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5 Things Parents Need to Know About Back to School & Mental Health

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By Marjorie Morrison, CEO & President of Psych Hub It's that time of the year again that parents both love and dread. As we begin the back-to-school season, it's important to pay attention to your child's mental health just as much as their physical health. As a parent of three, I've seen firsthand how important it is to monitor your family's m...
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AUG
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Being a Parent in Today’s World

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Have you ever wondered what struggles other parents or caregivers of teens encounter when dealing with drugs and alcohol today? With vaping on the rise, the legalization of marijuana spreading across the country, and the influence of social media, we were curious as to how parents deal with these new challenges facing their families. The staff of w...
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JUL
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Healthy Choices: How Your Child Can Stay Out of Trouble This Summer

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For those of you who have young children or grandchildren who watch Phineas and Ferb , you might reorganize the following: There's 104 days in summer vacation / and school comes along just to end it. / So the annual problem for our generation / is finding a good way to spend it. I bring this up because at this time every year, many parents and conc...
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JUN
17
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Teens Using Vaping Devices in Record Number

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Although e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, vaping rates have skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teens. Monitoring the Future, an annual survey that measures drug and alcohol use of 8 th , 10 th , and 12 th graders has found that teen vaping is on the rise. In 2018, past-year vaping for each grade was: 8 th grade: 17.6...
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MAY
07
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Using Telehealth to Combat Substance Abuse

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It is no secret that the United States is facing a major drug epidemic. Substance abuse has become a public health crisis that demands urgent priority and innovative solutions. But with the advent of the Internet and smartphones, researchers have found new ways to connect with patients. Telehealth is a promising tool for treating and supporting ind...
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APR
02
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There is Always Support for Parents

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This month marks the five year anniversary of the Parentally Speaking column. Since its debut, we have discussed many topics related to helping children thrive without the distraction of alcohol and other drug use.Your feedback has been positive, and I am grateful to know this column has given parents and other caregivers a little bit of much-neede...
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MAR
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Time to Break Tradition with Spring Break

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Growing up and going to high school and college, my only reference to Spring Break was the movie “Where the Boys Are.” The movie featured George Hamilton and Yvette Mimieux among many, as well as a great song by Connie Francis (and as I type this I am wondering if any of the readers even know what I am talking about.) I did not know that an important part of college life for many was, and still is, the ritual of Spring Break. During this time, no classes are held on campus for at least one week. Students are expected to take a break from studies as a way to recharge for the rest of the academic year. Many students choose to travel away from campus, either back to their home, or to a number of popular locations throughout the world. Though there are some popular destinations for students during Spring...
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FEB
05
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The Link between Underage Drinking and Sexual Assault

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As parents, certain stories catch our eyes and make us stop and think. Recently, a news story illustrated the link between underage drinking and sexual assault. Regardless of the final charges, this story provided a teachable moment for adults, an important reminder that there's a strong connection between alcohol and sexual assault. But first I need to make one statement -- I don't want to make conclusions that aren't supported yet about the woman's guilt or innocence or whether she used alcohol to aid the alleged sexual assault; she is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Regardless of what she may have done, there is a strong connection between alcohol and sexual assault. Here’s one basic fact -- alcohol is the drug most used to facilitate sexual assault, and it's used in half of all sexual assaults. Additionally, it inhibits your teen child’s ability to: Think clearly, Set limits and make good...
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NOV
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Don’t Let the Burden of Loss Drag Our Youth Down

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The past few weeks have been rough for the Wellspring family. One of our staff lost her 36 year old son and at Carteret High School, and more specifically our Pathways program at the school, lost one of their students. This got me thinking about the power of loss to transform us and those around us. Everyone experiences it differently, and though there is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve, some ways of coping are more productive than others. The thing is, I don’t ever remember learning about how to handle loss until I lost my son 40 years ago. Which made me think about those we care for and educate every day. Our youth. When I look at these most important residents, I sometimes see a lot of pain, and I don’t think they know what to do with it. I worry they don’t have the time to even...
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OCT
19
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Marijuana. Should We Consider a Different Tact?

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The last time I wrote about marijuana, I was inundated with dozens of emails and posts providing counter-positions to mine, or actually that of my prevention agency, Wellspring Center for Prevention. So allow me to take a slightly different tact. Mostly because the accepted understanding in our state is that legalized marijuana will become the law of the land later this year or early next. It’s not that we’ve given up our efforts to try and stop or stall this march to inevitability. It’s our desire to ensure that that citizens are provided with the opportunity to ban the sale and distribution of legalized marijuana within their municipal borders. That the implementation of medical marijuana in additional locations takes priority over the implementation of shops that sale marijuana in the strip mall across from your kids’ school. And most importantly, that today’s (and tomorrow’s) youth are protected from state action that...
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