Teens

Grassroots programs, communities come together to fight for mental health

“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” This African proverb exemplifies the importance of a community to prevent violence and mental illness. Poverty, mental illness, domestic violence and gang crimes all have one thing in common: They are overlooked and their solutions are underfunded, resulting in worsening problems for America’s youth. Many parents …

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Learning by giving: 5 ways volunteering as a teen can bring success

Teenagers have a lot of responsibilities: school, work, family, friends and planning for their future. One would think it would be difficult to find time to volunteer; surprisingly, according to a recent survey, more than half of teenagers volunteered in some capacity in 2011. Many might believe that volunteering means giving up something to help …

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Risky business: Calculate risks to reap rewards

Studies have shown that more teenagers are prone to risk taking because their brain is not fully developed until they reach their mid-20s. Although teenagers and adolescents are risk takers, taking risks isn’t necessarily bad. There are good risks and bad risks. People do not become successful without taking good risks and people do not …

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Beyond the mask: Signs that reveal mental illness in teens

For a teenager, life can be overwhelming. Hormones are changing. Childhood is giving way to adulthood. It’s no wonder, then, that teenagers sometimes suffer from mood swings and sleep a little more — or a little less — than usual. Unfortunately, mental illnesses also pop up during those teen years. Some examples of mental illness …

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Singled out: The emotional toll of childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a rising epidemic in America. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of 6- to 11-year-old U.S. children who were considered obese rose from 7 percent in 1980 to almost 18 percent in 2012. More than one-third of U.S. children and teens were considered overweight or …

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4 keys to healthy weight loss and outlook

Developing a positive view toward nutrition and exercise during adolescence will set the scene for later in life. In other words, the earlier a person develops healthy eating patterns, the better. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and a good time to start making better eating patterns a daily habit. Here are some helpful …

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Suicidal ideation in youth: How to recognize it and what to do

Adolescence and young adulthood is a time filled with exciting adventures, new experiences and increased responsibilities. Unfortunately, it’s also a time marked by increased academic stress and overwhelming life transitions. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. To help the public better understand and prevent suicide, the American Foundation for …

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