Suicide among teens within the United States were at a record high level in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There are many hypotheses for why this is, some of which I've discussed in earlier essays, but in honor of National Suicide Prevention week, I wanted to focus on the risk factors for suicide. Risk factors for suicide include: previous suicide attempts, drug or alcohol use, history of psychiatric diagnosis, poor self control, a history of abuse, a his
With Thanksgiving this week, I've been thinking a lot about gratitude. Gratitude can act as a bond between people. If someone has been kind to you, or done you a service, you are naturally inclined to go out of your way for them. Not surprisingly, there is a growing body of research that shows that there is an association between feeling thankful and feeling contented. I find this interesting because as parents, youth workers and teachers we tend to work towards our children'
My personal Facebook feed has been flooded with pictures of 2018 graduates, both high school and college students. For so many, graduation means senior pictures, invitations, parties, fancy cakes, and gifts. It is an exciting time in the lives of young people and their families; one chapter of their lives is closing and another is beginning. Far removed from my Facebook feed, however, are the 25 graduating students who have been involved in programs at the Teen Action and Sup