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Resources for Teen Mental Health

In alignment with our mission to empower and restore families, we’ve compiled mental health resources for teens to inform, educate, and inspire our greater community. As a teen treatment program, we’re dedicated to helping young people and families live healthier, happier lives. 

Research shows that volunteering offers mental and physical health benefits that strengthen your resilience. So for today`s #ResiliencyMonday tool, we are talking about giving to others.

We know parents are always giving to their children, but what are some small practical or mindset changes that can bring more connection in you life as a family? A few good ones are: Put away your phone when talking to your kids, schedule 1-on-1 time with them if that`s rare, listen carefully without interrupting, or ask them to share something they love or are currently obsessed with.

Teens can utilize this tool by doing something kind for someone every day. It can be something as small as holding the door open for someone or complimenting a friend—or something that takes a little more time and effort, like taking a neighbor`s dog for a walk when they`re sick or calling an older relative to see how they`re doing. These gestures are simple, yet they can make a huge difference in other people`s lives.

“If you’re having a particularly hard day, it can feel like the hardest thing in the world to reach out to another human, and yet that is often the connection we need the most.” —Jennifer Dragonette, PsyD, Newport Clinical Services Instructor

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResiliencyMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens
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Welcome to week 3 of #ResilienceMondays ...Today is all about gratitude. By consciously activating a sense of gratitude, we can enhance our happiness levels and strengthen our overall resilience.

Parents, why don`t you create a family gratitude jar? Decorate a jar with anything you find beautiful and leave it in a common area of the house. Cut up little slips of paper and leave them in a bowl next to the jar with a few colorful markers, and invite family members to stop by once a day to reflect on what they`re grateful for and write it down on a slip of paper. When the jar is full, or on a pre-determined day, read each paper one by one and savor the good memories and experiences you`ve had as a family!

Teens, find a small object that feels good to hold or has an interesting texture and carry it with you every day. Whenever you see or touch this object, pause to remember something you`re grateful for that day. When you take it our of your pocket for the day, you can look back on the things that made you feel good that day.

"Gratitude is a choice. It`s a muscle we can strengthen through daily practice." —Michel Menneson, MD, Newport Psychiatrist

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResiliencyMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens #gratitude
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Research shows that volunteering offers mental and physical health benefits that strengthen your resilience. So for today`s #ResiliencyMonday tool, we are talking about giving to others.

We know parents are always giving to their children, but what are some small practical or mindset changes that can bring more connection in you life as a family? A few good ones are: Put away your phone when talking to your kids, schedule 1-on-1 time with them if that`s rare, listen carefully without interrupting, or ask them to share something they love or are currently obsessed with.

Teens can utilize this tool by doing something kind for someone every day. It can be something as small as holding the door open for someone or complimenting a friend—or something that takes a little more time and effort, like taking a neighbor`s dog for a walk when they`re sick or calling an older relative to see how they`re doing. These gestures are simple, yet they can make a huge difference in other people`s lives.

“If you’re having a particularly hard day, it can feel like the hardest thing in the world to reach out to another human, and yet that is often the connection we need the most.” —Jennifer Dragonette, PsyD, Newport Clinical Services Instructor

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResiliencyMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens
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Welcome to week 3 of #ResilienceMondays ...Today is all about gratitude. By consciously activating a sense of gratitude, we can enhance our happiness levels and strengthen our overall resilience.

Parents, why don`t you create a family gratitude jar? Decorate a jar with anything you find beautiful and leave it in a common area of the house. Cut up little slips of paper and leave them in a bowl next to the jar with a few colorful markers, and invite family members to stop by once a day to reflect on what they`re grateful for and write it down on a slip of paper. When the jar is full, or on a pre-determined day, read each paper one by one and savor the good memories and experiences you`ve had as a family!

Teens, find a small object that feels good to hold or has an interesting texture and carry it with you every day. Whenever you see or touch this object, pause to remember something you`re grateful for that day. When you take it our of your pocket for the day, you can look back on the things that made you feel good that day.

