Teenage people have a lot on their plates during the winter holiday season. School is in full swing, exams are looming, and there are extra activities and work obligations. Teens also live with one foot in childhood and the other in adulthood—they may still feel an attachment to youthful holiday magic while realizing the stress […]
Samaritan’s Connected Community Wellness Screen program provides emotional wellness screens to students throughout 10 community school systems. It is important for parents, schools and youth mentors to be aware that this year’s screenings are showing a prevalence of students engaging in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) behaviors. What is NSSI? It is self-inflicted harm to one’s body […]
We love this newsletter article from Presbyterian Psychological Services in Charlotte, N.C. The gist: Teens need the freedom to find themselves, and the structure in which to do it safely. It’s a parent’s job to provide both.
Brains “Under Construction” Did you know the brain continues to develop throughout adolescence? In fact, it is not fully developed until mid-twenties. The parts of the brain responsible for big-picture thinking, impulse control and planning — hallmarks of adult behavior — are among the last to mature, National Institute of Mental Health research shows. This helps […]