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Sidelines to Frontlines: Parenting a Teen Athlete

Teen soccer team

Welcome to the fast-paced world of teen sports, where every game is more than just a display of physical talent. It’s a blend of hard work, discipline, and emotional ups and downs. As parents, you’re right in the thick of it, cheering from the sidelines and offering a shoulder when the going gets tough. Join […]

Does Valentine’s Day Affect Teen Depression?

Female writing Valentine's Day cards

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 […]

Smart Ways to Tackle Teen Stress: Essential Tips

Teen listening to music for stress

Let’s talk about something we all face: stress. Whether it’s the end-of-year exams, holiday chaos, or just trying to figure out where to fit in, stress can be like that annoying friend who just won’t leave. But here’s the thing – managing stress doesn’t have to be a drag. Let’s explore some effective stress-management strategies […]

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 […]

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 […]

Neurodiversity in Teens: Our Differences Make Us Who We Are

Neurodiversity

The term “neurodiverse” seems to be used everywhere today; social media, tv shows, movies, and more! While there is no single definition of this term, it typically is used to describe the differences in the ways people’s brains work. According to the Child Mind Institute, the term “neurodiversity” was created to help fight the stigma […]

The Power of Connection and Community

Teen volunteering at community event

Human connection and community are tools that are often underutilized and not talked about enough. Connecting with other people, both strangers and close friends, can have a positive impact on our physical and mental health that we never anticipated! Being able to connect with others allows us to feel understood, heard, and seen. We are […]

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 […]

Beyond High School: How to Manage Mixed Emotions in the Real World

High school teens getting ready for graduation

Congratulations on making it to the end of the school year! Chances are you are moving up a grade or will be graduating soon. Quite likely, you are experiencing a mix of emotions: excitement, nervousness, anticipation, and sadness. Having a combination of feelings about moving on to the next chapter in school or in life […]