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What Instagram Hiding Likes Could Mean For Your Mental Health

Refinery 29 features Dr. Jennifer Dragonette, Executive Director at Newport Academy, and discusses Instagram’s recent announcement that it will begin hiding users’ likes on Instagram posts. Dr. Dragonette explains that receiving a like produces the same physiological high as eating chocolate or winning money. Additionally, she shares that social media can negatively impact user’s mental health and she also predicts what researchers could potentially learn from this new initiative by Instagram.
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Why Do Kids Bully? Here’s What We Know

CBS features Ted Guastello, Vice President of Operations at Newport Academy, outlining why a teen might bully, and he explains signs to look out for if a child is a bullying victim. He highlights the importance of connection with children and teens, and stresses that parents need to have a pulse on what’s going on in their household and with their child. Ted also mentions how Newport Academy addresses issues like this with teens, explaining that experts look to treat underlying causes.
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How to Create a Realistic Self-Care Checklist

Well + Good features Jamison Monroe, Founder and CEO of Newport Academy, offering insight on ways to establish a realistic self-care routine, and how to identify which areas of your life need more attention. Jamison explains why self-care is the opposite of selfish, and why a self-care checklist is “the wellness version of putting on your oxygen mask first.”
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How Stimulants Can Harm Your Health

Teen Vogue features Newport Academy’s Heather Senior Monroe, LCSW, on the dangers of stimulants. Taking pills might seem most prominent in party culture, but it isn’t happening just at raves or concerts; it’s taking place in classrooms and libraries, too. According to a 2015 review by researchers at the University of South Carolina, one in six college students misuse prescription stimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse.
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Industry Leader Saving Lives

Fox News features Newport Academy as an industry leader, and highlights the Newport Academy Adventure Therapy program. As a child, Sierra was depressed and anxious. She began self-harming in eighth grade, before turning to binge drinking, abusing Xanax in high school, and eventually becoming suicidal. Then she came to Newport Academy.
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How to Find the Best Treatment

Jamison Monroe Jr. shares wisdom on how to find the best mental health treatment. The first thing that parents seeking treatment for their children need to know: You are not alone. Our country is experiencing an adolescent mental health crisis. The time for truly comprehensive care for teenagers has never been more critical to society than it is now.
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Growing Food Is Part of the Program

Newport Academy experts offer a look at our Horticulture and Culinary Therapy programs. The therapeutic benefits of horticulture aren’t just about eating healthier food. Therapy at Newport Academy includes learning to think about the future in positive terms, and nurturing growth in our gardens supports that new worldview.
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7 Signs Your Body Needs to Chill

Jamison Monroe Jr. shares tips on how to unwind. If you think you can burn the candle at both ends and outsmart your body, you're wrong. The body and mind can only handle so much before they start to show signs of wear and tear.
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#4 of 5 ways to spend (stress-free) time with family during the holidays: MAKE MEAL PREP A FAMILY AFFAIR.

Preparing holiday meals is a big job. Make it easier and more fun by involving the whole family. Each person can choose a dish they want to make, or you can divide up tasks!

Do you like to be involved in meal prep? Comment ✔️if you're in and 🚫 if you need a little motivation.

#5 coming tomorrow ...
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#2 of 5 ways to spend (stress-free) time with family during the holidays: MAKE GRATITUDE LISTS TOGETHER.

Here a few ideas to get you started:

Have each person write a letter from their future self to their present self, imagining everything that they will be grateful for by the end of 2020. Read them out loud to each other.

Create a family gratitude list that everyone contributes to over time. Hang it on the fridge or in another easily accessible spot.

Tag your family members in the comments on this post to let them know how grateful you are for them.

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It's true. The holidays can be stressful for families. Sometimes parents and teens dread family gatherings. This year, transform toxic family holidays by doing things together that create harmony and positive emotions.

To help out, we're giving you "5 Ways to Spend (Stress-Free) Time with Family" during the holidays. You'll get one idea per day, each day this week!

#1 VOLUNTEER TOGETHER

In addition to supporting family connections, research shows that volunteering offers mental and physical health benefits. When we help others, our brains produce more feel-good chemicals, like oxytocin and progesterone. In turn, these neurochemicals lower stress and promote overall health and well-being.

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"Just say know." Respected author @David_Sheff and his son @Nic _Sheff have created a powerful addiction resource for families, "High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction." We're aligned with their beliefs that education and open, honest conversations about drug and alcohol abuse allow parents and teens to communicate better. This can help facilitate families getting the help and support they need if they find themselves in crisis.

