Awareness

This section of our site provides information to help you learn some facts about the youth suicide epidemic.  Becoming more aware of potential problems is the best way to begin to prevent future tragedies.

Adolescence: When Is It Time To Be Concerned?

Normal adolescence is confusing enough for adolescents and family members. Risk-taking behaviors, mood swings and experimentation become more common. So when is it time to be concerned? At what point do parents confront the adolescent or get help for all family members? This tipsheet will address what isn’t considered simply … read more »

Alcohol Use By Teens

Attention parents: the majority of adolescents drink alcohol, and whether you like it or not, your teenage child may in fact be among them. This is a reality that naturally many parents want to deny, but the best way to combat this problem is with honesty. You may have to … read more »

Your Worried and Anxious Child

Anxiety, worry, fear – we think of these as emotions for adults, not children, right? What do children have to be worried and anxious about anyway? They don’t have bills to pay, or bosses to account to, or demanding spouses. They don’t have to worry about their taxes, or the … read more »

When Your Teenager Is Being Bullied

Bullying is a serious problem that can have significant and severe consequences for teens. Bullying can be defined as aggressive behavior that is intentional, humiliating or frightening, dominating and which occurs over time. Bullying can include Physical Bullying (hitting, punching, pushing), Verbal Bullying (name calling, threats, rumor spreading) and Emotional … read more »

Ways To Help Your Children Cope With Change

  Unlike adults, children lack control over many aspects of their lives. That’s why they feel more comfortable with routines and familiar faces. Children can feel confused, afraid and even hostile when they find themselves in the midst of a change brought about by a family move, the addition of … read more »

Warning Signs of Suicide for Teens & Knowing What to Do

“Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all persons regardless of age, sex or race; the third leading cause of death for young peoples ages 15-24; the fourth leading cause of death for persons ages 10-14” according to a study by P.E. Muller. Suicide is preventable and treatable … read more »

The Worried Parent

When September approaches many parents begin to feel some anxiety about the coming school year. How will my child do this year? Will he or she like his teacher? Make friends? Make the honor roll? Make the team? Get into the college of his/her choice? Whatever age/stage you are at … read more »

Talking With Your Teen About Alcohol

Alcohol abuse and dependence is not only an adult problem. In fact, the average age when youth first try alcohol is 11 years for boys and 13 years for girls. For many parents, bringing up the subject of alcohol is not an easy matter. Whether or not your teen is … read more »

Stress and Worrying

Are you a chronic “worrier”? Or, do you live with someone who always seems to find something that is worth worrying about? Worrying has probably been a part of the human experience since humans evolved, however, there is some evidence to suggest that the frequency of worrying may rise as … read more »

Recognizing Childhood Depression

Many people know the warning signs of depression in adults, which can include persistent feelings of sadness, social withdrawal, and lack of interest or pleasure in activities. However, parents are sometimes unaware that depression may look very different in children and adolescents. Children with depression may complain of headaches or … read more »

Preserving and Increasing Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Child development specialists have long known the power of positive self-esteem. Defined simply as the degree to which a child values him or herself, self-esteem serves as a crucial variable for future adjustment, ethical development, happiness, optimism, acceptance of others and even psychological health as a teenager and adult. In … read more »

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Most people experience events in their life which they consider stressful. When an event is exceptionally stressful it may be called a trauma. What usually makes an experience traumatic is a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of physical injury or death. In some cases, the survivor … read more »

Non-Violent Ways to Deal with Conflict and Confrontation

I. Prevent  Go in pairs or groups when possible. Carry a cell phone. Trust your instincts. If a situation doesn’t ‘feel’ right, leave. Avoid eye contact and keep moving. If English is not your primary language, try to speak English in public areas until things cool down. Consider de-emphasizing outward … read more »

Losing A Parent

One day I am working and enjoying good relationships with family and friends and all is well in my world. Then I get a message from my brother on my voicemail at work that our mother has been taken to the emergency room for stomach pains. Little do I know … read more »

Kids and Cliques

Along with middle school come many things for kids: more work, more people, lots of physical changes, and cliques. The formation of “cliques”, or exclusive groups of friends, can be agony for kids both on the inside and on the outside. The energy exerted on trying to fit in during … read more »

From Thrill-Seeking to Havoc-Wreaking: Where’s Your Line?

Would your friends and family describe you as “daring” or “fearless?” Do loved ones worry that one day you’ll take it too far? Do you even sometimes wonder what possesses you to gravitate to certain risky behaviors that make others cringe? We all have our preferred ways of connecting with … read more »

Five Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Someone you know may be drinking too much. Maybe it’s a spouse, a child, a friend. Maybe it’s you. How do you know when someone is drinking too much? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself, or to give to your friend/family member: 1. Has alcohol use caused problems in … read more »

Facts About Drugs—Marijuana

WHAT IT IS  Names: Cannabis Sativa, Hashish, Hashish Oil, Marijuana, Mary Jane, Acapulco Gold, Ace, Bhang, Colombian, Ganja, Grass, Hemp, Indian, Jamaican, Jive, Joint, Mexican, Maui Wowie, Panama Red, Panama Gold, Pot, Reefer, Ragweed, Sativa, Sinse, Tea, Thai Sticks, Weed, Roach, Hash, Hash Oil, Honey Oil, Weed Oil. Type: Hallucinogen … read more »

Facts About Drugs—Heroin

WHAT IT IS  Names: Heroin, Dust, “H”, Horse, Junk, Smack, Scag, Mexican Mud, China White, Black Tar Type: Semisynthetic narcotic pain killer, opiate Forms: Fine, white crystalline powder, water soluble and bitter tasting Combinations: With amphetamines: “bombitas”; with cocaine: “dynamite”, “speedball”, “whiz-bang”; with marijuana: “atom bomb,” “A-bomb” Usage: Injected (water … read more »

Facts About Drugs—Cocaine

WHAT IT IS  Names: Cocaine, Rock Cocaine, Coke, “C”, Flake, Snow, Stardust, Peruvian Marching Powder, The Devil’s Dandruff Type: Central nervous system stimulant Forms: Leaf of coca bush (ritual form) White crystalline power, as cocaine hydrochloride Vapor, as cocaine freebase Dried lump of combined baking soda or ammonia and cocaine … read more »

Depression Self-Assessment

Periodic blue moods, grief from loss, or mild sadness are normal occurrences for nearly everyone. When these feelings become more intense and last longer, it could be a sign of more serious depression. Difficult life events, family history and genetics, severe stress, trauma, major loss, and excess alcohol or drug … read more »

Depression: The Misunderstood Diagnosis

Depression is one of the most misunderstood maladies we face today. It is a potentially serious problem that is so common place, we often take it for granted. Although serious depression has been estimated to afflict 1 out of 5 people at some time during their lives, mild mood disturbance … read more »

Partners No Longer, Parents For Life: Co-Parenting During Divorce Or Separation

When the phone rang last night, 6 year-old Sam could tell it was Dad calling by the tone of Mom’s voice. From his room Sam listened to Mom start to use curse words and cry, and when she called Dad a really bad name, the knot in Sam’s stomach tightened. … read more »

Bully-Proofing Your Kids

With the growing concern over violence in our society and our schools, has come a renewed interest in an age-old problem….bullying. Bullying can be loosely defined as any verbal or physical behavior intended to dominate, intimidate or humiliate another individual. This behavior is often used by troubled and insecure individuals … read more »

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