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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 […]

Mental Health Basics

Mental Health Awareness Month

The term “mental health” has gained an immense amount of popularity and attention in recent years and is a hot topic in workplaces, schools, social media, and much more!  Navigating this complex term can be overwhelming as it encompasses so many different areas of psychology: mental illnesses, psychological health, emotional well-being, and mental wellness. If […]

Counseling vs. Therapy: Is There A Difference?

teen counseling and therapy

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 […]

Why Self-Esteem is Critical for Teen Mental Health

Teen girl with laptop and coffee covered with hearts

What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is defined as your subjective sense of overall personal worth or value. Having a healthy amount of self-esteem can benefit your mental well-being, your motivation, resilience, and more! Having too little or too much self-esteem can be problematic and manifest in various ways. While some of us might think that self-esteem […]

Finding the Perfect Mentor For Your Teen

Written notes on mentoring, advice, support, and motivation

What does the word “mentor” mean? If you have attended school, played a sport, or were involved in any type of activities that involved a group of people, you have likely heard of the term “mentor.” What does the word “mentor” mean? A mentor is someone who can support, advise and guide you.  Typically, this person takes the […]

Mental Health vs. Mental Wellness: What Parents Should Know

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”4.19.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” custom_margin=”-30px||||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.19.4″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”] During the month of January, we at A Brighter Day, along with many others, choose to celebrate Mental Wellness Month. Mental Wellness Month is focused on recognizing the importance of attending to our mental health […]

Why the New Year Can Bring Mixed Feelings

Teen girl with struggling with mixed feelings about New Year

It can be hard to admit to yourself that New Year’s Eve is not one of your favorite holidays to celebrate. It is supposed to be a time of extravagant parties, cheerful celebrations, a time for reflection, and setting goals for the new year, yet your emotions don’t match the festivities.  While the end of the […]

NPR’s The Spark: What are some of the causes for teen depression and ways to help?

Girl coping with teen depression and sitting alone

Our Founder and President, Elliot Kallen, is featured on NPR’s The Spark todiscuss teen depression and ways to help those experiencing it. Listen to the podcast below and click the forward button to share with family and friends. You can also catch the podcast on NPR’s Podcast Directory and Apple Podcasts. According to HealthDay News, 1 in 10 Americans suffer […]

Social Media and Our Perception of Reality

Teenage boy checking his social media likes for facebook and instagram

While social media can help build relationships, encourage connection, offer support, motivate young people, and spark one’s creative side, it can have negative implications if misused. Social Media Self-Perception vs. Reality There is no question that social media can negatively impact a person’s self-perception and mental health. Typically, this is caused by comparing ourselves to […]

Winter Break and Finals: 5 Ways to Encourage Your Teen

winter break and finals

With winter break on the horizon and final exams around the corner, it’s no surprise that your teen might be experiencing more stress and anxiety during this time of year.  There is a curriculum to cram, deadlines to meet, and pressure to do well on tests before leaving for the holiday break. Performing well on […]

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