Author: Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services

How to Talk to Teens About Suicide

Symptoms & How to Talk to Teens About Suicide by Jason Martin | WGTS 91.9 FM http://wgts.org/sites/default/files/BreakawayPodcast_JasonMartin.mp3 For many parents, talking to their teenager about suicide can be uncomfortable, but it is an important conversation that every parent should initiate with their teenager. Some teenagers struggle in silence with severe depression, which if left untreated, may result in suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Teen suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24, surpassed only by accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The early warning signs often go undetected...

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Anxiety in Teens

This time of year comes with several exciting and challenging milestones for teenagers. Final exams, prom, graduation and other end of the school year activities can be exciting as well as anxiety producing. In recognition of Mental Health Month, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services is sharing some helpful information about anxiety from one of its adolescent psychiatrists, Dr. Neda Kaveh. What is Anxiety? Dr. Kaveh: Anxiety is a natural and adaptive emotion we experience to signal a danger or threat. Sometimes, anxiety can become an exaggerated response that interferes with a teenager’s ability to enjoy or complete...

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Mind Your Mental Health

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness? Did you know that 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness? Mental illness is more common than you might think, and illness can range from a mood disorder like depression to more serious illnesses like schizophrenia. In recognition of Mental Health Month, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services reminds you that mental health is just as important as physical health. We want to help you maintain good mental health with a few easy tips: Exercise regularly. Try...

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

May 4, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that maintaining good mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development at home and school. At Adventist HealthCare, we help children who are struggling with mental health challenges live to their fullest potential. Early identification and treatment is key. Below are some signs of mental health challenges in children that every parent should know: Mood changes Withdrawal from normal activities Intense feelings Drastic changes in behavior Trouble focusing and sitting still Physical symptoms...

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Recharge Your Mind

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services encourages you to remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. We know that life can get busy and challenging sometimes, but it’s important to take time out of your schedule to recharge and focus on your mental wellness. Maintain your mental wellness by following the tips below: Create a gratitude journal. Each week, take a few minutes to write down a few things you are grateful for. If you start to feel sad, you can look back at your journal to see all of the wonderful things...

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