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Grief camp for kids: Helping children find the sun after enormous loss

Because children grieve differently from adults, they can benefit from bereavement support tailored to their specific needs.  Grief camps for kids help children process grief and loss through group and one-on-one counseling, yes, but also through play and art.  You can observe the power of children’s grief camps in the…

Past-life memories in young kids: Does child reincarnation hold up?

A division of the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia has conducted extensive research into the “past life memories” of children. These spontaneous child “reincarnation” stories usually have elements in common, like the violent death of the previous personality and intense emotions.  Some critics use psychological explanations like…

Observe World Mental Health Day on October 10: Understand, prioritize, and raise awareness for mental health

World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10th in over 100 countries to promote mental health awareness and advocate for individuals with mental health issues. Since its inception in 1992, World Mental Health Day has helped to expand knowledge, advocate against social stigmas, and support people suffering from…

Study says early cannabis use in teens can have negative effects on their cognitive functioning

A new study says that using cannabis as a teen or adolescent can have negative impacts on cognitive functioning, especially verbal memory. Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine tested and analyzed siblings (unlike other similar studies) to rule out familial factors. The study used interviews and neuropsychological…

Isolated kids become lonely, unsociable adults: Research suggests social isolation in childhood damages little-known brain circuit that is responsible for regulating social behavior in adulthood

A new study suggests that social isolation in childhood has a harmful impact on an area of the brain that regulates social behavior in adulthood. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai experimented with male mice to observe the effects of social isolation. They found that isolation…

What will back to school look like for your child? Understand the challenges your child will face and help them prepare for the new school year

As schools prepare to reopen in September, the uncertainty of what to expect raises a myriad of questions and feelings for parents and students alike. What will the procedures be like in schools? Will children be asked to wear masks and social distance? Will full classroom learning continue, or will…

Are you worried that your child or teen is suicidal? A mental health professional offers actionable tips for getting them the help they need

If your teen confides in you about suicidal thoughts or feelings, validate their emotional pain, show that you take them seriously, and ask them important (yet non-threatening) questions about it. You should also assure them that you’re on their side—let them know you support them and you’ll make it through…

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