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!

The No BS Guide to Protecting Your Emotional Space

Art Credit: Pichamon Chamroenrak By Jennifer Chesak How to build your own personal and emotional space Our personal boundaries aren’t as obvious as a fence or a giant “no trespassing” sign, unfortunately. They’re more like invisible bubbles. Even though personal boundaries can be challenging to navigate, setting and communicating them is essential for our health,

The Best Depression Apps of 2018

We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people living with depression. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at If you’re living with depression, there are a variety of treatment options available to improve your mood and quality of life, from psychotherapy

By | 2019-01-08T13:44:10-08:00 January 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Ways to Outsmart End of Year Anxiety

By Reina Gattuso The lights glow, the champagne fizzes, and the crowds gather to wish goodbye to a year well-spent, while ushering in the new. You should be happy, right? After all, it’s a celebration! As it turns out, while New Year’s Eve is billed as the ultimate carefree holiday, it’s actually a catalyst of anxiety for

By | 2018-12-28T12:58:21-08:00 December 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The 6 Habits Mentally Fit People Practice

By Ladan Nikravan Hayes Physical fitness gets a lot of attention, and for good reason — good physical health can prevent conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, and help you maintain a long, independent life. But often neglected is mental fitness — having a healthy and strong mind to allow you to handle the

By | 2018-12-26T14:39:15-08:00 December 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Understanding OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Behavior) in Youth

This animated content is aimed to be used by kids so as to help them better understand an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) diagnosis, or if they are worried about troubling brain thoughts. It was originally posted on You can view the original post here. If you are a parent or caregiver looking for

By | 2018-12-18T15:45:37-08:00 December 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Video Message for Kids Struggling With Anxiety & a Post About Bravery

How To Be Brave – A Video for Kids (Or their support crew) Posted by Karen Young from Hey Sigmund To watch the video please visit this link: All the courage you need is already in you, but it doesn’t always feel that way! Here’s how to find your ‘brave’ and how to use it.

By | 2018-12-14T13:44:39-08:00 December 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Find Calm and Courage During Anxiety – What all Parents Need to Know

By Karen Young Anxiety in children and teens can make everyone feel helpless. It can come from anywhere and nowhere, and often it makes no sense at all. This is because anxiety is a primitive, instinctive response, not a rational one. Anxiety is driven by a strong, beautiful, healthy brain that is doing exactly what brains are meant

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