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How to Be a Mental Health Advocate

How to Be a Mental Health Advocate

Over the past couple of years, mental health has become a more open discussion. As a result, we have finally seen a break in the silence surrounding the topic and shame is much less a part of the equation than it ever was.

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On Our Sleeves: Join the Movement to Transform Children's Mental Health

Join us in supporting the movement to transform children’s mental health. Show children and families battling pediatric mental illness that we’re all in. Here’s how you can help.

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Ashley Eckstein: On Our Sleeves

I realized that my problem with writing this post is the same problem we are having surrounding the conversation about mental health. I've been struggling to find something profound to say because our mental health is not something we talk about every day. But why not?

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Making New Year's Resolutions? Try Mental Fitness!

We know mental health is just as important as physical health. Here are some ways you can keep your brain in shape as a family!


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ADHD Changes in Children as They Grow and Develop

It is difficult to predict whether an individual with ADHD will experience a significant improvement in symptoms and impairment over time; but, individuals with more severe ADHD symptoms, greater impairments in functioning, family histories of ADHD and additional psychiatric diagnoses (e.g., mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders) appear most at risk for continued difficulties.

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ADHD: What Is It, Does My Child Have It, and What Can I Do About It?

What is ADHD? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is considered a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it begins to reveal itself and cause problems as the brain develops during childhood. It impacts the ability to regulate attention, behavior, and emotion.



What is Anxiety? How can I Help?

School, friends, work, social media, relationships, grades and sports. All of these are triggers for stress in a youth’s day-to-day life. But what is the difference between being worried and having anxiety disorder?


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Autism Awareness Day: A Time for Acceptance and Action

April 2 marks the 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day – a day to recognize people living with autism.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Difference Between Boys and Girls

Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a growing patient population with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with ASD. It is observed at a higher rate among boys, with 1 in 42 boys being identified as having ASD.

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Autism Diagnosis: A Parent's Perspective

Today is World Autism Day. Today, and every day, my world is autism. The first time a doctor mentioned autism to me I was shocked. Sure, my two year old had been born premature, undergone heart surgery, failed his hearing tests and didn't speak.

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Body Positivity

Body Positivity: An Important Message for Girls, AND Boys

As social media continues to play a major role in our society, talking to your child about body positivity is more important than ever - and it’s not just a topic for girls. Boys struggle with body image too.


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10 Tips to Teach Your Kids How to Combat Bullying

Forty-nine percent of children grades 4-12 have been bullied at least once in the past month. And 3.2 million kids have been the victim of bullying. As a parent, how can you recognize the signs and offer your child help?


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Is Social Media Making Your Kid Depressed?

A recent study from San Diego University identified a correlation between the increased amount of time teens spend using electronic devices and increased symptoms of depression.

SAD: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder

At this time of the year, it feels like winter will drag on forever and spring will never get here. The gray skies outside can give us a case of the winter blues and make us feel sluggish or sad. However, your child’s seasonal slump may be a more serious problem.

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Down Syndrome Awareness: Dispel the Misconceptions

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day to symbolize the third copy of the 21st chromosome in people with Down syndrome.

Eating Disorders

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"To the Bone" and Eating Disorder Treatment: Did Netflix Get it Right?

The Netflix movie To the Bone portrays a semi-autobiographical story about a 20-year-old girl named Ellen and part of her journey through recovery from an eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. To the Bone is based on the experiences of Marti Noxon, the film’s director and TV producer.

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Binge Eating Disorder: Not Just Overeating

Binge eating, binge watching Netflix, binge drinking, binge shopping. There are many uses in our culture for the word “binge.” But what does it really mean? By definition, binge means indulging in an activity to excess. One activity people often associate with the word binge is eating.

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Anorexia Nervosa: Parents as Part of the Treatment Team

What is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia or AN) is a biologically-based disorder that involves restricting one’s food intake, leading to significantly low body weight. Anorexia is accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of one’s body.


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How to Have a Successful Summer: Building Deeper Connections with Your Kids

Your relationship with your child is the most important predictor of their future self and success. Fancy vacations are not necessary to create joyful moments. Spending quality time playing and learning together will help you nourish that relationship and grow together.

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How to Support Siblings of Children with Special Needs

The stigma surrounding mental illness is real, but a child or teen going through the mental illness is not the only one affected.

6 Things Every Parent Should Know About Toilet Training

Toilet training is a big milestone for children but can also be a nerve-wracking time for parents. Understanding the process is important and so is recognizing when it might be beneficial to reach out for professional help.

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Exposure to Community Violence and Its Impact on Our Youth

It’s hard to ignore the levels of violence in the United States, especially within the juvenile population. This has a clear impact on the country as a whole, but more specifically, the youth who have been exposed to it.

Nail Biting Prevention and Habit Reversal Tips: How to Get Your Child to Stop

Nail-biting is a common and frustrating habit for many children, teens and parents. Roughly half of all children bite their nails, and it is more common in boys than girls after the age of 10. But, there is good news! More than 75 percent of teens who bite their nails will stop by age 35.

Teaching Your Kids About Kindness: Don't Miss the Mark

Ask your kids this question – “Am I teaching you to be kind?” Parents may be surprised to hear their children may not think so. And with the current news and world landscape, kindness is more important than ever.

