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Does Valentine’s Day Affect Teen Depression?

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As February unfurls, Valentine’s Day with its hallmark of romance – dinners out, toasts with wine or champagne, and the exchange of jewelry – fades into memory before we know it. For adults, it’s a month draped in love’s glow, but for teens, the atmosphere can feel markedly different. The impact of Valentine’s Day teen […]

Supporting Teen Mental Health During Holidays

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The festive season, stretching from Thanksgiving through Christmas is often celebrated as the most joyous time of the year. So, why should we focus on teen mental health during holidays? It’s a period filled with family gatherings, gift exchanges, and a welcome break from school routines. However, beneath the surface of holiday cheer, many teens […]

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

Thank You Veterans

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 […]

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, […]

A Silent Epidemic of Teen Mental Health

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I urge all parents to deeply understand their teens. This involves peeling away their layers of self-protection and grasping what truly motivates them. Often, it also means fostering a non-judgmental environment and seizing opportunities for meaningful dialogues. Providing Access to Teen Mental Health Resources One of my primary aims for A Brighter Day Charity is […]

Father’s Day: Strengthening Parent-Teen Connections for Emotional Health

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dedicated dads celebrating this special occasion, as well as those whose presence is remembered and cherished. Often, holidays such as Father’s Day present terrific opportunities to build stronger connections with our teenagers and truly discover what is circling around their adolescent emotional quotient. Despite the self-centered “me” nature of […]

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.   […]

Don’t Rely on Luck: Protect Your Teen’s Mental Health

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Every day, whether through face-to-face interactions or podcast conversations, I have the privilege of speaking to hundreds, even thousands, of adults about the reason A Brighter Day Charity exists and the positive impact we are having on families.  Our resources on stress and depression for teens and their families, with the ultimate goal of preventing […]

Valentine’s Day Blues: How Is Your Teen Coping?

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February and Valentine’s Day usually represent a time of love and everything associated with love. Romance, flowers, jewelry, fine food, and chocolates – these are all good! For your teen, however, this could be a time of feeling isolated, unloved, alone, and just not wanted. Think about it. Your spouse and you are planning something […]

Attention Parents: January & February Are the Worst Months for Teen Suicide 

Parent comforting their teen struggling with suicidal thoughts

First off, Happy New Year. We all wish for a healthy and happy 2023 for our teens. Most people think that the Christmas Season is the worst season for suicide. Actually, it is the beginning of the year. The isolation and sadness created by exacerbated teen depression, unfortunately, begin to move into the most negative of actions […]