Throughout the United States, millions of adolescents and teens engage in self-harm.
Self-harm is any activity where sufferers intentionally cause injury to their body as an emotional coping mechanism. While many activities can cause injury, self-harm has the sole purpose of causing it as a response to how the sufferer is feeling inside.
About 30% of teen girls in the United States say they’ve engaged in intentional self-harm. ...
School is an important learning experience – not only for reading, writing, and arithmetic, but for the basic social skills young people carry into the rest of life.
Social skills are the skills that help each of us adapt to a social environment. They provide the ability to cooperate, coordinate, and “get along.”
Even before kids face down any high-stakes academic testing, peers “grade” them on...
As some common drugs of abuse – such as alcohol – become less popular among teens, the risk of prescription drug abuse is increasing.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 16.5% of teens report abusing prescription drugs at some point in life. Of those, 10.9% say they have done so within the past year and 4.9% say they have done so within the past month.
How Does Prescription Abuse Among Teens Start...
WinGate Wilderness Therapy is excited to announce the hiring of industry leader Christopher Black as our new Director of Admissions.
With over 24 years of experience in behavioral health, focused largely in Wilderness therapy, Christopher brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the WinGate admissions team.
“Christopher's professionalism and experience will be a ‘breath of fresh air’ for all involved...
Though we may at times succumb to the inevitable routine of everyday life, the reality is, each of us are on a quest to achieve happiness. This state of contentment is likely envisioned different by each person with their unique goals and dreams, but for all of us, true happiness is contingent on our acceptance of ourselves, with all of our distinct strengths and weaknesses.
Simply put, satisfaction with oneself must be reached, o...
Talking about mental health can be challenging.
One thing to keep in mind is that mental health concerns are not unusual. Many people deal with them over the course of a lifetime.
Though there is no “typical” experience when it comes to mental health, there are two many people find familiar: Anxiety and depression.
Both anxiety and depression are extremely common, and they often appear together.
These conditions can ari...
Adolescence is characterized as the developmental period in which the greatest amount of growth and change is experienced, both physically and psychosocially. While the navigation of these years can be challenging for parents, there is comfort in the fact that adolescence offers equipped minds that are biologically prepared to learn from parents and elders.
Therefore, you as a parent possess the unique ability and opportunity to impac...
Coping skills are some of the most important life skills kids, teens, and adults can have.
As they grow, young people have the opportunity to learn many things. However, coping skills – the skills that allow people to manage emotions in healthy, positive ways – are fundamental.
But there’s a challenge: Coping skills need to be cultivated and practiced.
Adolescents and teens should be encouraged to think about their...
Does time spent outdoors make people happier? The answer, science is learning, is yes.
For thousands of years, people have been creating art that glorifies the importance of nature to a life well-lived. However, until recently, many effects of nature on happiness were hard to prove.
Groundbreaking new research has reached conclusions that validate some long-held traditional ideas about the power of nature to help people live fuller, ...