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Stories, thoughts, and reflections from Mental Health First Aid
July 11, 2018

Addressing Mental Health is Critical to Treating Physical Illness

Unless you’ve experienced it firsthand, it’s nearly impossible to understand the emotional impact receiving a poor physical prognosis can have…

Depression, Guest Commentary, Healthcare, News
July 9, 2018

Watch, Listen and Read How Lady Gaga and her Born… Yes

Lady Gaga has done much to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges by being so outspoken about her own…

Born This Way Foundation, News, Youth Mental Health
July 6, 2018

#BeTheDifference in July: Summer Self-Care

Summer is a great time to focus in on your self-care routine. Getting outside, shopping for fresh fruits and veggies…

Be The Difference, News, Self-Care
July 6, 2018

Is Social Media Impacting Youth Depression?

This article originally appeared on Read it here. In July 2017, my 20-year-old son’s best friend, Jack, took his own…

Guest Commentary, News, Suicide, Technology, Youth Mental Health
July 2, 2018

5 Self-Help Strategies for Depression Yes

In 2016, an estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode – 6.7…

Be The Difference, News, Self-Care
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 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

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