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Reaching Out for a Helping Hand

As a parent, you want what is best for your children, and you will always put their needs before your own, but that can be difficult when you’re trying to manage your own “high levels of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression.”2

Preparing your Biological Child for a Foster or Adoptive Sibling

Bringing a new member into the family, whether through foster care or adoption, can be an adjustment for your children. Your child is most likely used to having his or her parents all to themselves. To help your child adapt to having a new family member, you can discuss their concerns and involve them in the foster/adoption process.

I Had A Black Dog…

Dealing with negative emotions is a learned exercise, one that needs to be practiced. The video “I had a black dog, his name was depression” allows children to learn about mental illness is an easy and low-stress setting.

Initial Tools For Reaching Out

As an adult, we want to look after our youth. We find it our duty to keep them safe and out of harms way. When that harm is not from an outside source, it’s hard to know when you need to reach out. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,1 “one in five young people ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness in their life.

7 Relief Strategies for Parents

Caring for a child is challenging and stressful, and becomes even more taxing when that child struggles with emotional and/or behavioral issues. When this is the case, your family will be working through many worries, fears, and concerns about your child’s future and general wellbeing.

What is “13 Reasons Why?”

“13 Reasons Why” is a show created by Netflix depicting a high-school student who commits suicide and leaves behind a set of pre-recorded cassette tapes that describe her painful experiences with peer pressure, bullying, and sexual assault.

Suicide Prevention with Mental Health First Aid

Mental wellness is for everyone.

Psychology isn’t only for the afflicted or differently-abled. It is for anyone who wishes to feel happier and find fulfillment in life. The World Health Organization1 defines mental and emotional well-being in four capacities:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Many people think Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) shows itself in non-intrusive behaviors like washing their hands constantly or turning lights on and off a certain number of times.

The truth behind the disease is more complex than that, and severity varies from person to person.

Recognizing When Your Child Has Been the Victim of Sexual Assault

You can’t avoid the headlines about sexual assault, these days. Many women and men are coming forward to make their abuse known. But sexual assault is just as likely to happen to a child or adolescent.

Sexual assault is a broad term that can include inappropriate touching, unwanted sexual advances, rape, and a variety of situations that fall somewhere between those categories.

Caution: Social Media

Social media is a large part of our society today, but is the everyday use of social platforms harming our young kids and teens? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, families should be aware of the potential negative effects of social media. Here are six key points about how social media may be impacting your child’s mental health.