Likes, Comments, & Shares -Social Currency

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Photo Credit: Kasunit Flickr via Compfight cc

Social media has connected the world unlike anything else ever has.  You can keep in contact with friends and family with ease as while as share individual experiences with the world.  Social media has undeniably changed how we all interact with one another, but can it also lead to negative outcomes? Continue reading Likes, Comments, & Shares -Social Currency

I’m Not Clicking with My Therapist

Your adolescent/young adult has decided to get professional help for the depression and anxiety they’ve been dealing with these last couple of months. After a few appointments with their new therapist, they feel like things just aren’t going well- maybe they don’t feel heard or understood, or they don’t feel

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like they’re getting the help they need, or maybe they sense a disconnect between themselves and the helping professional. Where do you and your adolescent/young adult go from here? Continue reading I’m Not Clicking with My Therapist

The Winter Blues

Now that we are in the midst of the winter season, it is important to think of ways to deal with the stress surrounding this time of year. For adolescents and young adults in school, the semester is wrapping up meaning there’s finals and papers to worry about before break. Stress can also be brought on by the various commitments many people have during the winter months. Sometimes, this time of year can be hard on the wallet as well. The wintertime can bring

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Photo Credit: Alexey Kljatov (ChaoticMind75) Flickr via Compfight cc

on feelings of loneliness and depression for some. Other factors like Seasonal Affective Disorder can lead some to feel stressed and depressed during the shorter, winter days. All of these things can add up to create what some refer to as the “winter blues.” By planning ahead, it is easier to prevent and lessen the stress and negative emotions that comes during this season for many. Here are some tips to do just that: Continue reading The Winter Blues

Healthy Peer Relationships

Sometimes it can be difficult as a parent to be sure adolescents and young adults
5657180323_d57b0abb2e_oare maintaining healthy peer relationships. Because adolescents and young adults spend so much time with their peers, unhealthy peer relationships can take a toll on them. While parents can’t have total control over teen relationships, there are ways to impact their choices and quality of relationships. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health outlined some great ways for parents and guardians to promote healthy peer relationships. Here are a few of those tips: Continue reading Healthy Peer Relationships

I’m a Better Person Without Social Media

An ambassador on our SOVA site recently wrote about her experience with social media in order to provide some guidance for others who might feel dependent on it. Here is what she had to say:

In this day and age, social media is the norm. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook—we spend so much time on these sites and apps that we don’t always realize the negative effects it can have on us.

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I’m one of those people. Continue reading I’m a Better Person Without Social Media

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is defined by PsychologyToday as a state of active, open attention to the present moment. When one is practicing mindfulness, there is a focus on present thoughts and feelings, but without judging them as good or bad. Mindfulness is a type of meditation that promotes living in the moment, rather than letting life pass by.  Continue reading Mindfulness

The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016

The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 is a bill recently created by United States Senate that makes great strides to strengthen the mental health system. The bill has not yet been voted on by Senate, but will hopefully get the chance to go to vote in fall 2016.

National Alliance on Mental Illness. (PRNewsFoto/National Alliance on Mental Illness)
National Alliance on Mental Illness. (PRNewsFoto/National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Here are some of the key changes the bill would make to benefit the mental health field: Continue reading The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016

Tips for Dealing with Depression

Recently, we introduced Dr. Erika Forbes, a professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Now that you know a little bit more about her and the studies she conducts, we wanted to share some of the pointers she had for adolescents and young adults coping with depression.

Here are some tips to help deal with depression from Dr. Erika Forbes, Ph.D: Continue reading Tips for Dealing with Depression