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Anxiety & Depression


Walk in Our Shoes [web resource]

What does “mental health” mean? What is mental health? What is a mental illness? What kinds of people get mental illnesses?

Walk in Our Shoes is an innovative educational program for kids (ages 9–13), teachers, and parents that answers these questions and more about mental wellness and provides guidance on how to have open, honest conversations about mental health challenges. Read more ›

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The Anti-Depressant Book, A Practical Guide for Teens and Young Adults to Overcome Depression and Stay Healthy

Towerybookcover135Imagine you are 15 and texting someone you like. Twenty minutes go by without a response. What thoughts come into your mind?

This is a hypothetical scenario in Jacob Towery’s The Anti-Depressant Book, A Practical Guide for Teens and Young Adults to Overcome Depression and Stay Healthy, but it is no stretch to assume it is happening right now all over the country. If adolescents are not waiting for a text, they are checking their grades online or browsing social media. Emotional resilience is tested not weekly or daily, but multiple times a minute. Read more ›

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SanaMente: California’s Mental Health Website and Resources for Latinos [web resource]

SanaMente132SanaMente is California’s Mental Health Movement website for the Latino community.

Latinos are one of the groups least likely to seek help for mental illness due to reasons which include language fluency, cultural barriers and access to health coverage. SanaMente is dedicated to providing the Spanish speaking communities with the tools and resources to support mental health well-being. Read more ›

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What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide – A Parent’s Guide

depression127What do you do when you’re worried that a child might be feeling suicidal? Nadine Kaslow, PhD, psychologist and former President of the American Psychological Association, provides guidance to parents on the best ways to support a child who is in distress. Read more ›


How Bibliotherapy Can Help Students Open Up About Their Mental Health

readingbibliotherapy126Mental health concerns, like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, can affect a student’s ability to concentrate, form friendships and thrive in the classroom. Educators and school counselors often provide Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL) in order to help these students, as well as school-based therapeutic support groups. However, even in these forums, getting teenagers to speak about their problems can be challenging, especially when they feel like outsiders and worry about judgment from their peers. Read more ›

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LGBTQ Teens & Depression [presentation] [video]

During this teen friendly session, CHC’s adolescent therapist, Jenna Borrelli, and transgender college/school counselor, Brad Ward look deeply into the issues surrounding gender, sexual orientation and non-binary identification–often leading to higher rates of depression and suicide compared to traditional cisgender teens. The presenters share the data trends, tools, and resources to help parents and teens understand the issues and build a supportive and accepting home life. Read more ›

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Each Mind Matters [web resource]

EachMindMatters125Every day, millions of people face stigma related to mental health because they or their loved ones are facing a challenge. Many of these people feel isolated and alone, going years before receiving any help.

The goal of California’s mental health movement, Each Mind Matters, is to amplify the voices of all people who want to put an end to this stigma, creating a community where everyone feels comfortable reaching out for the support they deserve. Read more ›


What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders


There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Read more ›

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CDC Releases Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results and Trends Report

2017 CDC YouthRisk 131The CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors priority health behaviors and experiences among high school students across the country. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results help in understanding the factors that contribute to the leading causes of illness, death and disability among youth and young adults. Read more ›


Suicide: How You Can Make a Difference

depression120It’s important to know some facts and to know what to do if you think someone might be at risk for self-harm. A crisis can pass with time and the most important thing is to stay safe through the crisis and get help. Read more ›

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