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May 18, 2022

How You Can Reduce Mental Health Stigma

A few months ago,  I received the honor of being asked to serve on the Governor's council on Mental Health Stigma, which I humbly accepted. This appointment has really spurred me on to think about Stigma in different ways and to renew my commitment to reducing stigma in our communities and our society. But what does reducing stigma really mean? What does that look like? We know that the number of cases of mental illness have risen…
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Jan 18, 2022

New Year, New Outlook: Utilizing Vision Boards for Your Best 2022

With 2022 making its debut, we again find ourselves in the time where we choose our New Year’s resolutions. Whether it's eating healthier, or getting more organized, unfortunately many of us often forget about them by the end of January. While setting resolutions, or goals, is a great practice, it is easy to get upset at ourselves when we fail to reach them. For 2022, we challenge you to not think about "New Year, New…
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Jun 21, 2021

Helping Families Navigate Their Child’s Mental Well-Being and Safety

Susan Tellone, RN, BS, CSN, MSN Clinical Director, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide The resulting public health concerns stemming from the COVID19 pandemic are the high levels of anxiety and depression. A recent report on the state of mental health in the US released by a national mental health organization reports that 60% of youth with depression did not receive any mental health treatment. It is well documented that depression is a primary…
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Mar 18, 2020

March Madness or Sadness: Dealing with disappointment due to Coronavirus cancellations

How can we help our children deal with disappointments due to Coronavirus Cancellations? By Susan Tellone, RN, BSN, CSN, MSN During this Coronavirus outbreak, a majority of what l I keep hearing on social media are the disappointments of children and their parents as events are canceled due to social distancing to try and keep the spread of this virus limited.  We are certainly in a new day and with it comes so much adjustment…
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Mar 16, 2020

Keep Calm and Carry On: Taking care of our fears in the midst of Coronavirus

The Corona virus has created such a sense of uncertainty, it is a natural response to feel increased anxiety and fear during these difficult times. However, it is not helpful to think in terms of worst case scenarios as it contributes to worry and a sense of dread. We must stay focused on self-care and safety. Now is a time to practice mindfulness, positive affirmations and self-talk. We need to come together for the common…
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Jun 27, 2018

Achieving Holistic Wellness: Integrating Physical and Mental Health Awareness into Daily Life

As many of you may know, the stigma of mental health is a prominent issue in the field of suicideology. The stigma surrounding mental health may prevent individuals who may be at-risk for suicide to seek support from employers, school staff, family, friends, and especially a mental health professional. We are pleased to feature the following post written by Tara Chalakani, LPC, NCC, ACS, RN that magnifies the challenges of the stigma surrounding mental health…
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May 24, 2018

From Dorm Room to Bedroom: Tips for a Smoother Transition

As the end of the last semester of college comes to a close, many of us are expecting our college-aged young adults to return home for the summer months. Although we are grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with our children, young adults returning home for the summer can be stressful. I’d like to take this opportunity to offer some helpful tips for parents to assist in making the transition from dorm room…
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Feb 22, 2018

Difficult Conversations: How to Talk to Your Children About School Violence

Right now it’s a difficult time to be in a school – almost everyone in the school community is experiencing fear about safety. While fear can create anxiety and worry, it’s important to remember that fear propels action. One of the first actions a parent can take is to talk to their children. Having a conversation about something as difficult as school violence can be daunting, but the chances are pretty good that your child…
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Oct 02, 2017

Guidelines for Discussing Mass Violence with your Teens

These are challenging times for all of us, especially parents and guardians of children and teens. Having discussions regarding disturbing media events, such as mass violence, with our adolescents and children can be difficult. In response to the recent shooting in Las Vegas, our partners at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care have created helpful strategies for talking to youth following a mass violence event. SPTS would like to share this important information - please click…
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May 10, 2017

13 Reasons Why

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide shares the concerns of several mental health counselors, experts in the field of suicidology, and fellow prevention organizations about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Unfortunately, the media tends to glamorize and sensationalize suicide. Glamorizing suicide has significant negative impact on children, adolescents, adults or anyone who is having suicidal thoughts. This is precisely why the media must be responsible and follow the safe messaging guidelines. We…
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