"Gratitude is a choice. It`s a muscle we can strengthen through daily practice." —Michel Menneson, MD, Newport Psychiatrist

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResiliencyMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens #gratitude
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Happy #ResilienceMonday ! If you`re unsure what we`re talking about, go back to last week`s post. We promise, it`s worth it!

Today we have resiliency tool #2... Self-compassion. Self-compassion means extending the same kindness and forgiveness to yourself as you would to a friend or loved one. Parents, a great way to achieve that is through supportive touch. When you`re feeling stressed, take 2 or 3 deep and satisfying breaths. Place your hands on your chest, feeling the gentle pressure and warmth of your hands. Feel the natural rising and falling of your chest as you breathe. Linger with this calming feeling for as long as you like.

Teens: Think about a time when a close friend felt bad about themselves. How would you/did you respond? Now write that down in the exact tone and words you would say to a friend. Next, think of a time you felt bad and how you speak to yourself. Write that down.... Do you notice a difference? Ask yourself why and next time you`re struggling, try talking to yourself the way you would to a close friend.

"Notice how much you invest in those who you find worthy of love, and treat yourself as you would those people" —Leigh McInnis, LPC, Newport Executive Director

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResilienceMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens
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A number of environmental factors can trigger and exacerbate symptoms of bipolar disorder. Many of them start in the teenage years due to a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors.

Individuals with bipolar disorder struggle to properly regulate their moods, but bringing awareness to this condition can be the first step to ensure teens live a healthy balanced lives.
 
#bipolarawareness #bipolardisorderawareness #worldbipolarday #traumarecovery #traumahealing #traumainformed #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #therapyworks #mentalhealthtips #parentingtips #parentingteens #parentingteenagers #teenmentalhealth #teenmentalhealthawareness
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A new research shows that 25% of young people have engaged in self-harm. These rates represent a steep rise over the past decade. Although self-harm is not considered a mental illness, it is an unhealthy coping mechanism associated with mental health concerns.

Not all self-harm looks the same! It’s important parents learn how to identify different types of self-harm in teens.
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#selfharmawareness #selfharmawarenessmonth #selfinjuryawareness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalwellness #parentingtips #parentinghacks #parentingteens #parentingteenagers #selfinjuryrecovery
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We all need tools for navigating hard times and difficult emotions, and ways to build resilience against stress and depression. And building resilience in children and teens is especially important, because childhood and adolescence are times of intense change and challenge.

Although parents can do a lot to help teens build resilience, buiding healthy habits is a very important step that can help the entire family. If you incorporate these things into your life as a family, it’s more likely that your child will continue them as they grow into adolescence and young adulthood.

What other healthy habits can help teens regulate their emotions and become more resilient?

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #SmilingDepression #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenAngst #Buildingresilience #ResilienceTools
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1 in 4 people are affected by mental health concerns, yet so many of us are still afraid to talk about it. In recent years, with the help of social media, we have been breaking the taboo and giving folks the space to share. But with a long way to go still until mental health conditions receive the same attention as other health concerns, we need to keep expanding the conversation.

Why don’t we start by letting our loved ones know what we need from them to feel safe sharing our struggles? Is it validation? a hug? or simple undivided attention?

#timetotalkday #timetotalk #talkaboutmentalhealth #timetotalkaboutmentalhealth #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalwellness #breakthestigma #breakthetaboo #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #parentingtips #parentingsupport #parentingteens #parentinghacks
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Empathy, connection, and love are more powerful than hate and vengeance. In difficult times, lean into your loved ones, support one another, and use your voice for change.

#PeacefulChange #FightForChange #MentalHealthSupport #MentalHealthMatters
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Raising a healthy child is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world. In healthy parent-child relationships, parents give and children receive. The role of a parent is to provide care and unconditional love so that children are free to focus their energy on learning and growing. However, not all individuals have the stability and inner resources to be this kind of parent.

It`s important that parents take the time to learn coping skills and tools to build emotional resilience. When they don`t have the proper tools, parents sometimes parentify their kids—relying on their children for emotional and/or practical support, rather than providing it. Parentification can result in relational trauma for the children.

Parents who find themselves in these situations shouldn`t feel shame or guilt as they`re not alone; research estimates that 1.4 million children experience this in the United States. However, parents should take action and seek professional help to repair the damage and learn skills for developing healthy boundaries within the family.

#teenmentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthadvocate #mensmentalhealth #mensmentalhealthawareness #parentingteens #parentingtips #parenting #teenwellbeing #teenselfcare #parentingstruggles #parentification #generationaltrauma #childhoodtrauma #relationaltrauma #emotionaltrauma
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Smiling depression is real. It’s a form of depression in which a person appears to be happy and even thriving on the outside, while suffering on the inside.

A teen with smiling depression may get good grades, do lots of extracurricular activities, and have a large circle of friends, all while hiding their true feelings even from those who are closest to them.

The biggest danger of smiling depression is that it will go unnoticed and therefore untreated. Since signs of this type of depression are so subtle, it’s important to pay attention to your teen and maintain a healthy and open line of communications. Even when they appear to be doing well.
 
Help is available. If this is an emergency, call 988.
 
#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #SmilingDepression #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenAngst #HolidayDepression #HolidayBlues #HiddenDepression #suicideprevention
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Research shows that volunteering offers mental and physical health benefits that strengthen your resilience. So for today`s #ResiliencyMonday tool, we are talking about giving to others.

We know parents are always giving to their children, but what are some small practical or mindset changes that can bring more connection in you life as a family? A few good ones are: Put away your phone when talking to your kids, schedule 1-on-1 time with them if that`s rare, listen carefully without interrupting, or ask them to share something they love or are currently obsessed with.

Teens can utilize this tool by doing something kind for someone every day. It can be something as small as holding the door open for someone or complimenting a friend—or something that takes a little more time and effort, like taking a neighbor`s dog for a walk when they`re sick or calling an older relative to see how they`re doing. These gestures are simple, yet they can make a huge difference in other people`s lives.

“If you’re having a particularly hard day, it can feel like the hardest thing in the world to reach out to another human, and yet that is often the connection we need the most.” —Jennifer Dragonette, PsyD, Newport Clinical Services Instructor

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResiliencyMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens
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Welcome to week 3 of #ResilienceMondays ...Today is all about gratitude. By consciously activating a sense of gratitude, we can enhance our happiness levels and strengthen our overall resilience.

Parents, why don`t you create a family gratitude jar? Decorate a jar with anything you find beautiful and leave it in a common area of the house. Cut up little slips of paper and leave them in a bowl next to the jar with a few colorful markers, and invite family members to stop by once a day to reflect on what they`re grateful for and write it down on a slip of paper. When the jar is full, or on a pre-determined day, read each paper one by one and savor the good memories and experiences you`ve had as a family!

Teens, find a small object that feels good to hold or has an interesting texture and carry it with you every day. Whenever you see or touch this object, pause to remember something you`re grateful for that day. When you take it our of your pocket for the day, you can look back on the things that made you feel good that day.

"Gratitude is a choice. It`s a muscle we can strengthen through daily practice." —Michel Menneson, MD, Newport Psychiatrist

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResiliencyMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens #gratitude
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Happy #ResilienceMonday ! If you`re unsure what we`re talking about, go back to last week`s post. We promise, it`s worth it!

Today we have resiliency tool #2... Self-compassion. Self-compassion means extending the same kindness and forgiveness to yourself as you would to a friend or loved one. Parents, a great way to achieve that is through supportive touch. When you`re feeling stressed, take 2 or 3 deep and satisfying breaths. Place your hands on your chest, feeling the gentle pressure and warmth of your hands. Feel the natural rising and falling of your chest as you breathe. Linger with this calming feeling for as long as you like.

Teens: Think about a time when a close friend felt bad about themselves. How would you/did you respond? Now write that down in the exact tone and words you would say to a friend. Next, think of a time you felt bad and how you speak to yourself. Write that down.... Do you notice a difference? Ask yourself why and next time you`re struggling, try talking to yourself the way you would to a close friend.

"Notice how much you invest in those who you find worthy of love, and treat yourself as you would those people" —Leigh McInnis, LPC, Newport Executive Director

#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #TeenMentalHealth #BuildResilience #StrenghteningResilienceTogether #NHSRT2023 #MHAM2023 #ResilienceMondays #resiliencytips #parentingtips #parentingteens
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A number of environmental factors can trigger and exacerbate symptoms of bipolar disorder. Many of them start in the teenage years due to a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors.

