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What is Toxic Positivity?

Toxic positivity refers to the idea that in any given circumstance the most appropriate course of action is to remain positive, “look on the bright side,” and understand that “it could be worse.” An optimistic perspective can be a healthy and effective coping mechanism; however, toxic positivity refers to the extreme, unwavering presence of positivity in which this attitude causes a failure to effectively process and validate emotions.

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Nutrition and Mood: Healthy Foods to Enhance Mental Health

Nutrition is a key component to ensuring mental and physical health. For young people in particular, eating regularly and maximizing nutritious foods is critical when the body is still developing. Numerous scientific studies have shown a strong connection between diet and mental health. It’s essential to take advantage of what is in your control to better your own mental wellbeing.

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Navigating Teen Mental Health Conditions

Adolescence is a common time for signs of mental health issues to emerge—many are struggling with hormonal changes, adapting to new environments, and increased stress from school or social activities. Critically, 1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness; however, the majority of young people fail to receive appropriate treatment. Early intervention is essential when warning signs of mental illness emerge. If you are unsure whether you or a loved one is experiencing signs of a mental illness, it’s important to reach out to a mental health professional. Self-diagnoses can be dangerous and often inaccurate. In order to receive the most appropriate and effective care, reach out for support—you are not alone.

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The Collective Trauma of COVID-19

Despite the new year, COVID-19 continues to spread and devastate communities. Collective trauma refers to an event that incites psychological trauma shared by large groups or populations. In the case of this pandemic, the collective refers to our global population. Not all communities, however, have been impacted the same. It is important to recognize that COVID-19 has devastated certain communities, businesses, families and individuals more than others.

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How to Talk to Your Child About Body Image

A healthy body image is an essential aspect of a young person’s self-esteem and self-worth. Significantly, body image is about how you perceive your body, not about what your body looks like. This image is often affected by pressures of friends, family, celebrities, and social media. Fostering a healthy body image at a young age is critical. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorder reported that approximately 95% of individuals struggling with eating or related disorders are between the ages of 12 – 25.

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Surviving the Holidays

The holiday season is once again upon us. Despite the expectations of joy and festivities, this time of year doesn’t always go as planned. For many, the holiday season can bring about feelings of sadness, grief or disappointment. It’s important to remember that you are not alone. This year, in particular, has brought unexpected challenges and the holidays are no different. Many of us are unable to spend time with family and loved ones. These circumstances can add to the stress that many of us are already feeling. We’ve put together some tips on how you can stay motivated and survive this holiday season.

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What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that employs techniques and tools that can enhance mental or physical wellbeing and assist in the process of healing. Art therapy typically incorporates painting, finger painting, drawing, sculpting or carving.

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Managing Headline Stress

While many Americans enjoy staying up to date on daily news, instant access to the 24-hour news cycle can be overwhelming. Headline stress is not a clinical diagnosis, but many psychologists have started using the term to describe people who are overwhelmed and experience increased stress by viewing or reading the news. Headline stress effects all of us differently, but often leads to feelings of being overwhelmed and helpless which can result in increased levels of stress or anxiety.

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How to Keep Your Child Engaged with Online Learning

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, families and students alike have been forced to adapt to a new way of learning. For many, even regular school can be overwhelming and exacerbate underlying signs of mental health disorders. It’s important that families work together to promote healthy schedules to allow students to remain motivated with online learning.

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Why is Sleep So Important?

Sleep is an essential component of our physical and mental health that allows our bodies to rest and recharge. A healthy sleep schedule can be challenging while juggling the responsibilities and pressures that accumulate throughout the day. Nonetheless, it is critical to prioritize how and when you sleep in order to improve the quality and productivity of the day.

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Why Gratitude is More Important Than Ever This Holiday Season

Despite 2020 being a challenging year for many, expressing gratitude this year is more important than ever. The holiday season tends to exacerbate feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression. Particularly during COVID-19, many are feeling lost and isolated. These feelings can make expressing gratitude this Thanksgiving uncomfortable and difficult. However, research suggests that giving thanks can actually promote mental wellness and help you cope with symptoms you may be struggling with.

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A Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness practice is the utilization of various tools and techniques that train the brain to arrive in a mindful state. The practice emphasizes non-judgment, non-attachment, as well as acceptance of the entire journey even when it is challenging. For those who are new to mindfulness practices, know that with consistency the experience will gradually come with more ease. That said, even with regular practice, some days will be more difficult and others more accessible.

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and How Can I Cope?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a subtype of depression that typically begins in the fall and can last throughout the winter. SAD can cause changes in energy levels, sleep schedules, appetite, mood and others. While individuals can experience these symptoms differently, it’s important to validate them and learn how you can cope.

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Social Media Use & Mental Health

Social media has profoundly changed the way we interact with others, particularly for young people who have grown up alongside social media’s growth and fallen victim to its addictive qualities. Over the last decade, researchers have been investigating the relationship between mental health and social media. It is clear that social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok can cause symptoms of depression; however, there is also research that shows those who already present signs of depression are more likely to engage with social media in harmful ways.

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My Child has Expressed Suicidal Thoughts: What Should I do?

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children and young adults. Greater awareness and resources can help reduce both suicide attempts and deaths by suicide. Therefore, it’s essential to have resources that can help you navigate through these challenging circumstances. If you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800)-273-8255.

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What is Toxic Positivity?

Toxic positivity refers to the idea that in any given circumstance the most appropriate course of action is to remain positive, “look on the bright side,” and understand that “it could be worse.” An optimistic perspective can be a healthy and effective coping mechanism; however, toxic positivity refers to the extreme, unwavering presence of positivity in which this attitude causes a failure to effectively process and validate emotions.

Read More
Nutrition and Mood: Healthy Foods to Enhance Mental Health

Nutrition is a key component to ensuring mental and physical health. For young people in particular, eating regularly and maximizing nutritious foods is critical when the body is still developing. Numerous scientific studies have shown a strong connection between diet and mental health. It’s essential to take advantage of what is in your control to better your own mental wellbeing.

Read More
Navigating Teen Mental Health Conditions

Adolescence is a common time for signs of mental health issues to emerge—many are struggling with hormonal changes, adapting to new environments, and increased stress from school or social activities. Critically, 1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness; however, the majority of young people fail to receive appropriate treatment. Early intervention is essential when warning signs of mental illness emerge. If you are unsure whether you or a loved one is experiencing signs of a mental illness, it’s important to reach out to a mental health professional. Self-diagnoses can be dangerous and often inaccurate. In order to receive the most appropriate and effective care, reach out for support—you are not alone.

Read More
The Collective Trauma of COVID-19

Despite the new year, COVID-19 continues to spread and devastate communities. Collective trauma refers to an event that incites psychological trauma shared by large groups or populations. In the case of this pandemic, the collective refers to our global population. Not all communities, however, have been impacted the same. It is important to recognize that COVID-19 has devastated certain communities, businesses, families and individuals more than others.

Read More
How to Talk to Your Child About Body Image

A healthy body image is an essential aspect of a young person’s self-esteem and self-worth. Significantly, body image is about how you perceive your body, not about what your body looks like. This image is often affected by pressures of friends, family, celebrities, and social media. Fostering a healthy body image at a young age is critical. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorder reported that approximately 95% of individuals struggling with eating or related disorders are between the ages of 12 – 25.

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