19 Posts by: "Michele Brown"



When Valentine's Day Falls Short

When Valentine's Day Falls Short

Coming home empty handed on Valentine's Day can leave adolescents feeling unpopular and heartbroken. Here are a few ideas on how to help your teen when they are feeling left out on Valentine’s Day.
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teens and the technology trap

teens and the technology trap

While our teens are not in close physical proximity to one another, they are connected nearly constantly through technology. But is that connection enough to satisfy the emotional needs of our teens? There’s a wealth of research data that says it is not.
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helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, even more so after divorce or separation. While the season may feel different, planning and concerted efforts can help your child have a positive experience during these times.
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Pastoral Care and Mental Illness

Understanding mental illness and how to help a loved one experiencing it is a difficult challenge for friends and family… and clergy. In times of struggle and crisis, many…
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a strength-based approach to helping kids with ADHD

a strength-based approach to helping kids with ADHD

Children with ADHD are often identified by what they struggle with or cannot do, rather than the strengths and abilities the children already have. Many teachers are now focusing on providing challenges to play to a child’s strengths.
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suicide prevention in the age of cyber bullying – how you can help

suicide prevention in the age of cyber bullying – how you can help

According to a national study, between 6 and 35 percent of the young people in this country have experienced some form cyber bullying. It’s being recognized as a new form of violence, and it has potentially devastating consequences.
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risky business - when your child’s behaviors and habits might be unhealthy

risky business - when your child’s behaviors and habits might be unhealthy

Recognizing these risky behaviors can help identify a problem before it becomes more difficult to treat, and before any long-term or permanent damage has been done.
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the troubling stats on teen suicide among hispanic girls

the troubling stats on teen suicide among hispanic girls

The Huffington Post reports Hispanic teenage girls have the highest rate of suicide attempts among all teenage demographics. Given that over 62% of San Antonio’s population is Hispanic, this is a serious issue for us.
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8 volunteer ideas for kids to help instill empathy

8 volunteer ideas for kids to help instill empathy

Whether through one-time projects like collecting canned goods for a local food bank or ongoing projects like monthly visits to a senior citizens center, there is a variety of opportunities for families to volunteer together.
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mental Illness and your college-bound child

mental Illness and your college-bound child

Going away to college – it’s a rite of passage for many and a time of huge personal growth and change. But for young adults dealing with mental health problems, it represents a whole new set of challenges.
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how to afford mental health treatment

Navigating the sometimes-complicated pathways to get to the right care for a child experiencing mental health issues can be frustrating. Once you do find the care your…
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what to expect at your child’s first appointment with the psychiatrist

what to expect at your child’s first appointment with the psychiatrist

Let’s talk about what you can expect at your child’s first visit with the psychiatrist, and how you can help ease the stress for both of you.
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How to Help an Anxious Child

How to Help an Anxious Child

Beyond helping with the immediate clinical anxiety, mental health treatment can help improve self-esteem and communication skills that can last a lifetime.
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3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

Your heart hurts seeing your child struggling with their mental health. There are things you can do to help your kiddo - as well as yourself and your whole family!
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stress vs. trauma: one is not like the other

stress vs. trauma: one is not like the other

Occasional stress is a disruptive but normal part of a child’s life. Trauma is much more severe and complex, and it is critical to deal with it in a different way for the sake of the child.
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tapping into school counseling to support your child’s mental health

Without a doubt, schools and their staff play a huge role in children’s lives. Often the adults in a child’s school life spend more time each day with our…
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do more children struggle with mental illness than ever before?

do more children struggle with mental illness than ever before?

The data is shocking and saddening, and it seems to indicate that incidences of mental illness among children are on the rise. But is it accurate?
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the significant link between childhood ADHD and adult homelessness

the significant link between childhood ADHD and adult homelessness

Children with ADHD – even when successfully treated – may need additional help overcoming some of the obstacles they’ll face as they make the transition to successful adults.
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untreated mental illness can mean a shorter lifespan

untreated mental illness can mean a shorter lifespan

There is a 10 to 25 year life expectancy reduction for individuals experiencing severe mental disorders according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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