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Lots of kids have messy rooms. They’re typically too busy focusing on other activities to be bothered to tidy up very often. But, disorganization and a messy room can be a sign of depression, and clutter can also cause stress and anxiety in teens.   It can start in small ways. Usually, people have their routines, and…

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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Now, it officially is a federally recognized holiday, observed every year on June 19th. This date is significant because in Galveston, Texas in 1865, General Gordan Granger of the Union Army read the following: “The people of Texas are…

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behavioral health

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the way you respond to your child’s behavior can have a lasting effect, shaping how the child thinks, acts, feels, and engages with others long into adulthood. Therefore, it’s imperative that you develop effective strategies to address behaviors and teach them to control their reactions to avoid harm or…

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LGBTQIA+ pride

Sometimes, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQIA+) youth face a unique set of challenges.  Recent data demonstrate the breadth and depth of the issues these dynamic young people often face.  According to The Trevor Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021, in the past two weeks, 72 percent of LGBTQ youth reported…

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Woman and foster child

Foster care is an issue that is dear to us at Embark Behavioral Health because many of our clients have gone through foster care and adoption experiences. We work hard to help them navigate the emotions, the trauma, and the complicated relationships that these experiences bring into their lives.  There are over 430,000 children in foster care,…

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Teen Girl Studying

Protecting your family from COVID-19 is important, but the pandemic has also created a mental health epidemic. It’s hitting our teens hard, and it’s hitting the girls the hardest.   In fact, new research from The Rox Institute for Research and Training released a report on how pandemic loneliness is affecting 5th through 12th grade girls and found:   Girls are experiencing newfound fear about their futures since the…

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Mother and daughter with counselor

As a parent, you may be wondering how to help your child manage their stress better and improve their mental health. After all, we live in some of the most stressful times in human history. Even putting aside the global pandemic, rising anxiety rates in children have been reported for decades. But we want to make something very…

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