Family time is upfront and center during the holidays, so there's no better time than now to empower your family with this inspiring resource.

Check it out in our #FridayReads—link in bio!
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What stresses out teens? According to some studies ... Instagram likes!

Newport Academy's Dr. Jennifer Dragonette, PsyD talked to @Refinery29 about how #teenmentalhealth may be impacted by Instagram removing the public visibility of likes.

Link in bio for the article, but let us know what you think about not being able to see the amount of likes on your posts 👇🏽.
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If you can name it, you can tame it.

Holiday stress manifests in many ways. We have to be able to acknowledge what's going on to address it effectively.

Mental health concerns can compound the impact of the season's pressure. It's important to be actively engaged in a program that addresses the root cause of the challenge, manages symptoms, and provides on-going support.

There are many levels of care to consider including Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Residential.

If you or someone you love is struggling this holiday season, please reach out for help. We're here for families 24/7 at 877.599.5339.
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We can get through this — together.

Holiday stress doesn't stand a chance with a support system. We fortify our programming with a stellar Alumni Team that provides a community for sustainable healing.

Get know Newport Academy staff, alumni, and parents sharing their experience, strength, and hope by visiting our link in bio.
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Stress is not what happens to us. It's a response to what happens.

December is National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month so we'll be examining how the stress response can show up during this busy time of year. We'll also share ways to support your mental health so you can enjoy the gifts of the season.

Link in bio to learn more about how Newport Academy helps empower teens to manage stress and other mental health challenges each and every day.
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We hope you had a thank-full Thanksgiving.

Here's your #FridayReads on the power of gratitude and how it can impact teen mental health. Link in bio!
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#MondayMotivation for Thanksgiving week!

It's easy to let #selfcare practices go during this busy time of year. But, they're more important than ever, especially if you're managing a #mentalhealth concern.

A survey on the #holidayblues by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (@namicommunicate) reported that approximately 24% of people with a diagnosed mental illness find that the holidays make their condition “a lot” worse and 40% “somewhat” worse.

But, short-term mental health challenges are common and should be addressed as well. Some examples the survey found were that 755 of the overall respondents reported that the holidays contribute to feelings of sadness and dissatisfaction, 68% of survey participants felt financially strained, 66% experienced loneliness, 63% felt an overwhelming sense of pressure, 55% found themselves remembering happier times in the past contrasting with the present, and 50% were unable to be with loved ones.

We want to know—how do you avoid or minimize the holiday blues? What are some ways you can support your mental health during this time of year?

And remember—if you or a loved one are struggling and need help, know we're here for you. Call our team at 877.599.5339.
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Holiday meals can be a time to dig into more than a home-cooked meal.

It's an opportunity for kids to reach out to their family if they're struggling and for parents to listen closely for clues indicating that a teen needs help with mental health concerns.

Our #FridayReads puts it all out on the table. Link in bio!
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What are you grateful for?

While major depression and severe anxiety call for professional treatment, positive psychology research has shown that purposeful expression of thanks can help elevate spirits, especially around this time of year, when everyone, including teens and young adults, can be vulnerable to waves of feelings.
(@Harvard Health Publishing, @HarvardMedical)

So, feel your feelings and perhaps try utilizing gratitude as a tool to navigate the waters. If you or someone you know is struggling and needs professional support, reach out to us. We're here to help.
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#4 of 5 ways to spend (stress-free) time with family during the holidays: MAKE MEAL PREP A FAMILY AFFAIR.

Preparing holiday meals is a big job. Make it easier and more fun by involving the whole family. Each person can choose a dish they want to make, or you can divide up tasks!

Do you like to be involved in meal prep? Comment ✔️if you're in and 🚫 if you need a little motivation.

#5 coming tomorrow ...
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#2 of 5 ways to spend (stress-free) time with family during the holidays: MAKE GRATITUDE LISTS TOGETHER.

Here a few ideas to get you started:

Have each person write a letter from their future self to their present self, imagining everything that they will be grateful for by the end of 2020. Read them out loud to each other.

Create a family gratitude list that everyone contributes to over time. Hang it on the fridge or in another easily accessible spot.

Tag your family members in the comments on this post to let them know how grateful you are for them.

#3 coming tomorrow ...



(Image via: @wholeheartedschoolcounseling)
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