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Resources Tagged With: self-harm

Suicidal Thoughts Are Increasing in Young Kids

While suicidal thoughts and self-harm have been well documented in teenagers, mental health experts say too little attention has been paid to young children, despite growing evidence that more elementary and middle school students are in crisis. Read more ›

How To Talk — And Listen — To A Teen With Mental Health Struggles

There’s not much solid data on this, but some clinicians, like Dr. Booth Watkins and Elisa Nebolsine, a cognitive behavioral therapist in Falls Church, Va., say that the levels of distress, including suicidality, in their adolescent patients is among the highest they’ve seen in their careers. Nebolsine says that’s because the pandemic is making it hard for teenagers to meet basic developmental needs. Read more ›

Teen Mental Health Has Suffered During the U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic

As early as last spring, psychologists were warning that even as children and teens were spared most of the physical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shuttering of schools, the lack of contact with friends and the loss of milestones like birthday parties, graduations and more would exact a heavy emotional and developmental price. Now, a year on, the numbers are in—and they’re in some ways worse than the experts feared. Read more ›

Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults: Know the Signs [downloadable]

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, marked by episodes of mania and depression. Bipolar disorder is not the same as the typical ups and downs every kid goes through. The mood swings are more extreme and accompanied by changes in sleep, energy level, and the ability to think clearly. Know the signs and symptoms. Read more ›

The Clinician’s Couch: a Thing of the Past?

written by Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

In early March, as surreal rumors of a shelter-in-place order for the Bay Area began to percolate, CHC immediately began transitioning to a remote-first model of care for kids, teens and young adults.

Thanks to a HIPAA compliant healthcare platform on Zoom, the nonprofit mental health agency could continue to deliver best-in-class education and mental health services during shelter-in-place, with the level of trust and expertise the community has counted on for nearly 70 years. Read more ›

Stanford Children’s Health and CHC Now Enrolling Families for Fall/Summer Session of Intensive Outpatient Program

For young people who struggle with suicidal and/or self-harm urges and behaviors, Stanford Children’s Health in collaboration with Children’s Health Council, offers a specialized intervention program that is currently enrolling families for their summer/fall session. Read more ›

Why DBT Works

Written by Jennifer Leydecker, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In May of 2017, CHC opened its doors to RISE, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens ages 13-18 who have suicidal thoughts/behaviors, recently attempted suicide, and/or repetitively engage in self-harm behaviors. In 2018, CHC joined forces with Stanford Children’s Health to increase capacity and complement expertise. Read more ›

Hurtful Emotions: Understanding Self-Harm

People deal with difficult feelings in all sorts of ways. They may talk with friends, go work out, or listen to music. But some people may feel an urge to hurt themselves when distressed. Harming or thinking about harming yourself doesn’t mean you have a mental disorder. But it is an unhealthy way to cope with strong feelings. Read more ›

Self-Harm: Who Is at Risk, Signs, and Treatment

Self-harm is not a mental disorder. It is a behavior – an unhealthy way to cope with strong feelings.

Self-harm, or self-injury, is when a person hurts his or her own body on purpose. The injuries may be minor, but sometimes they can be severe. They may leave permanent scars or cause serious health problems. Read more ›

Let’s Talk About Eating Disorders [downloadable]

The way we talk about eating disorders matters. Here are some facts you can use to help shape the conversation around eating disorders. Read more ›

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