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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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a popular type of psychotherapy used by mental health counselors and therapists to assist clients who are interested in overcoming mental health issues or substance use disorders. CBT allows individuals to become aware of their negative thinking patterns and readjust their focus so that they can engage in challenging situations in a more effective way.

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You Are Not Alone: Teen Depression

If you or a loved one struggles with depression, it’s common to feel alone. Depression is more than just sadness and can affect many different aspects of everyday life. Sharing the experience of depression is difficult, particularly with friends and family. It is important to remember that you are not alone — critically, 1 in 3 high school students report feeling so sad or hopeless that they stop their everyday activities.

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Navigating Back to School During COVID-19

School is back in session–however, many students are struggling to adjust to this “new normal,” on top of the anxiety, fear, and stress that the typical back-to-school season brings. Similarly, parents are grappling with how to best support their children. It’s important to remember that every family is navigating these challenges for the first time, but this is not forever—we will get through it!

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Everything You Need to Know About IOPs

When you think about therapy, you probably think about meeting with a therapist once per week either virtually through video-camera or sitting in a therapist’s office – this is known as outpatient therapy, typically the most sought out type of therapy. But what happens when one hour a week of outpatient therapy isn’t enough support? What if you or your loved ones continue to have challenges despite meeting weekly with a therapist, and the symptoms experienced increase in frequency and/or severity? This can feel overwhelming and exacerbate a sense of hopelessness. Many families navigating behavioral health treatment options for the first time believe there is no option in between weekly visits to a therapist, assessment by a doctor at the Emergency Room or admission to an inpatient facility.

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How to Cope with Climate Anxiety

As hurricanes ravage coastlines across the country and wildfires raze huge swaths of the West, anxiety over the ever-increasing presence and intensity of climate change is on the rise. No group seems to be affected more by warming temperatures and ensuing natural disasters, though, than young people. As younger generations grapple with an uncertain future on Earth, stress, worry and even panic can ensue.

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Why is Virtual Care for High-Acuity Youth Effective?

The mental health care system is broken. While thousands of providers work tirelessly to provide essential care to Americans, rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide in our teens and young adults remain high. Long waitlists, the stigmatization of mental health, or people feeling like therapy “isn’t for them” has kept many away from clinically appropriate levels of care, creating a dangerous and traumatizing feedback loop of hospitalizations and discharges.

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Summer Journaling Prompts for Self-Care

Summer is well underway and with it a more relaxed pace. School is out for most people; the sun is shining; we have more time to socialize, get outside, and do other things that support both our physical and mental health! One way to engage in healthy self-care practices is by journaling.

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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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PTSD Awareness Month: What to Know and How to Help

For decades, post traumatic stress disorder –or PTSD– was viewed as a one-off diagnosis reserved for soldiers returning from war or survivors of car crashes. But as both time and innovations in mental health research have shown, PTSD is a more nuanced, complex and widespread mental health diagnosis than previously thought. According to the National Center for PTSD, 7-8% of people will live with the disorder at some point in their life. 

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