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Mental Health Resources Aimed at Asian-American Families

asian-teenMental health is often not discussed in Asian cultures, and language can be a barrier to obtaining mental health services.

The following are culturally sensitive, local resources that offer help with student stress, depression, suicide risk, parenting concerns, and other issues. Read more ›

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How to Help Your Child Cope With a Learning Disability

kids photoA learning disability is a problem that affects how a person processes, understands and uses information. Everyone has learning strengths and weaknesses, but people with learning disabilities have complex learning issues that persist throughout their lives. However, learning disabled students are as smart as – and can be even smarter than – the average student. Read more ›

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Outlet: A Program for LGBTQ Youth and Young Adults [web resource]

Outlet-a-program-of-ACS-01Founded in 1997, Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet envisions a world that embraces, empowers, and celebrates LGBTQQ+ youth. Outlet officially became a program of Adolescent Counseling Services in Redwood City, CA in 2013. Read more ›

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How to Help a Friend Who is Struggling

pensive girlAre you prepared to recognize a friend in need and steer them toward help? Would you know what to do?  Half of Us is dedicated to decreasing the stigma around mental health and encouraging students to seek help if they need it. Read more ›

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What Educators Should Know About Mental Health

m_classroomEducators are often the first to notice mental health problems. Here are some ways you can help students and their families. Read more ›

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NPR Series: Unlocking Dyslexia

readingAs the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. In a five-part special series, National Public Radio (NPR) explores dyslexia. Articles include a first-person account by an NPR reporter Read more ›

Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition

Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. There’s no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.

Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following… Read more ›

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Teen Depression [downloadable]

NIMH teen depressionIf you have been feeling sad, hopeless, or irritable for what seems like a long time, you might have depression.

  • Depression is a real, treatable brain illness, or health problem.
  • Depression can be caused by big transitions in life, stress, or changes in your body’s chemicals that affect your thoughts and moods.
  • Even if you feel hopeless, depression gets better with treatment.
  • There are lots of people who understand and want to help you.
  • Ask for help as early as you can so you can get back to being yourself.

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Suicide and Young Children

youth suicideSuicide is the third-leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Yet most research focuses on adolescents and virtually ignores preadolescents, says David A. Jobes, PhD, a clinical psychologist and professor at The Catholic University of America.

While death by suicide is less common in younger children than in adolescents, such deaths do occur—an average of about 33 per year in the United States in children ages 5 to 11, research suggests. Read more ›

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Recognizing Adolescent Depression

sad teenIt’s not unusual for young people to experience “the blues” or feel “down in the dumps” occasionally. Adolescence is always an unsettling time, with the many physical, emotional, psychological and social changes that accompany this stage of life.

Unrealistic academic, social, or family expectations can create a strong sense of rejection and can lead to deep disappointment. When things go wrong at school or at home, teens often overreact. Many young people feel that life is not fair or that things “never go their way.” They feel “stressed out” and confused. To make matters worse, teens are bombarded by conflicting messages from parents, friends and society. Read more ›

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