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5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Divorced Parents

The holiday season is rolling in, and you know what that means – neighborhoods are lighting up like a Christmas tree, menorahs shining through windows, and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the cutest doggos rocking their holiday sweaters. But hey, let’s be real – if you’re surviving the holidays with divorced […]

Veterans Day and Your Teen: What’s the Connection?

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At first glance, the significance of Veterans Day and the everyday lives of our teenagers may seem worlds apart, but there’s a poignant connection that might surprise you. A Shared Battle: Hopelessness and Mental Health Statistics reveal a sobering reality: the only demographic experiencing a higher rate of suicide than our nation’s adolescents and young […]

Teen Angst or Genuine Depression?

Teen angst or genuine depression

Hey, super parents! Welcome to the sometimes tumultuous world of parenting teens. If you’ve found yourself wondering whether your teen’s moodiness is just typical teenage behavior (teen angst) or something more serious, you’re not alone. It’s a tightrope that many parents walk, trying to strike a balance between understanding and concern. So, let’s demystify the […]

The Family Check-In Challenge

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The “Family Check-In Challenge” is an A Brighter Day initiative designed to encourage open conversations within families as we roll into the new school year. This routine isn’t just a matter of asking how each person’s day was; it’s about setting a time and place where every family member, especially teens, can openly discuss their […]

Walk Your Path: How to Understand and Combat Peer Pressure

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Peer pressure at school, a universal phenomenon experienced by teenagers across the globe, plays a considerable role during these formative years. As adolescents strive to carve out their unique identities, these external influences can deeply impact their mental health, choices, and overall well-being. The Faces of Peer Pressure Peer pressure can manifest itself in various […]

Living in the Age of Teen Loneliness

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Our teens live in a world of unparalleled entertainment opportunities, yet they still experience disturbing amounts of teen loneliness. Every cell phone they carry doubles as a computer filled with applications, entertainment, and social media platforms. They can watch movie trailers or go to the movies with their friends. They can indulge in unlimited TV, […]

Counseling vs. Therapy: Is There A Difference?

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While the terms “counseling” and “therapy” are typically used interchangeably when talking about mental health interventions, there are vast differences between the two types of services! While both are treatments for mental health issues that involve interacting with a mental health professional and working through an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, there are key characteristics […]

Spring Forward from Teen Depression: Action Steps for Parents 

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Teens Need Resources More Than Ever The world has temporarily become more complicated, but the level of our teen’s stress and teen suicide overall continues to be at epidemic levels. Your teens, more than ever, need resources to deal with this depression more effectively, while their parents are being bombarded with negative headlines and news.   […]

The Mind-Body Teen Connection

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The teenage years are a time of significant changes and development, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. As teens navigate the complexities of growing up, it’s crucial to understand the connection between the mind and body. While physical and mental health is typically referred to as two separate entities, we tend to forget […]

Understanding Teen Self-Harm: Causes, Signs, and Solutions

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*Content/Trigger Warning: This article discusses self-harm, injury, and violence. Experiencing an overwhelming amount of emotions from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety leads some people to harm themselves, also known as “self-harm.” While everyone processes their emotions in different ways, some people have developed unhealthy coping mechanisms to manage their feelings. What is self-harm? […]