Michele Brown

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When Valentine's Day Falls Short

Posted by Michele Brown on Feb 8, 2018 3:27:02 PM

It’s a familiar scene. A mother attempts to comfort her young daughter as tears stream down the girl’s face. All of the daughter’s friends received a valentine from someone and she is the only one without. A day that was supposed to be about celebrating love has turned into a popularity contest.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

teens and the technology trap

Posted by Michele Brown on Dec 14, 2017 2:36:56 PM

Technology helps us do things we never could before, and the combination of cellular phones and social media is perhaps the single most impactful technological development in the last 20 years…at least in terms of social interaction. We’re seeing that most significantly among teens, popularly dubbed iGen or Generation Z. 

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helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

Posted by Michele Brown on Nov 9, 2017 10:33:21 AM

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, even more so after divorce or separation. Memories of the past can bring up difficult emotions for both parents and children as they cope with the changes in their family. While the holiday season may feel different, planning and concerted efforts can help your child have a positive experience during these times.

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

Pastoral Care and Mental Illness

Posted by Michele Brown on Oct 27, 2017 9:12:43 AM

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 families turn to their pastors, rabbis and priests for support; however, not all clergy are trained in the effective ways they can support their parishioners. Just as stigma has prevented conversations about mental illness in secular settings, it has also limited conversations in sacred spaces, too.

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Topics: Advocacy

a strength-based approach to helping kids with ADHD

Posted by Michele Brown on Oct 19, 2017 1:16:33 PM

Dr. David Rabiner, an expert on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), defines the condition as "a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that occurs in academic, occupational, or social settings." In other words, children with ADHD may have difficulty with staying focused, keeping still, and taking turns

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Topics: Getting Treatment

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

Posted by Michele Brown on Sep 14, 2017 2:23:46 PM

The statistics are staggering. According to a national study, between 6 and 35% 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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Topics: Causes and Risks, Mental Health Wellness

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