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Stories, thoughts, and reflections from Mental Health First Aid
June 29, 2018

New York and Virginia Pave the Way with Mental Health…

For years, most states have mandated that schools provide physical health education. This year, New York and Virginia will be…

Be The Difference, News, Schools, Youth Mental Health
June 27, 2018

The Difference a Conversation About Mental Health Can Make

Laura might have had an inkling that something was awry with her mother’s mental health, but at 12 years old,…

Be The Difference, News, The "Awkward" Conversation
June 25, 2018

10 Tips for Talking About Addiction

If you notice a friend or loved one experiencing a substance use challenge, you may want to help, but might…

Be The Difference, News, Substance Use, The "Awkward" Conversation
June 22, 2018

3 Tips for Talking – and Listening – to Your…

This piece was originally published on GoodTherapy.org. Read it here. The teenage years are a time of gaining independence and…

Anxiety, Guest Commentary, News, Youth Mental Health
June 20, 2018

How Youth Mental Health First Aid Dispels Myths About Suicide

With the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, suicide prevention and mental health awareness are a significant part…

Guest Commentary, News, Schools, Suicide, Youth Mental Health
June 18, 2018

6 Ways to Improve Your Non-verbal Communication Skills

A lot can be said without words in a face-to-face conversation. Often, our non-verbal communication—our facial expressions, body posture, eye…

Be The Difference, News, The "Awkward" Conversation
June 15, 2018

Honoring Spade and Bourdain: Help Prevent Suicide With Mental Health…

In a week that was marred by tragedy, the world lost two icons: Designer Kate Spade on June 5 and…

News, Suicide
June 14, 2018

Depression and Opioid Use Go Hand in Hand

Did you know that more than 40 percent of people who live with addiction also have another mental health challenge…

Depression, Guest Commentary, News, Substance Use
June 11, 2018

5 Tips for Starting a Conversation About Mental Health

Unlike physical health challenges – like scrapes and cuts or the flu – mental illness often remains unseen. And because…

Be The Difference, News, The "Awkward" Conversation
June 8, 2018

Stress vs. Anxiety – Knowing the Difference Is Critical to…

Most people experience stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. Depending on the level of severity, they can…

Anxiety, News
June 6, 2018

Talk About It: Breaking the Stigma of Addiction and Mental…

As a flight attendant, Julie found herself drawn to the international nightlife, drinking at bars in London, cafes in Paris…

Guest Commentary, News, Substance Use
June 4, 2018

The Awkward Conversation: How to Respond When Someone Tells You… Yes

“How are you?” Those three words have become a prescriptive question with a prescriptive answer in today’s society. When we’re…

Be The Difference, News

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