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A Call to Caregivers of LGBTQ+(IA) Children and Adolescents

A Call to Caregivers of LGBTQ+(IA) Children and Adolescents

Amidst the social injustices that are becoming more exposed and rightfully addressed, it is important to deal with the ongoing need of those who are exploring and questioning their sexual and gender identities.
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How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

The deaths of Amaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd (among many others) have placed a spotlight on racism globally. As a result, you may be wondering how to discuss race and inequality with your kids. Here are tips from professionals at Clarity Child Guidance Center.
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A Story of Hope: Healing From Transgenerational Trauma

A Story of Hope: Healing From Transgenerational Trauma

Research shows that trauma is shared across generations through a variety of ways, including gene expression, socialization, and psychological disposition. While the source of trauma may be distant, the effects can still be devastating to children.
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COVID-19, youth and social media: is it time for a reset?

COVID-19, youth and social media: is it time for a reset?

With COVID-19 and the self-quarantine imposed on families, our lives and habits are being turned upside down and it's an opportunity to rethink the place of screen time and social media activities in our kids’ lives.
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Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

When a child is injured or traumatized in some way, it’s not unusual for the parents to also experience some emotional impact from the trauma. This is called secondary traumatic stress (STS).
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Is Social Media Impacting Your Child’s Mental Health? What You Can Do to Help

Is Social Media Impacting Your Child’s Mental Health? What You Can Do to Help

While social media does have some positive influences on society, including allowing us to connect more easily with friends and family, it also has potential negative impacts, especially on kids.
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What Parents Need to Know About the Opioid Crisis

What Parents Need to Know About the Opioid Crisis

As parents, it’s critical we educate ourselves on the opioid crisis and risk factors so that we can have honest conversations with our children to protect them from this risk.
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Understanding the Mental Health Risks for Children in Foster Care

Understanding the Mental Health Risks for Children in Foster Care

Unstable family relationships, changing environments, and exposure to trauma all contribute to the increased risk of mental illness for kids in foster care.
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Kids Fight Bullying At The Lunch Table

Kids Fight Bullying At The Lunch Table

Sometimes in all our efforts to raise awareness and advocate for our kids, adults forget that young people themselves have tremendous power to change their worlds and the lives of those around them.
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Marijuana and ADHD – A Serious Combination of Risks

Marijuana and ADHD – A Serious Combination of Risks

Since ADHD is one of the most common mental health disorders in young people, and marijuana is one of the most commonly used illegal substances, it’s no surprise there is cross-over between the two.
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How Trauma Affects Kids in Schools

How Trauma Affects Kids in Schools

Turn on the news or check your phone updates and it seems like we are being inundated with the news of traumatic events around the world, in our hometowns, and in our…
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How does poverty impact mental illness?

How does poverty impact mental illness?

Not only do children who live in poverty struggle to have their basic needs met but they are also at risk for higher levels of mental illness.
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the undue pressure of being picture-perfect

the undue pressure of being picture-perfect

While society’s idea of family may include myriad combinations of gender, age, race, background, and socio-economic status, we remain fixated on attaining perfection. And in large part, we do that to ourselves through social media.
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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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what if your child is the bully?

what if your child is the bully?

While being bullied may cause an otherwise healthy child to develop mental health issues, bullying behavior may also be a sign that a child is struggling and needs help.
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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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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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seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues

seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues

When the winter blues become much more, it’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and left untreated, could lead to serious complications.
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understanding bullying is the first step in stomping it out

understanding bullying is the first step in stomping it out

Attempting to identify the “bad person(s)” or “bad kid(s)” who are then labeled as a “bully” leaves much to be desired in addressing the underlying problems associated with bullying.
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Back-to-School, Back-to-Mental Health Concerns?

Back-to-School, Back-to-Mental Health Concerns?

It's critical to determine if what our children are experiencing is part of the normal range of back-to-school nerves, or indicative of a larger mental health problem.
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Learning about back to school and mental health

Learning about back to school and mental health

Children may already be exhibiting symptoms of mental illness before entering school, but the stress, anxiety, and relational challenges schools create may contribute to or intensify those symptoms.
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Tis the season to be...

Tis the season to be...

While others enjoy the fun and festivities, a child struggling with depression or anxiety can feel conflicted and stressed during the holidays.
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Back to school with friends, and frenemies?

Back to school with friends, and frenemies?

For a child contending with a frenemy, the impact on their mental health can be even more severe, including anxiety and low self esteem, which can begin to affect family relationships.
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Bullied, bullies and children's mental health

Bullied, bullies and children's mental health

Bullying is a frequent and unwelcome part of childhood and adolescence, and can have a negative impact on a child’s mental health. What do you do when you suspect your child is being bullied or bullying others?
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