Prince Harry addresses teen struggles August 5, 2016
Through adolescence, it’s normal to go through common teen struggles. As a teen, it can be difficult to discuss our emotions or express ourselves, teens haven’t fully developed a strong understanding of their self-identity yet. Teens are infamous for keeping their feelings bottled up, letting them build and build until--much like a volcano--they erupt. In a recent article by The Guardian, Prince Harry spoke about his regrets surrounding not opening up about his mother’s--Princess Diana--death earlier....
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Is There an App for That? Measuring Your Emotional Well-Being July 29, 2016
It’s normal for parents to what their children’s emotional well-being to be perfect and in tip-top shape. We’re always thinking, if we can just make them a little happier, they would excel more in school, with friends, and in life. But we can’t read their minds, which means we never actually know if they’re happy. But can we measure it or improve it? Let’s say...with an app? An app for emotional well-being, aka “happiness” Can we...
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Michael Phelps: Creating Hope for Teen Addiction July 22, 2016
Many people have heard of Michael Phelps struggles with substance use over the course of his Olympic journey. Phelps was struggling with alcoholism and drunk driving, but he decided to seek treatment. Now, Michael Phelps is back in the game. He’s on his way to his fifth round of Olympic Games, which he qualified for by exceling in the 200-meter butterfly—a feat he stated was the hardest swim of his life. Phelps will be the first...
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Media Influence on Teens July 21, 2016
With technology today, it’s not uncommon for parents to worry about media influence on teens. There are so many shows today depicting sexual interactions among fairly young teens (Pretty Little Liars, for example) that are specifically made to target adolescents. But what evidence has been shown that proves parents need to be worrying about media influence on teens? According to a new study and extensive review by multiple departments from various esteemed universities, there’s not a...
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Pokémon Go: Helping Teen Social Anxiety & Depression July 15, 2016
The new app, Pokémon Go has spread across the world through young people’s phones in a matter of days. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably seen something about this new augmented reality app. Unlike other games, Pokémon Go is inspiring those with teen social anxiety and depression to get out and face their fears with the mission of catching as many Pokémon as they can. What is Pokemon Go? Pokémon Go uses your...
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Animals Helping Ease Teen Trauma July 8, 2016
Animals Are Being Used to Ease Teen Trauma After Orlando Shooting The New York Times recently wrote an article reporting on the surprising helpers brought in to comfort those experiencing trauma or stress after the Orlando Shooting: therapy dogs. The K-9 Comfort Dogs team brought 12 golden retrievers to Orlando. This is just one example of how therapy animals have helped relieve stress and deal with traumatic events. Recently, therapy animals have become a popular treatment...
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Avoiding Another Texas Shooting with Mental Health Evaluations July 6, 2016
Many people are looking at the Texas Shooting and wondering how it could’ve been avoided. Usually, with shootings like this past one, the perpetrator has had issues with mental health. Though we can’t bring back the victims of the shooting, we can move forward and take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again. This action can be done in many forms, one of them is mental health evaluations. Starting mental health evaluations Though mental health...
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Prince William Condemns Cyberbullying in Teens July 1, 2016
In a recent statement released about cyberbullying in teens, Prince William urged an audience composed of Google and Twitter chairmen to address the rising issues of cyberbullying in teens and youth. He emphasized the power leading technology companies like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others have in standing against cyberbullying in teens. A royal campaign for teen mental health Some of the royal family--Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Kate--banded together recently to try and beat back...
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President Obama’s Support for LGBT Teens June 30, 2016
A Historical Moment for LGBT Teens and Youth On June 24, President Obama sent an extremely positive message to the LGBT teens and youth of the future. NPR reported that Obama declared nearly 8-acres in New York City not only part of the National Park System, but as the first monument to specifically highlight LGBT history in the US. The Stonewall National Monument encompasses one of the most well-known LGBT landmarks: The Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall...
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Muhammad Ali’s Fight Against Emotional Trauma from Illness June 8, 2016
Since Muhammad Ali’s death last week, many people have been remembering him as the amazing, skilled, outspoken man he was. Many remember the iconic moment of Ali lifting the olympic torch with shaking hands, acting as a symbol of his fight against Parkinson’s disease. The emotional trauma from a disease as difficult as Parkinson’s can be debilitating, but Ali didn’t let it ruin him. Physical or emotional trauma isn’t the end Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with...
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