Self-Care for Parents of Children with Mental Health Needs

Joy, anticipation, frustration, worry and pride are all common feelings that most parents have as they nurture their child into adulthood. However, when a child has a mental illness, this range of thoughts and feelings escalates in a way that can be exhausting and overwhelming.

Kids and Video Games: Setting Limits for Healthy Play

What are the consequences of playing video games? What are there any benefits? And how can you limit time on video games?

How to Talk to Kids About Divorce

It is estimated that 40 percent to 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce, and while it can be difficult for all individuals involved, many parents are particularly concerned with the toll it takes on their children.

Talking to Kids About Politics

The election is over, yet political tension is still high. The media continues to share messages and images that can sound angry, confusing, contradictory and, at times, downright frightening to a child. These messages can make you and your children anxious, angry and sad.

Habits in Children – Are They Cause for Concern?

A habit is defined as an acquired behavior pattern sometimes followed so regularly it can become involuntary. Commonly, people associate them with annoying or negative behaviors. 

Giving Back

5 Ways to Teach Your Children the Gift of Giving

Tis the season for giving! The holidays are a wonderful time to teach children the gift of giving. Teaching your kids about giving is a great way to encourage empathy, and show compassion for others. Here are some of our favorite giving opportunities for the holiday season.

Emotional Identification

Using Emotional Language: How to Talk to Your Kids About Feelings

Talking about feelings sounds simple, but can actually be quite difficult. We often assume this skill will develop naturally; however, many children need a lot of practice to grow comfortable talking about how they feel, especially in the moment.

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Get in Rhythm! Music is Good for Your Child’s Health!

Many people enjoy music, but did you know that it can be good for your health? While many of us feel the positive effects of music, neuroscience and music psychology help us understand how music can improve wellness.

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Why Every Parent Needs to See the Movie Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade tells the story of Kayla Day, a quiet, nervous, 13-year-old, played beautifully by Elsie Fisher. It turns out, not much has changed since I was an eighth-grader, other than a few decades and an elephant in the room called social media.


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Kids and Self-Injury: What Parents Need to Know

What is self-injury? Self-injury is the act of physically hurting oneself without the intent to die. It is a sign of emotional distress and indicates a person has a lack of healthy coping skills.


It's World Mental Health Day: Help Stop the Stigma

A man stands in front of a group of people and asks, “Who here has mental health?” Only a handful raise their hands. “We all have mental health,” he says. More than 1 in 5 adults have experienced a mental disorder within the past year.

How Can You Help Fight Behavioral Health Stigmas? #starttheconvo

One in five children ages 13 to 18 experiences a significant mental illness, and less than half get the treatment they need. This staggering statistic demands a bold response.


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What Is Resiliency and How Can it Help a Child Combat Stress?

When a child suffers trauma or has negative experiences it does not dictate their future. Children can survive and even thrive despite trauma in their lives.

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Stress and Physical Symptoms: When It's Not Just in Your Head

Most people know that when we have an illness, how we feel physically affects how we feel mentally. So, it should come as no surprise that mental feelings can have the opposite effect and change our physical state.

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Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse: Are You Worried Your Teen May Using?

You are not alone. The media is exploding with information on opioid overdoses, and the debate about the legalization of marijuana wages on. Here are a few important things to know about teen substance abuse. More teens that not have used alcohol.


Addiction: A Real Disease

Addiction is a real disease. It is not a weakness. Or an easy thing to overcome just by willpower. Virtually, all addictions start during adolescence. Almost 4 million 12-25 year olds have a drug abuse problem in the United States — but only 9 percent get any sort of treatment.


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Suicide: The Conversation We Should Have With Our Kids

One of the best things we can do is give our young people the power to talk about mental health issues and topics as challenging as suicide without shutting the door. Even if your child is doing well, this is a powerful opportunity to help your child see it is okay to be emotionally open and could help them talk openly with friends.

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Teen Mental Health Issues and the "Not My Kid" Phenomenon

Ryan is 16 years old and a junior in high school. He is on the football team, he’s popular, and maintains good grades. His family is proud of him and they attend his games and award ceremonies.

13 Reasons Why: Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series?

The mini-series 13 Reasons Why (13RW), adapted from a young adult novel, was released on Netflix this past week. 13RW relays the fictional story of a high schooler, Hannah Baker, who has died by suicide before the story even begins.

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Facebook’s Latest Safety Initiative Helps Prevent Suicide

Facebook has been collaborating with suicide prevention organizations for more than a decade to identify users at risk for suicide and to provide them with crisis resources.

Myths About Suicide: Correcting Mental Health Stigma

This is part three of a three-part series on myths surrounding suicide. Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness creates shame, distress, and reluctance to get help.

Myths About Suicide: Depression is a Sign of Weakness

This is part one of a three-part series on myths surrounding suicide. “If you were stronger you would get over this.” “No one wants to hear you crying all the time and talking about how awful your life is.

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Myths About Suicide: Moving Beyond Common Misconceptions

This is part two of a three-part series on myths surrounding suicide. When it comes to suicide, there’s a lot of competing information that makes it hard to tell myth from fact. But knowing the facts may allow us to take life-saving steps to help our children.

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Talking to Your Kids About Depression and Suicide

As a parent, you want the best for your children. You work every day to protect them from harm. Sometimes that work means you have to have some difficult, often uncomfortable conversations – including ones about suicide.