Is Your Bright Child Struggling with Mental Health?
If so, the Mental Health SOS workshop series with the top experts can help! Give your bright and quirky child the tools to ease the struggle and empower resilience, well-being and joy.
The Mental Health SOS Workshop Series is Right for Parents of Bright Kids with ADHD, Learning Differences Like Dyslexia, Anxiety, Moodiness and/or on the Autistic Spectrum. Did you know...
40% of parents report being very worried that their child is struggling with anxiety or depression
Nearly 1 out of every 3 teenagers in America reported that the state of their mental health was poor
2 out of every 5 teenagers felt persistently sad or hopeless
Bright & Quirky kids are especially sensitive to mental health issues
Why is mental health the key issue of this generation of young people? A combination of factors are at the root:
There is a complex convergence of issues at the root of today's youth mental health crisis:
- The age of puberty is falling, bringing changes to kids before they have the emotional maturity to deal with it.
- Bright and quirky kids tend to be highly sensitive, and feel overwhelmed by the onslaught of media input.
- Feeling sad and seeing others online who look like they're having fun, can make kids feel left out.
- Spending less IRL (in real life) time with others can lead to loneliness.
- When bright kids struggle academically, socially and/or emotionally, it can effect their self esteem.
Empower Your Child with Tools for Resilience and Well-Being
These Top Experts Will Show You How
Week 1 Masterclass: What to Know and Do About Bright Kids with Depression
Depression in kids and teens is at epidemic levels so we need to learn how to navigate it, to prevent future occurrences and heal from current mental health challenges. In this enlightening talk, learn how to spot warning signs and get assessment, which professionals to connect with, gold standard treatment options, how to bolster protective factors, ways to reduce risk and stressors including existential depression, and ideas to create greater meaning, purpose, and connection for your child.
Friday November 3, 1pm ET/10am PT
Dan Peters, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Executive Director of the Summit Center
Week 2 Masterclass: Well if You’re SO Smart, How Come You’re Anxious?
It certainly seems that bright kids are highly sensitive and more likely to be anxious, but do the data back that up? And if so, how do we help our anxious neurodivergent kids? This presentation will unpack the psychology and neuroscience behind anxiety and detail how anxiety manifests differently in the bright brain. Additionally, this presentation will draw on Dr. Zakreski’s years of clinical (and, ahem, personal) experience of managing anxiety to deliver practical and accessible strategies that will help kids and families live less anxious lives.
Thursday, November 9, 1pm ET/10am PT
Matt Zakreski, PsyD, Psychologist specialising in bright kids with mental health challenges
Week 3 Masterclass: When Bright, Neurodivergent Kids Have Thoughts of Suicide or Self Harm
There's a mental health epidemic right now and it is important to know why some bright, neurodivergent kids wrestle with thoughts of suicide or self-harm. We’ll chat about the mix of intense sensitivities, outside pressures, and inner conflicts these kids often face, and bust some myths along the way. It's not just about being smart, and they can’t just "shake it off." Together, we’ll unpack strategies and resources to give you the tools you need to support your kids through these rough patches.
Friday November 17, 1pm ET/10am PT
Emily Kircher-Morris, MEd, LPC, Therapist and host of the Neurodiversity Podcast
Week 4 Masterclass: What to Do When a Bright Child has Anxiety, Stress AND Burnout?
When a bright child has anxiety, stress and burnout all at the same time, it's hard to know what to do. Teachers and professionals may be telling you to encourage your child to face their fears, however this may seem to backfire. At the same time, other professionals may be encouraging you to have your child rest and heal from burnout, which seems like the opposite thing to do. Join Melanie Hayes to tease apart these related conditions and learn best practices to help your child live a life of joy and resilience, while understanding and experimenting with what works best for their unique brain.
Friday December 1, 1pm ET/10am PT
Melanie Hayes, EdD, LMFT, Author of Being Twice Exceptional and Founder of Big Minds Unschool
BONUS 1: The Perfectionism Bundle
If your child struggles with perfectionism, as many bright kids do, these talks can help.
Pobody’s Nerfect: Perfectionism and Anxiety in Bright & Quirky Learners
Emily Kircher-Morris, MEd, LPC
Perfectionism: How to Manage 'Never Good Enough' in Bright & Quirky Kids
Lisa Van Gemert
BONUS 2: The Anxiety Bundle
Experience aha moments with some of our best experts on anxiety and related conditions.
Reduce Your Child's Anxiety or OCD: The New SPACE Program for Parents of Anxious or Worried Kids
Eli Lebowitz, PhD
Overcoming Post-Pandemic Anxiety & Social Anxiety
Sharon Saline, PsyD
Back-to-School Coping Skills for Bright Kids who Worry about School
Janine Halloran, LMHC
Overcoming Picky Eating and Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
Jennifer Thomas, PhD
BONUS 3: The Emotional Regulation Bundle
If anger or yelling is an issue at home, these are must-watch talks.