Individuals with bipolar disorder struggle to properly regulate their moods, but bringing awareness to this condition can be the first step to ensure teens live a healthy balanced lives.
 
#bipolarawareness #bipolardisorderawareness #worldbipolarday #traumarecovery #traumahealing #traumainformed #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #therapyworks #mentalhealthtips #parentingtips #parentingteens #parentingteenagers #teenmentalhealth #teenmentalhealthawareness
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A new research shows that 25% of young people have engaged in self-harm. These rates represent a steep rise over the past decade. Although self-harm is not considered a mental illness, it is an unhealthy coping mechanism associated with mental health concerns.

Not all self-harm looks the same! It’s important parents learn how to identify different types of self-harm in teens.
.
.
#selfharmawareness #selfharmawarenessmonth #selfinjuryawareness #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalwellness #parentingtips #parentinghacks #parentingteens #parentingteenagers #selfinjuryrecovery
...

We all need tools for navigating hard times and difficult emotions, and ways to build resilience against stress and depression. And building resilience in children and teens is especially important, because childhood and adolescence are times of intense change and challenge.

Although parents can do a lot to help teens build resilience, buiding healthy habits is a very important step that can help the entire family. If you incorporate these things into your life as a family, it’s more likely that your child will continue them as they grow into adolescence and young adulthood.

What other healthy habits can help teens regulate their emotions and become more resilient?

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #SmilingDepression #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenAngst #Buildingresilience #ResilienceTools
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1 in 4 people are affected by mental health concerns, yet so many of us are still afraid to talk about it. In recent years, with the help of social media, we have been breaking the taboo and giving folks the space to share. But with a long way to go still until mental health conditions receive the same attention as other health concerns, we need to keep expanding the conversation.

Why don’t we start by letting our loved ones know what we need from them to feel safe sharing our struggles? Is it validation? a hug? or simple undivided attention?

#timetotalkday #timetotalk #talkaboutmentalhealth #timetotalkaboutmentalhealth #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalwellness #breakthestigma #breakthetaboo #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #parentingtips #parentingsupport #parentingteens #parentinghacks
...

Empathy, connection, and love are more powerful than hate and vengeance. In difficult times, lean into your loved ones, support one another, and use your voice for change.

#PeacefulChange #FightForChange #MentalHealthSupport #MentalHealthMatters
...

Raising a healthy child is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world. In healthy parent-child relationships, parents give and children receive. The role of a parent is to provide care and unconditional love so that children are free to focus their energy on learning and growing. However, not all individuals have the stability and inner resources to be this kind of parent.

It`s important that parents take the time to learn coping skills and tools to build emotional resilience. When they don`t have the proper tools, parents sometimes parentify their kids—relying on their children for emotional and/or practical support, rather than providing it. Parentification can result in relational trauma for the children.

Parents who find themselves in these situations shouldn`t feel shame or guilt as they`re not alone; research estimates that 1.4 million children experience this in the United States. However, parents should take action and seek professional help to repair the damage and learn skills for developing healthy boundaries within the family.

#teenmentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthadvocate #mensmentalhealth #mensmentalhealthawareness #parentingteens #parentingtips #parenting #teenwellbeing #teenselfcare #parentingstruggles #parentification #generationaltrauma #childhoodtrauma #relationaltrauma #emotionaltrauma
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Smiling depression is real. It’s a form of depression in which a person appears to be happy and even thriving on the outside, while suffering on the inside.

A teen with smiling depression may get good grades, do lots of extracurricular activities, and have a large circle of friends, all while hiding their true feelings even from those who are closest to them.

The biggest danger of smiling depression is that it will go unnoticed and therefore untreated. Since signs of this type of depression are so subtle, it’s important to pay attention to your teen and maintain a healthy and open line of communications. Even when they appear to be doing well.
 
Help is available. If this is an emergency, call 988.
 
#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #SmilingDepression #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenAngst #HolidayDepression #HolidayBlues #HiddenDepression #suicideprevention
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