Prevention

In this section you will learn what you, as a coach, friend, mentor, can do to help students/athletes who are troubled, depressed or who could ultimately be at risk to attempt suicide.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Choosing the Right Therapist

Seeking mental health or chemical dependency (CD) counseling can be a challenge, especially if you have never had therapy and do not know where to start. The prospect of parading one’s problems in front of a stranger does not seem comforting unless you have done some research and can feel … read more »

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