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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Don’t Become a Statistic!

I am called a “survivor.”  My son, Jake, took his life at age 19 by jumping in front of an oncoming truck on a Montana Interstate. Absolutely horrible and our lives will never be the same. Was he on drugs or alcohol? No. Was he on anti-depressant medication? No. Did he share his feelings with […]

July 4th: Independence and Your Teen

July 4th teens and family

Let me begin by wishing you a Happy July 4th, the day of the official signing of the Declaration of Independence when we went from a colony to a country.  Millions of Americans have died since 1776 to allow all of us to keep our freedoms and liberties, the greatest experiment in democracy and capitalism […]

Independence Day and Your Teen

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, celebrates the country's separation from the British Empire in 1776 and the founding of the U.S.

Take a moment to step back and think: What were you doing on July 4th, 2020? In our family, I recall we were dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Our twins were living in separate states halfway across the country, the future of our economy was up in the air, and every day, it seemed […]

Father’s Day and Your Teen

advice from Elliot Kallen about how to talk to your teen

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Let me begin by wishing all the dads a terrific day and hope you spend time with your family and friends. This Father’s Day weekend, I urge you to take the time to check in with your teens. Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek say they have […]

Avoiding Those Teen Summertime Blues

how teen mental health is impacted by covid 19 pandemic quarantine and lockdown

In just a few weeks, the 2020-2021 school year will end.  Most teens have barely had time to socialize with peers in meaningful ways. Without a doubt, this past school year has been the most difficult for teens in more than a generation. Because of COVID-19… We asked them to stop spending time in person […]

Why You Feel Sad During Winter (And What to Do About It)

sad teenage girl holding giant teddy bear

It’s to be expected that we all feel more cheerful during the summer months when the weather is nice, rather than during the grey and dreary months of winter. But can the seasons really affect our mood and behavior? The science says Yes. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? If you’ve noticed the following symptoms […]