Mental Health Support this Holiday Season

This week, we wanted to share a few resources from professional mental health websites and practitioners to learn some coping mechanisms and suggestions specifically for the holiday season. We feel an obligation to be happy and cheery this time of year, but the reality is, it’s just as easy to feel depressed during the holidays as happy. No matter the reason for whatever may be making this holiday season difficult, we hope some of the following links may be of some help: Continue reading Mental Health Support this Holiday Season

Helping Your Child Determine Which Social Media Platforms are Best for Them

How many social media platforms can you name off the top of your head? There’s Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn (yes, even LinkedIn), Discord, Twitch…the list goes on.  Continue reading Helping Your Child Determine Which Social Media Platforms are Best for Them

How to Deal with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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Every year, millions of people deal with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and I happen to be one of them. I tend to have symptoms of depression such as sadness, little interest in doing things, and loss of concentration right around the time where the leaves begin to turn colors and the air becomes a bit colder. It usually lasts for a few months until the spring finally comes around. For me, I was not even aware that it existed until a few years ago when my doctor had brought it up during an appointment. Continue reading How to Deal with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives. We hope you can use their post to start a conversation with your adolescent.


Well it is winter. The days are shorter, it gets dark earlier and its going to get very very cold. With this change in the seasons, sometimes we can notice a change in ourselves. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is related to the change in seasons.

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2020: The Year of Growth

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‘Tis the season for families to come together and for more love than usual to spread across the world… or, at least that’s what’s supposed to happen. This year looks different. In 2020, we can’t see our friends and family in person, and for those of us whose love language is either quality time or physical touch, it’s very difficult to be able to feel loved. Continue reading 2020: The Year of Growth

Getting Through the Holidays with Difficult Family Dynamics

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‘Tis the season. Even though a lot of us have been spending so much “quality time” at home with our families, there is a special something about the holidays (mostly Thanksgiving and Christmas, but all the holidays in this season) that brings out traits in people that may lay dormant during the rest of the year. Continue reading Getting Through the Holidays with Difficult Family Dynamics

Thanksgiving and Eating Disorders

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As I’ve mentioned before, I struggle with binge eating. That being said, one of the biggest holidays revolving around food is coming up fast. This causes so much anxiety for me leading up to it. Continue reading Thanksgiving and Eating Disorders

Fighting the Sunday Scaries

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Since being placed in a new position at work a few months ago, I have found myself increasingly anxious on Sundays as the prospect of a new week looms. My new position comes with a lot of added responsibility which, for me, translates into a lot of added stress. I work hard each Sunday to find techniques that calm me down and help me enter the week more prepared. Continue reading Fighting the Sunday Scaries

Weekend Reads: Support for Your and Your Child’s Mental Health this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday to navigate. Although it’s meant to be, well, a thankful time of year, it can still be painful for many. The history behind the holiday, the emphasis of being around family, and the potential of being around all kinds of triggers can make the upcoming week mentally taxing. Others might be anxious about the expectation of cooking for hours, while many might be grieving this year due to losses of those close to them or not being able to hold a “traditional” Thanksgiving due to the pandemic. Continue reading Weekend Reads: Support for Your and Your Child’s Mental Health this Thanksgiving

Curating a Personally Positive Social Media Experience

While it’s impossible to tell everyone that you’re following on any of your social media platforms what they should be posting, it can sometimes be tempting to. This is true now more than ever: there are common themes of the kinds of posts that you’ve likely seen on your feeds, and while some are more helpful than others, it can get overwhelming, stress-inducing, and quite frankly, just not the type of content that you want to see right now. Continue reading Curating a Personally Positive Social Media Experience