Preventing Suicide in Youth: Steps for Parents and Teachers

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a serious mental health issue that is often associated with depression. With help suicide is preventable.

The Community as Agents of Health Policy Change

Communities of color face numerous barriers that prevent optimal health. In African American communities, there are factors that are out of their control that impact men's health.

Coping After Shootings: Self-Care Strategies for Families

Witnessing gun violence directly or through media can cause difficulties with behavioral and emotional functioning. Read these tips on coping to reduce trauma.

Clinician’s Corner: Well-being and African Americans

A new study in the Journal of Black Psychology suggests that ethnic identity and religion are significantly important to the well-being of African Americans.

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD in Children

CDC recommends that professionals refer parents of young children with ADHD for behavior therapy before prescribing medication.

Stress and Latino Mental Health

The APA Stress in America survey finds that Latinos report the highest stress levels related to sources such as money, employment, family responsibilities and health concerns.

Clinician's Corner: Working with African American Families

Cultural competency is important for all therapists regardless of their ethnic or racial background. Included are some reflections on enhancing your skills.

Tips on Identifying Suicide Risk in Black Youth

Suicide is a serious mental health concern. It often occurs along with symptoms of depression which can be treated with therapy.However, many are reluctant to seek help.

Technology and Children’s Health: Tips to Increase Exercise

Physical activity has impacts positive impacts on mental health and physical functioning in children and adolescents.

Managing Children’s Behavior During the Holiday Season

Holiday vacations often bring about challenges managing behavior (even for the most well behaved child). Here are some tips to help.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Our country has constantly been on alert of terror threats and many families have to find the best way to talk with their children about potential crisis.

Parenting a Child With a Learning Disability

Children with learning difficulties often experience trouble with school and learning. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, 2.4 million students are diagnosed with a learning disability. Although there is no cure for a learning disability, individuals can benefit from early intervention.

Tips for Parents to Increase Physical Activity in Children

According to research, physical activity plays an important role on academic achievement in children and adolescents. As a parent, your child is dependent on you to guide their healthy habits to cope with life. Here are a few tips to help increase physical activity in youth.

Depression and Suicide in Black Youth

Depression is a serious mental health issue that significantly impacts the lives of many youth. Among Black youth 3.2% report suicidal thoughts and 1.4% report attempting suicide. Given the serious risk, it is important to learn early warning signs.

Managing ADHD During the Summer

ADHD is a neurological disorder that causes difficulties in many aspects of children’s lives. Often when school is out during the summer, many parents consider taking their child off medications. Here are some tips to help decrease behavior problems.

Clinician’s Corner: Starting Your Practice

A book titled “How We Build Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours” provides an excellent resource on how to manage your thoughts and fears about jumping into independent practice.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Do You Know the Facts?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts the lives of many families.

5 Signs That Seeking Help May Benefit You

People often get stressed, have problems with others, or have problems coping with life. Yet many don't seek professional help. Here are some ideas about when therapy may benefit you or your family.

Believe the HYPE: Hip-Hop Heals Youth

Hip-hop music as an avenue to improve mental health functioning and adjustment in youth.

Teens and Stress: Practical Coping Skills

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or cultural background, stress can cause you to feel over-emotional or lead to health difficulties. Therefore, it is important to recognize when you become stress and to find ways to cope with your stress to prevent further difficulties.

ADHD Risks and Prenatal Smoking

Recent research studies have shown that prenatal exposure to smoking may play a major role in children developing ADHD later during childhood.

Racism in America: Helping Your Child Be Resilient

Although we have made progress in race relations, racism still exist – however it may be more subtle. These recent incidents in Ferguson and across the country have amplified our daily experiences of discrimination and racism. To help your family, I have suggested the following tips for dealing with racism.

Helping Children Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis

Not only does cancer impact the individual, there is significant potential to affect the entire family. Children take cues about cancer from parents and other adults. How a child reacts to a cancer diagnosis often depends on how their parents or other close adults handle the crisis.

Discipline Tips to Avoid Spanking: Hitting Doesn’t Help

Decades of research have been conducted on the negative effects of spanking and corporal punishment on children. However, many parents continue to use spanking to discipline their child. Spanking is less effective for changing behavior and parental warmth does not appear to decrease the negative effects that spanking have on child development.

Black and Bisexual: The Unheard Voices of Bisexual Youth

Everyday someone experiences sadness and many deal with depression. Children who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual often deal with major issues in therapy such as depression, suicidal behaviors, and coping with acceptance. Research shows that having a supportive, accepting family is beneficial to prevent mental health difficulties.

Stress: Factors and Coping Skills

Everyone experiences some level of stress. Stress may be short-term or long-term and cause difficulties with your physical health. Many individuals from ethnic minority groups experience significant more stress due to discrimination and social injustice.

African American Mental Health: What are the facts?

July is National Minority Mental Health Month. As we bring awareness to mental health, we need to also strive to strengthen services in these communities. For many African Americans view seeking treatment for mental health problems as less desirable or less culturally acceptable.

Mental Health Stigma: Moving the Field Forward

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. In response to the White House National Conference on Mental Health, the American Psychological Association partnered with Skype to provide a series of Skype lessons on mental health.

Autism Awareness: Keys to Early Identification

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with difficulties in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Early identification is important to help children with ASD adapt and function in their community.

Adolescent Depression: Symptoms and Solutions

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But depression is more serious and it causes problems with daily life. Research has also consistently shown that symptoms of depression are a key risk factor for suicide. However, depression can be treated and even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment.

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