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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. 

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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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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We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and in sympathy for the lives tragically lost at Club Q.

#Loveislove #lgbtq #lovewins #lgbtqpride
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Being transgender is not a mental health condition, any more than being cisgender is. However, being transgender can present specific challenges that increase the likelihood of anxiety, depression, or other conditions. For example, transgender people may face rejection by family and friends, societal stigma and prejudice, and reduced access to healthcare.

Sometimes children or teens know they are trans but are afraid to come out. They might be concerned about rejection, stigma, or bullying.

In most cases, the initial confusion and anxiety evolves into experimentation, gradual acceptance, and eventually integration and expression of one’s identity. Studies on transgender identity development find that being able to fully express one’s gender and having a sense of self is essential, no matter how the participants express their gender identity. Moreover, having a safe space to experiment with their gender presentation is instrumental in the process of identity development.

Fortunately, parental support can buffer against the challenges that transgender teens face. When trans teens feel accepted by their families, their health, self-esteem, and social support improve. Moreover, they are less vulnerable to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. Hence, the most important aspect of supporting a transgender teenager is providing unconditional love and support.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenPTSD #TeenTrauma #TransgenderMentalHealth #TransgenderMatters
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It’s bad enough for parents to be struggling with burnout. But unfortunately, parental burnout also impacts the children living at home. Of course, parents are only human, too. They can’t be expected to make the right decisions every time. And they shouldn’t beat themselves up about being tired or emotionally unavailable for their kids sometimes. However, if parental burnout is allowed to continue, the repercussions for parents and children can be severe.

Besides the three aspects of parental burnout above, the Working Parent Burnout Scale, created by the Ohio State University researchers, can be used to help both parents and clinicians determine whether a parent is experiencing burnout.

Asking for help is the first step to address parental burnout, but it’s worth knowing you’re not alone! Research shows parental burnout is common. Release the shame and that will free up emotional energy that can be used to shift what’s not working.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #parentalburnout
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84% of teens use social media, and 62% of teens use it every day, so it is natural for parents to be interested in their kids’ social life online. Becoming friends with your teen on their social profiles is one way to learn more about what they’re up to. However, there should be some boundaries so that the relationship can remain healthy.

According to a recent study, 83% of parents are friends with their teens on social media. However, parents who follow their children on social media might not always like what they see. Even so, they need to respect that their teens have their own relationships and styles of expressing themselves.

Here are a few guidelines on what to do and not to do if you choose to connect with your teen on social media.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenOnSocialMedia
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The difference between trauma and PTSD isn’t defined by the severity or type of event. Rather, it is defined by how the traumatic event affects each individual teen, and how long the traumatic response continues.

The main difference between trauma and PTSD is length of time. Trauma refers to an individual’s experience during and immediately after a life-threatening or highly distressing event. Trauma that is not processed in the mind and body can progress into PTSD, which is a specific mental health diagnosis. PTSD criteria includes symptoms lasting longer than a month that are severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.

When it comes to trauma and PTSD, the most important thing to understand is that early treatment is essential to limit the negative impact of trauma. The most effective way to heal trauma before it becomes PTSD is through one of many different trauma treatment therapy methods.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenPTSD #TeenTrauma
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As a society, we are finally reducing the stigma around mental health—and youth mental health in particular. The topic has permeated our culture and become one of the most talked-about issues on social media, in schools, and in the news.

Awareness is the first step—but awareness alone is not enough. In order for more young people to receive the treatment they need, families must take the next step and overcome obstacles to care, both practical and psychological.

Learn how to recognize when a teen needs professional support.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips
...

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
...

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and in sympathy for the lives tragically lost at Club Q.

#Loveislove #lgbtq #lovewins #lgbtqpride
...

Being transgender is not a mental health condition, any more than being cisgender is. However, being transgender can present specific challenges that increase the likelihood of anxiety, depression, or other conditions. For example, transgender people may face rejection by family and friends, societal stigma and prejudice, and reduced access to healthcare.

Sometimes children or teens know they are trans but are afraid to come out. They might be concerned about rejection, stigma, or bullying.

In most cases, the initial confusion and anxiety evolves into experimentation, gradual acceptance, and eventually integration and expression of one’s identity. Studies on transgender identity development find that being able to fully express one’s gender and having a sense of self is essential, no matter how the participants express their gender identity. Moreover, having a safe space to experiment with their gender presentation is instrumental in the process of identity development.

Fortunately, parental support can buffer against the challenges that transgender teens face. When trans teens feel accepted by their families, their health, self-esteem, and social support improve. Moreover, they are less vulnerable to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. Hence, the most important aspect of supporting a transgender teenager is providing unconditional love and support.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenPTSD #TeenTrauma #TransgenderMentalHealth #TransgenderMatters
...

It’s bad enough for parents to be struggling with burnout. But unfortunately, parental burnout also impacts the children living at home. Of course, parents are only human, too. They can’t be expected to make the right decisions every time. And they shouldn’t beat themselves up about being tired or emotionally unavailable for their kids sometimes. However, if parental burnout is allowed to continue, the repercussions for parents and children can be severe.

Besides the three aspects of parental burnout above, the Working Parent Burnout Scale, created by the Ohio State University researchers, can be used to help both parents and clinicians determine whether a parent is experiencing burnout.

Asking for help is the first step to address parental burnout, but it’s worth knowing you’re not alone! Research shows parental burnout is common. Release the shame and that will free up emotional energy that can be used to shift what’s not working.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #parentalburnout
...

84% of teens use social media, and 62% of teens use it every day, so it is natural for parents to be interested in their kids’ social life online. Becoming friends with your teen on their social profiles is one way to learn more about what they’re up to. However, there should be some boundaries so that the relationship can remain healthy.

According to a recent study, 83% of parents are friends with their teens on social media. However, parents who follow their children on social media might not always like what they see. Even so, they need to respect that their teens have their own relationships and styles of expressing themselves.

Here are a few guidelines on what to do and not to do if you choose to connect with your teen on social media.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenOnSocialMedia
...

The difference between trauma and PTSD isn’t defined by the severity or type of event. Rather, it is defined by how the traumatic event affects each individual teen, and how long the traumatic response continues.

The main difference between trauma and PTSD is length of time. Trauma refers to an individual’s experience during and immediately after a life-threatening or highly distressing event. Trauma that is not processed in the mind and body can progress into PTSD, which is a specific mental health diagnosis. PTSD criteria includes symptoms lasting longer than a month that are severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.

When it comes to trauma and PTSD, the most important thing to understand is that early treatment is essential to limit the negative impact of trauma. The most effective way to heal trauma before it becomes PTSD is through one of many different trauma treatment therapy methods.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips #TeenPTSD #TeenTrauma
...

As a society, we are finally reducing the stigma around mental health—and youth mental health in particular. The topic has permeated our culture and become one of the most talked-about issues on social media, in schools, and in the news.

Awareness is the first step—but awareness alone is not enough. In order for more young people to receive the treatment they need, families must take the next step and overcome obstacles to care, both practical and psychological.

Learn how to recognize when a teen needs professional support.

#TeenMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvisory #ParentingTeens #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #mentalhealthtips #parentingsupport #mentalillness #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthcheck #FromAwarenessToAction #SupportingParents #ParentingTips
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