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Social Media Can Boost Teens’ Self-Esteem — or Foster Depression

social-media-1430512_1280Using social media to connect with others is kind of like having a private conversation in a public place. But there’s a difference. Even when you’re chatting with a friend in the middle of a physical crowd, most other people can’t hear what you say. On social media, your conversations can be read by anyone with access.

Depending on whether people notice your posts — and how positively they respond — your online interactions may be quite positive. Or not. Social media can make some teens feel depressed and isolated. Read more ›

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STOMP Out Bullying

STOMP Out Bullying is a national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns. Read more ›

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Anxiety and Depression: Know the Signs and How to Help [downloadable]

How do you know if you or someone you care about is suffering from anxiety or depression?  The symptoms can be subtle, and they may develop over time. This downloadable handout lists the signs and changes in behavior that are indicators of anxiety or depression. If you identify these symptoms in yourself or someone else, the next step is to get help.

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Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Substance use and mental health issues affect millions of adolescents and adults in the United States. This report summarizes findings for key substance use and mental health indicators from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Information on mental health and substance use allows the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other policymakers to measure progress toward improving the health of the nation. Read more ›

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Your Life Your Voice [web resource]

yourlifeyourvoicekbannerYour Life Your Voice is the website for the Boys Town National Hotline, a free resource established in 1989 for kids, ​teens, and young adults.  ​​​​​Counselors are available 24/7 and have a wide range of experiences working with kids and families who are frustrated, anxious, depressed, faced with an overwhelming challenge, or just need someone to talk to. Read more ›

Google Introduces Clinical Depression Survey Tool

Google screening toolClinical depression is a very common condition—in fact, approximately one in five Americans experience an episode in their lifetime. However, despite its prevalence, only about 50 percent of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment. To help raise awareness of this condition, Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness  (NAMI) have teamed up help provide more direct access to tools and information to people who may be suffering. Read more ›

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Families for Depression Awareness [web resource]

Families for Depression Awarenessfamiliesfordepressionawareness helps families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder by offering education, training, and support to unite families and help them heal while coping with mood disorders. Read more ›

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Combining Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Safety Planning Intervention to Reduce Suicidal Behavior

meditate photoCan Mindfulness Intervention and Safety Planning be combined using a group therapy environment to treat people with suicidal ideation and behaviors?

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being more in touch with the present moment, bringing one’s attention inward without judgment of current thoughts or experiences. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an intervention that has been shown to reduce depression relapse in individuals who also have suicidal ideations and behaviors. Read more ›

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Ditch the Label [web resource]

ditchthelabelDitch the Label is an international  anti-bullying organization that provides support to young people aged 12-25, primarily through online partnerships. They also work with schools, colleges, parents/guardians, young people and other youth organizations.

According to Ditch the Label, statistically, 7 in 10 young people are bullied.  If you are being bullied, you absolutely are not alone. Read more ›

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Mental Health Resources for Teens

depress photoTaking the first step in seeking support for any issues you’re dealing with deserves major props: It’s brave, it’s smart, and it’s an act of self-love. For adults, it can be tricky to navigate what those next steps are, and it can be even tougher for teens.

Teen Vogue spoke to experts from across the country and researched options for teens who need help—anywhere, anytime, and on any budget, whether you are in a crisis or looking for ongoing support or medical treatment for a number of conditions. Read more ›

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