Teen Mental Health

Black Youth Face Rising Rates of Depression, Anxiety, Suicide

Nearly everyone has experienced a degree of anxiety or depression due to the pandemic. But for young Black people also confronting persistent racism and ever-widening inequities, the current moment has led to an acute crisis in mental health. Read more ›

Why Teens Need More Sleep, and How We Can Help Them Get It

We already know this pandemic has been horrendous for teens and their mental health. But there is another piece that plays an important factor in teen mental health, especially now: sleep and its role in boosting mental health and emotional resiliency. Read more ›

What Is Self-Harm?

In this Voices of Compassion episode, we welcome back Jennifer Leydecker, LMFT to the podcast, to discuss what self-harm looks like in adolescents and how to validate their hurt while encouraging healthier coping strategies. Read more ›

Getting a Handle on Self-Harm

Self-injury, particularly among adolescent girls, has become so prevalent so quickly that scientists and therapists are struggling to catch up. About 1 in 5 adolescents report having harmed themselves to soothe emotional pain at least once, according to a review of three dozen surveys i in nearly a dozen countries, including the United States, Canada and Britain. Read more ›

How to Support Someone Who Self-Harms

Discovering that a friend or relative self-harms can be extremely upsetting. It can be hard to understand why a person would deliberately hurt themselves, and people often go through a range of emotions, like feeling shocked, angry, saddened, confused or guilty. Read more ›

Self-Injury & Recovery Resources [web resource]

The Self-Injury & Recovery Resources (SIRR) website is part of the Self-Injury & Recovery Resources research program at Cornell University.  The website summarizes the research program work and provides links and resources to self injury information. Read more ›

Understanding Self-Injury

We all have ways of dealing with overwhelming negative feelings like stress, pressure, and even numbness. If someone deliberately hurts their own body as a way of dealing with their own negative emotions, they are engaging in non-suicidal self-injury, which is sometimes called “self-harm,” “deliberate self-harm,” or simply “self-injury.” Read more ›

What is Self-Harm?

Self-harm or self-injury means hurting yourself on purpose. One common method is cutting with a sharp object. But any time someone deliberately hurts themself is classified as self-harm. Read more ›

Hurtful Emotions: Understanding Self-Harm

People deal with difficult feelings in all sorts of ways. They may talk with friends, go work out, or listen to music. But some people may feel an urge to hurt themselves when distressed. Read more ›

The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens

The latest report from the Common Sense Census, The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens, explores how tweens and teens have strategically been using entertainment media to improve their mental health, stay social and creative, and continue learning, even outside of remote school. Read more ›

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