Resources Tagged With: teen mental health

Youthful Advisers Help Shape a Mental Health Program for Their Peers

Phebe Cox grew up in what might seem an unlikely mental health danger zone for a kid: tony Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. But behind its façade of family success and wealth, she said, is an environment of crushing pressure on students to perform. By 2016, when Cox was in middle school, Palo Alto had a teen suicide rate four times the national average. Read more ›

Why Teenage Sleep Is So Important for Mental Health

It should come as no surprise that a serious lack of sleep, or seriously disturbed sleep, is one of the most common symptoms of depression among adolescents. After all, however tired you might feel, it’s hard to drop off if you’re wracked with doubts or worries. This is true for adults too, with 92% of people with depression complaining of sleep difficulties. Read more ›

Teens, Stress & COVID-19

We all – teens and adults alike – have difficulty making decisions when we’re stressed. Teens are still developing, and learning as they do. During this uncertain time, teens may need additional help in making decisions and considering consequences. Read more ›

Why Teletherapy (Still) Works

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Eighteen long months ago, as surreal rumors of a shelter-in-place order for the Bay Area began to percolate, CHC immediately transitioned to a remote-first model of care for kids, teens and young adults.

Thanks to a HIPAA compliant healthcare platform on Zoom (not to mention nimble clinicians and clients), our nonprofit mental health agency could continue to deliver best-in-class support for learning differences and mental health during shelter-in-place, with the level of trust and expertise the community has counted on for nearly 70 years. Read more ›

Worried About Your Teen on Social Media? Here’s How to Help

The Wall Street Journal revealed last week that researchers at Instagram had studied for years how its photo-sharing app affects young users and found that it can be particularly harmful to teenage girls, news that alarmed parents and lawmakers. Read more ›

Teen Suicide: What Parents Need to Know

It can be hard to imagine talking with your teen about suicide. But given that it is the second leading cause of death among young people, it makes sense to be prepared to have that conversation. How can we as parents create a safe, nonjudgmental space where our teens feel comfortable talking about hard things? Read more ›

Parents of Suicidal Teens Say They Feel Alone. Here Are Resources to Help.

When I wrote about my son’s depression and suicidal ideation, I was afraid to read the comments. I expected the Internet to tell me what I still feared deep down: it was all my fault.

What I received instead was a flurry of messages from mothers all around the country. These women didn’t contact me to criticize or accuse me, and none of them wanted to tell me what I could’ve done better for my son. Every woman who reached out to me did so with a single unifying message: “I felt like I was the only one.” Read more ›

How to Talk to Children and Teens About Suicide: A Guide for Parents

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents. The social and academic stresses of these years, combined with the availability of alcohol and drugs and the effect of social media, leave many parents concerned about the mental well-being of their children. Read more ›

Book: The Parent Compass

Many parents don’t know how best to support their teens, especially when everyone around them seems to be frantically tutoring, managing, and helicoptering. The Parent Compass provides guidance on what parents’ roles should be in supporting their teens’ mental health as they traverse the maze of the adolescent years. Read more ›

Psychological Effects of the Pandemic May Be Felt in Young People for a Long Time to Come

The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental wellness of many people around the world, and some experts are concerned about the lasting effects it could have on adolescents and young adults especially. Read more ›

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