For youth

Teen Mental Health Tips

Getting the proper rest: Limit screen time by placing phones and computers in a separate room at a designated time, minimize stimulating activities before bed, and establish a sleep routine to ensure 8-10 hours of sleep per night.  Keeping a journal to prevent recurring thoughts can alleviate stress triggers. Eat healthy with a balanced diet:…

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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 Young People Looking for Help

Mental health problems don’t only affect adults. Children, teens and young adults can have mental health problems, too. In fact, three out of four people with mental health problems showed signs before they were 24 years old. If you’re thinking about harming yourself get help immediately. You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).…

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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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