent article in Contemporary Pediatrics on cell phone use and its effects on very young children would be of interest to our readers.

We cannot emphasize enough that you need to turn your phones off when you are with your children, even very young children. If they are older, have your children turn their phones off, too, when you are spending time together.

Once your phone is off, engage with your kids. Give them your full attention. Make eye contact. Have meals together—with everyone’s phone turned off. Be fully present; your child’s mental health depends on it.

One explanation of why young children react in this way to distracted parents is here. This subject has also come up in our first few podcast episodes.

The Reconnection Project Podcast!

The Reconnection Project Podcast!

Although it is a struggle to come up with many silver linings to COVID, one silver lining for us at Jeff Levin Coaching is it has given us time in the office to catch up on some things we have always wanted to do. One of those things is a podcast—we are happy to announce The Reconnection Project Podcast series. Read more