About Valerie

Valerie Hebert is the Coordinator for the Child, Youth & Family Liaison Team with NAMI San Diego. She is the team member with tech wizardry, artistic backbone and a Lived Experience mentor, and she loves the work she does!

Fight Off Seasonal Depression With These 7 Affordable Essentials

Prepare for SAD with a comfort kit. Here’s what’s in mine. Design by Pichamon Chamroenrak Health and wellness touch each of us differently. This is one person’s story. By Shelby Deering One of my earliest memories from childhood is of a feeling of deep sadness even as I looked out at the twinkling Christmas lights

By | 2018-11-14T16:51:58-08:00 November 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A Calmer Holiday Season and Invitation to the November CYFL PEP Self-Care Meeting

This article originally appeared on, and can be viewed here.  It sometimes feels like the holidays of the past were a quiet time for families to be together, maybe exchange a few small gifts, and share a nice meal. Today it seems the last two months of the year are a nonstop frenzy

By | 2018-11-08T13:05:53-08:00 November 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Supporting vs. Enabling

How to tell what's helping and what's not when a child has emotional or learning challenges By Julia Johnson Attaway Why do parents spoon-feed babies, but expect healthy fourth graders to feed themselves? Because babies aren’t able to do the task alone, but older kids can. One of the basic ways we distinguish support

OCD: From My Lived Experience – “I Will Never Go Back To That Dark Place”

This message originally appeared in a direct email from The Mighty featuring stories on OCD Awareness. To learn more about Kerry on her blog, click here. To join the conversation on the Mighty surrounding OCD, click here. To learn more about the Mighty, visit this link and you can subscribe to direct email

By | 2018-10-12T13:06:13-07:00 October 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied

What are the signs of bullying? When does the teasing become torment? Jamie Howard, PhD We are all aware that being bullied as a child is not a trivial thing. It not only causes acute suffering, it has been linked to long-term emotional problems, and children who lack strong parental support seem to encounter

By | 2018-10-03T15:21:18-07:00 October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Facebook Live Event: ACEs and Resiliency

This replay of the September episode of Facebook Live, presented by NAMI San Diego’s CYF Liaison team, is the online session of the CYFL Family & Youth Focus Group. Linda Ketterer, the Lead Trainer within the CYFL welcomes Dana Brown, who represents ACEs Connection. Together Linda and Dana present this month's focus topic

By | 2018-09-27T11:57:56-07:00 September 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

EN ESPAÑOL Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious By Caroline Miller A 10-year-old boy named James has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says to him, he pushes the other boy, and a shoving-match ensues. When the teacher steps in to break it up, James goes ballistic, throwing papers and

By | 2018-09-27T11:07:55-07:00 September 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Paper Chase: Managing Your Child’s Documents Under the IDEA

Here we are in a new school year. Parents of children with special needs are often as overwhelmed by the start of school as are their children. In an effort to provide parents with as much support as possible, we are publishing another article from The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam and Pete

Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do . . . and Not Do

It's that time at the beginning of the school year when parents and school administrators gear up for initial IEP meetings. Hopefully these tips will help families get as prepared as possible... What Parents Should Do 1. Prepare for Meetings You should treat the IEP meeting as if it is the first step towards a

Tratamiento del comportamiento para niños con ansiedad

Los niños aprenden a manejar al acosador en el cerebro. Jerry Bubrick, PhD uando un niño muestra señales de ansiedad, tendemos a pesar que se le pasará; ella es simplemente nerviosa o tímida, luego crecerá y se le pasará. Pero cuando la ansiedad se vuelve tan intensa que está seriamente interfiriendo con la vida

By | 2018-08-28T14:56:20-07:00 August 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments