What Is Suicidal Ideation in Teens?

Last Updated: March 2021 Suicidal ideation is an all-encompassing term that means having thoughts of suicide. These thoughts can range from a simple passive thought to more detailed plans around the act. Ideation is not the same as a suicidal act or attempt, but it does have the potential to go from a thought to…

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How to Discuss Thoughts of Depression and Suicide

Last Updated: March 2021 When someone feels depressed, their world slowly fades into darkness with chronic feelings of loneliness and worthlessness. It can be tough to watch someone you love, especially your child, deal with a major depressive episode. You know your teenager is loved beyond measure and that their life matters. So, how do…

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Understanding Your Teenager's Thoughts of Self-Harm

Last Updated: March 2021 If your teen struggles with depression, you know that symptoms of severe depression, self-harm or even suicidal thoughts, can come on quickly. Learn more about thoughts of self-harm in teenagers, as well as how to care and seek treatment for your child during this time. If you are concerned that your…

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Recognizing Self-Harm Awareness Month

Each year, during the month of March, mental health organizations across the country raise awareness for self-harm – a condition that affects more teenagers and young adults than most realize. Because many teens keep their condition a secret, it can be challenging for their parents to identify if their child is engaging in harmful behavior.…

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Food for Thought: Why Teens Are What They Eat

Last Updated: February 2021 We’ve all heard the adage “you are what you eat,” but what you may not know is that a growing body of research suggests the saying is credible. Nutrition plays an influential role in both mental and physical health – especially as adolescents and young adults are developing and growing. Learn…

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Nutrition as Self-Care

Last Updated: February 2021 In mental health treatment, your teenager learned the value of eating healthy and maintaining good nutrition. They learned about the importance of self-care and how to proactively promote wellness in ways to show they accept and love themselves. One of the most important things your teen can do for his or…

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How Nutrition Affects Teen Mental Health

Last Updated: February 2021 Increasingly these days, there is less time to eat, and your teenager may be more likely to indulge in cravings for unhealthy foods, especially when it comes to accessibility and availability. Though your teen may not think much about what he or she is putting into his or her body, what…

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Honoring Black History Month and Mental Health

February brings the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and examine, learn and revisit the missing and unacknowledged chapters in our history as a nation. Learn more about how to honor African-American contributions in the United States in order to create a mentally healthier world that recognizes overlooked communities and their stories. How to Honor…

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Building a Mental Health Support Network

Last Updated: February 2021 Many teenagers and their families are carrying the burden of anxiety, depression or substance abuse alone because building a mental health support network can be incredibly difficult for people overcoming a mental illness. It can sometimes be difficult to connect with and trust others, but a mental health support network is…

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