Category Archives: Suicidal Ideation & Self-Harm

September is National Suicide Prevention Month: #BeThe1To

Each year during the month of September, mental health professionals, community advocates, and organizations like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) work to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of suicide in the U.S. and around the world. Their collective efforts are known as National Suicide Prevention Month. […]

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Suicide Risk In Teens – Body Image, Concussion, Mental Health Issues

Increased Risk for Teen Athletes, Boys and Girls with Body Dysmorphic Disorder Over the past several years, national news media published countless reports on increases in mental health disorders among adolescents (age 12-17) and young adults (age 15-29). Before the coronavirus pandemic began, mental health professionals called it a mental health crisis in our teens […]

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The State of Teen Mental Health in the US in 2020

Our Teens Need Help: There Are Inpatient Treatment Options for Teens with Mental Health Issues At the end of 2020, the non-profit mental health advocacy organization Mental Health America (MHA) published a report called 2021: The State of Mental Health in America. The report helps anyone interested in mental health issues understand the big picture. […]

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When Does an Adolescent Need a Psychiatric Hospital vs. A Lower Level of Care?

How Can Parents Tell What Level of Care Their Teen Needs? Mental health disorders, like any other type of illness humans experience, come in all types. This is true across the lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and seniors can all develop mental health disorders. Although the disorders share similar characteristics when they appear in the different […]

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California Offers the Best Residential Treatment Centers for Teens

Teen Treatment Centers in The Golden State If your teen has a serious mental health condition, they may need residential treatment. Teens with emotional, behavioral, or alcohol/substance use disorders (AUD/SUD) typically begin treatment with less immersive levels of care, such as outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), or partial hospitalization programs (PHP). However, if your […]

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Are Psychiatric Treatment Centers the Best Option for Your Troubled Teen?

How Do You Know if Your Troubled Teen Needs Psychiatric Treatment? The teenage years can be challenging for teens and parents alike. Adolescence is a time of radical transformation in virtually every area of a teenager’s life. Without going into extensive detail in each of these categories, we’ll review the major changes that occur for […]

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Self-Cutting Treatment for Teens: Outpatient, Inpatient, or Hospitalization

Evidence-Based Treatment for Teens Who Self-Harm Self-cutting – known among mental health experts by its clinical name, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) – can be difficult to understand for someone who’s never engaged in or known anyone who’s engaged in the behavior. The first person most people ask themselves is “Why?” That’s the most common question parents […]

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As Parents Return to Work, Teens May Not Handle It Well. Here’s Why.

As COVID cases continue to drop nationwide, life is slowly returning to normal. Schools that closed are gradually opening for in-person classes. Sporting events, concerts, and parties are resuming. And parents are gearing up to go back to their regular work schedules if they haven’t already. To most people, this is all good news. Not […]

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Self-Injury Treatment Programs for Non-Suicidal Teens

Treatment for Teens Who Engage in Self-Injury But Aren’t Suicidal When parents discover their teen engages in the maladaptive pattern of behavior mental health professionals call non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), the first question most ask themselves is why. That’s after the initial shock fades, of course. Learning their teenage child intentionally harms themselves can be confusing […]

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The Best Options for Mental Health Treatment in Los Angeles

Mental Health Treatment Helps Teens Become The Best Version of Themselves The past year has been eventful, to say the least. The events started early. The early spring brought the pandemic. The summer brought months of protests around racial and social justice. The fall brought the national elections, followed by upheaval around various election-related events […]

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