Adolescent Counseling Services’ Resource Blog

Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students

Written By:  Meg Anderson and Kavitha Cardoza, nprED You might call it a silent epidemic.   Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year. So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the […]

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Poverty And Instability In The Lives Of LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Written By:  Brandon Andrew Robinson, Huffington Post Contributor  “And you know how people say a mother’s love is unconditional? When I was 12, I figured out that my mother’s love was conditional,” stated Jenelle,* a 21-year-old Hispanic transgender woman, who I met while conducting research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth homelessness. […]

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How Social Media Is a Toxic Mirror

Reported By: Rachel Simmons, TIME Magazine We’ve long understood that movies, magazines and television damage teens’ body image by enforcing a “thin ideal.” Less known is the impact of social media on body confidence. With the rapid aging down of smart phone ownership, most parents spend “digital parenting” time on character coaching, making sure their […]

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The Effects of Mindfulness on the Adolescent Brain

Contributed by Zawn Villines, Correspondent Mindfulness-based therapies may change the way some regions of the brain process information, according to a small study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. The study looked at the effects of mindfulness on anxiety, one of the most common mental health issues children and adolescents face. According […]

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Transgender identity doesn’t cause mental health problems – the stigma around it does

By Léa Surugue,  IB Times, U.K. The World Health Organization (WHO) is incorrectly classifying transgender individuals as having a mental health disorder, scientists have said. While many transgender people suffer from mental health issues, these are largely fuelled by stigma and rejection from others, more than by a suffering from the transgender identity itself. Over […]

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LGBT advocates applaud landmark CDC study on high school students’ health

Reported by: Nicole Puglise, The Guardian UK For some, the results of the Center for Disease Control and study on lesbian, gay and bisexual youth were not surprising. “It reminded me a lot of my experiences in school,” Joshua Deese, a University of Maryland student and volunteer with the Trevor Project, a national suicide intervention and […]

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