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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

I Don’t Know How to Handle Holiday Stress

Holidays are often associated with joy and excitement, but they can be stressful, overwhelming, and challenging for parents and families. For some, holidays bring up feelings of grief, isolation, disappointment, and sadness. The holiday season can quickly bring increased stress and anxiety, and handling these emotions and navigating this period can be challenging for both parents and children.

Parents, join us for this panel-style webinar, where we will discuss:

  • Common challenges parents and caregivers face during the holidays
  • Stress youth and teens encounter during the holidays
  • Tips for maintaining good mental health through the holiday season

Funding for this series is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Meet the Speakers

Whitney J. Raglin Bignall, Ph.D., is the associate clinical director of The On Our Sleeves Movement For Children's Mental Health and a pediatric psychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. Before joining the On Our Sleeves team, Raglin Bignall worked at a primary care center that served a primarily low-income and racially diverse community. She implemented a program to help enhance parenting skills for raising young children. She built partnerships with community organizations, primary care offices, and neighborhood schools. Raglin Bignall was named to the Who's Who in Black Columbus list in 2019 and is a 40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health award winner of the National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus.

Lanee Higgins is a senior content writer/editor at Mental Health America’s national office. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hood College and holds a current highly qualified Maryland educator certification. Previously, Higgins was a middle and high school English language arts and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) educator in Baltimore County (Maryland) and District of Columbia Public Schools. Her advocacy and passion have led to changes on a classroom, schoolwide, and district level, and to quote a former principal, “helped inspire hundreds of students to find their voices.” Her writing has been featured in Blavity, The Educator’s Room, and several other digital platforms. Higgins is a passionate mental health advocate who believes that meaningful storytelling has the power to change lives.

Sharon Almeida, MSN-L, RN., is a registered nurse and the chief executive officer for Banner Rehabilitation Hospital – West, located in Peoria, AZ. Sharon has worked in various leadership capacities, but some of her most memorable moments have been working in the front-line cardiac care unit as a registered nurse. Sharon has gained national recognition within Select Medical as 2021 CEO of the Year for the inpatient rehabilitation division, and her team and hospital have won numerous awards over the years, most notably the hospital of excellence award, two years in a row. Sharon is passionate about team building, and leading a team that values each other’s strengths.