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Using Lanyard as a Therapeutic Tool for Comfort


I find it useful during my work day to keep close those things that remind me of God and hope. Sometimes all we need is something to recharge us. Children and adolescents who suffer from depression or anxiety tend to benefit most from daily reminders. I have kids use a lanyard, ID-size paper or cardboard and individualize it to their liking. Here's what you’ll need:

  1. 1Lanyard (found at your nearest Walmart, Target, of Office Max)
  2. 1 ID-sized cut out paper or cardboard
  3. Hole punch
  4. Crayons, markers, glitter, glue, or any type of art supplies


The end result will look like the following:

Lanyard

These can also be used as a “safety plan.” If you know someone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts (ideation), here are a few example questions to think about from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. In my therapy sessions with youngsters, I often have them list the following:

  1. Three warning signs that they are getting depressed, anxious, or feeling suicidal
  2. Three things they can do to cope or distract themselves
  3. Two people they can contact for help

I hope this can be useful to you or someone you know.

I wish you all the best!

Támara Hill, MS, LPC-BE
Child and Adolescent Therapist
Pennsylvania