For adults

Secondary Traumatic Stress

What is Secondary Traumatic Stress? Compassion fatigue, or secondary traumatic stress disorder, is a natural but disruptive by-product of working with traumatized clients. It is a set of observable reactions to working with people who have been traumatized and mirrors the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Osofsky, Putnam & Lederman, 2008; Figley, 1995). Many…

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SafeSpace Spotlights: February 2018

SafeSpace in Local Middle Schools Our high school youth advisory board is working with the SafeSpace Managing Director, Lesley Martin, to help deliver mental health awareness and educational programs to local middle schools. Hillview Middle School already has a team of 12 students working with their school and with SafeSpace on mental wellness programs. Our…

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SafeSpace Spotlights: April 2018

Connecting The Community SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board Update As the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board enters its second year, we are so proud of our young people who have demonstrated tremendous leadership skills and sustained perseverance, as they spread their ideas and passion for youth mental health advocacy. Some of the specific SYAB activities include; writing…

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Triggers

The portrayal of mental health in the media and wider world has never been favorable, but in recent years the connotations surrounding our community have diverged into two paths: we’ve become monsters and we’ve become jokes. The demonization of mental illness is present largely in the entertainment industry (e.g. in television shows like Criminal Minds)…

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Off the Record:  Self-Compassion

With the New Year underway, many of us – teens and parents included – struggle to adapt back to the daily grind of school or work.  Add a couple of noble yet impractical New Year’s resolutions and we’ve got a recipe for disaster.   It’s ironic that we are better at counting our faults and our…

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For Parents and Caregivers

As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help. What to Look For It is important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling. You can play…

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LGBT +

Sexual orientation and gender are important aspects of a young person’s identity. Understanding and expressing sexual orientation and gender and developing related identities are typical development tasks that vary across children and youth. For example, some youth may be unsure of their sexual orientation, whereas others have been clear about it since childhood and have…

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LGBT + Youth

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth. Creating a Safe Environment for LGBT Youth It is important to build a safe environment for all youth, whether they are…

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Effects of Bullying

Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying—or something else—is a concern. Kids Who are Bullied Kids who are bullied can…

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