Transform Anger and Yelling into Peace
Laura Markham, PhD
How to Help Your Sensitive Child Self-Regulate When Upset
Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, LMFT
BONUS 4: The Complex Kids, Trauma & Compassion Bundle
When bright and quirky kids hit a rough patch or even trauma, these talks can help.
Dare to Dream, Better Days Are Coming!
Parenting Complex Kids in Complex Times: Using Small Wins to Make Big Progress
Debbie Reber, MA and Seth Perler MEd
Ease the Struggle of Raising a Neurodiverse Child through the Remarkable Practice of Self-Compassion
Kristin Neff, PhD
When Kids Get Traumatized at School
Melanie Hayes, EdD
Mental Health SOS is an Exclusive Benefit of the Idealab,
Bright & Quirky's Parent Learning Community
Join the Idealab for:
The Mental Health SOS Series
A month dedicated to giving you the tools to ease the struggle and empower resilience, well-being and joy for your bright and quirky child
Live Expert Masterclasses
With the top psychologists and educators in bright and quirky kids
The Possibility Plan Digital Course
Learn the proven, science-based Bright & Quirky method in 7 easy steps to make significant progress on your child's neurodivergent journey.
The #1 Video Library on Raising Bright, Neurodivergent Kids
Access to 300+ videos from top experts like Barry Prizant, PhD; Ned Hallowell, MD; and Mona Delahooke, PhD.
Ongoing Expert Q&A, Office Hours and Coaching
Monthly live Q&A, office hours and coaching with world class experts in bright and quirky kids
High-Touch Community Support
Members-only community group with masters and PhD level specialized coaching and virtual Coffee & Connection sessions on various hot topics, for validation and support
Bright & Quirky Idealab Membership
$67 per month, cancel anytime
By the end of the Mental Health SOS Workshop Series you will...
Learn practical strategies to handle anxiety, OCD, depression, and ARFID
Gain knowledge and tools to support bright kids through rough patches with mental health
Discern between anxiety, stress and burnout, and learn best practices
Calm perfectionistic tendencies and moodiness in bright kids and teens
Help is on the way!
We’re teaming up with some of the best experts in bright and quirky kids and teens, and bringing you a month dedicated to relief from mental health challenges, including some of the most helpful quick wins and supports we’ve found!
Your uniquely wired child deserves to feel happy, resilient and joyful. Let's give them the tools to have greater peace of mind, confidence and well-being.
When you sign up you get...
Powerful Live Masterclasses with Q&A
Learn from the best experts
in bright and quirky kids
Virtual Coffee & Connections
Connect with other like-minded parents,
mentor moms and coaches
Apply the learning to your child
and family immediately
School Advocacy Toolkit
This excellent guide will help you
effectively advocate to reduce stressors
for your child in school.
What Parents Have to Say About Learning with Bright & Quirky
I have learned more from these sessions than I have from any neuropsychologist, pediatrician, educator or counselor. I am grateful for all of the professionals who shared their knowledge and passion for these children.
These sessions were so helpful and informative for both clinicians and parents. I really enjoyed the selection of speakers and even though I have been a mental health practitioner for 30 years, I learned many new concepts.
I love the warmth and positive thinking throughout all the talks. The speakers are so inspirational and insightful. It's reassuring to know you're not alone through this challenging parenting journey.
We were in a place of confusion and hopelessness when it came to helping our 2e son. B&Q gave us the right education and tools to change our home life for the better. It is so empowering to know that you can educate yourself and improve your family's situation.
So much content in one place that is difficult to find elsewhere, and a unique viewpoint. Better explanation of how to parent our unique child than we have seen despite years of parenting books, parent coaching/therapy classes. The approach makes sense to us in light of our experience with our B&Q child and what has and has not worked in the past.
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If you’re unsatisfied with the Bright & Quirky IdeaLab for any reason during your first 14 days, let us know to receive a full refund. After 14 days, you can cancel your membership anytime.
Frequently Asked Questions
MEET YOUR HOST
Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Bright & Quirky, specializes in helping bright kids and families thrive beyond struggles related to ADHD, autism, dyslexia, anxiety and more. She hosts the Bright & Quirky Child Online Summit, which attracts over 25,000 families each year, and the Bright & Quirky IdeaLab parent learning community, with over 1,000 members. She earned her BA at Middlebury College and MA in Child, Couple and Family Therapy at Antioch University. She raised two bright and quirky boys and lives near Seattle.