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Show empathy and offer support gently: Tips for supporting students with mental health struggles.

Adolescents are readying for the next step in a seemingly endless set of challenges. Here’s how to help them regulate their emotions. By Lisa Damour, The New York Times Many young people are experiencing mixed feelings as they enter another school year that’s disrupted by the pandemic. In this article, Lisa Bamour shares some suggestions […]

Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright

  By Susanna Schrobsdorff, TIME The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the tub at her home outside Bangor, Maine, with a metal clip from a pen in her hand. Then she sliced […]

Teens Asked, We Answered: The Truth About COVID-19 Vaccines

By Pien Huang, NPR Alba Feliz is a little nervous about getting the vaccine. At 17, she’s the first person in her immediate family to seriously consider getting it. “In my house, they never really trust the vaccine,” she says. Social media has been her main source of information, and the contradictory messages have been […]

Mott Poll Report: How the pandemic has impacted teen mental health

By  C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital: National Poll on Children’s Health Restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19 may be particularly difficult for teens, who rely heavily on their peer and social connections for emotional support. In 2021, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about the emotional […]

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

By Anya Kamenetz, NPR The pandemic is having a significant impact on youths’ mental health. With the loss of routines and milestones, many are struggling to cope.  This NPR podcast episode/article discusses some of the ways parents can help support teens and when teens should seek professional help.    To access the resource, please click here. […]

Project work: Strategies for program leaders to help and support teens overcome anxiety

Orson, C. N., & Larson, R. W. (2020). Helping Teens Overcome Anxiety Episodes in Project Work: The Power of Reframing. Journal of Adolescent Research, 0743558420913480. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420913480 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Some teenagers can experience intense anxiety whenever they encounter overwhelming challenges This study aims to understand how experienced program leaders help and support youths […]

How to help your teens handle social distancing

By Patti Verbanas, Futurity Compared to young children, teenagers and young adults living and learning at home during the COVID-19 crisis may be feeling the loss of social connections and life experiences while struggling to manage their time. Here, Ann Murphy, director of the Northeast & Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and an associate professor at […]

Teens can teach classmates to recognize depression

POSTED BY KARA GAVIN, Futurity Editor’s Note: How can we encourage and teach youth to help their peers around them? High school students can improve their peers’ understanding of depression, and their attitudes about seeking help for themselves or others, according to a new study. NATIONWIDE, ABOUT 7.5 PERCENT OF TEENS HAVE EXPERIENCED DEPRESSION IN THE […]

Using these emotion words may shield teens from depression

By SANDRA KNISPEL, Futurity Editor’s Note: How can mentors, family, or friends help teach youth to express their emotions using more precise terms to help steer them away from depression during times of adversity? Using these emotion words may shield teens from depression Describing their negative emotions in precise and nuanced ways may protect teenagers from […]

Attention training may ease teen anxiety disorder

By Fred Mamoun, Futurity A simple computer-based program known as attention training may offer relief to teens with an anxiety disorder, according to a new study. Researchers discovered major reductions in anxiety among 64 youths after just four twice-weekly sessions of the attention training program. All the youths had diagnosed anxiety disorders and had completed […]