Families & Health

Emotional Wellness

There’s more to being healthy than eating right and exercise. Emotional well being is also an important factor in your overall health. Let our experts guide you to emotional wellness and give you resources for better overall well being.

Handling your child’s school anxiety

school-scared-1 Stomachaches, headaches, trouble sleeping or statements like “school is just sooo stupid”- all can be protests from your child about going to school. Parents often find these complaints and resistance to school frustrating, as it is difficult to see one’s child so upset. Jane Riffe, WVU Extension Family Specialist, provides some guidelines for parents in dealing with your child's school anxiety.

Parents’ guide for back-to-school

back to school The beginning of school means changes from the “free-flowing” days of summer to regular daily routines. Though these August to September changes are predictable, the transition can be rough for adults and children, especially young children. Here are some tips to help boost your children's attitude, confidence, and school performance.


Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to beat the winter blues

SAD Feeling down? Is this bluesy feeling something that you experience every winter?
Like many Americans, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, appropriately known as SAD.

Seasonal affective disorder (seasonal depression) is a mood disorder that happens every year at the same time, usually in winter. Some people with SAD experience very mild symptoms and feel “out of sorts” or irritable. Others have debilitating symptoms that interfere with relationships and productivity. Learn more...