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Behavioral Health

Pandemic Mental Health: It’s More Important than Ever for Parents and Youth to Make Mental Health a Priority

Pandemic Mental Health: It’s More Important than Ever for Parents and Youth to Make Mental Health a Priority By Judy Lester, Treatment Director, Licensed Independent Social Work Supervisor, Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner It’s no secret these are unprecedented, trying times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with seeming no end in sight, we know families across …

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How to Help Our Children Channel Feelings of Disappointment Into Feelings of Gratitude

The last few months have challenged us mentally, physically and spiritually. When you made those new year’s resolutions just five months ago, chances are not one involved socially distancing or homeschooling kids. In fact, social distancing, pandemic and coronavirus weren’t even parts of everyday language and COVID-19 was just a series of random letters and …

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SAFY Helps to Spread Awareness for Youth Victims of Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Facts about dating abuse and teen violence, domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24. Other alarming facts include: Nearly 20.9% of female high school students and 13.4% of male high school students report being …

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Tragedy of suicide

The Tragedy of Suicide: Ways to Spot Signs in At-Risk Youth and How to Get Help

The devastating reality is that suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 19. Suicide can be a preventable tragedy but it’s also very complex. Getting help or seeking counseling or therapy is a key barrier for many who are struggling with thoughts or attempts at taking their own life. …

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PTSD in Foster Care

The Prevalence of PTSD in Foster Care Youth

Did you know about one in four youth in foster care will experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms? Former foster children are also twice as likely as U.S. war veterans to experience PTSD in adulthood. For young people suffering with PTSD, it is a continuous challenge that can be a debilitating mental illness when undiagnosed. …

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Autism awareness month

Every Month is Autism Awareness Month When You Parent a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. From blue lights to puzzle pieces, public initiatives and events ensure more people than ever know about autism. Awareness also can be attributed to increased incidence. For decades, the best estimate for the prevalence of autism was 4 to 5 per 10,000 children. Today, the CDC reports …

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Avoid the stress of the holidays

Managing Your Family’s Stress this Holiday Season

Cue the white lights, cheerful festivities and holiday cheer. The world has a way of growing brighter and more magical this time of year. It’s no wonder why, as October dwindles down and the ghouls go back to sleep, restless excitement begins to spark within us. There are endless things to look forward to during …

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Therapeutic foster care patient

Therapeutic Foster Care and Behavioral Health Services for Foster Youth 

Many youth in foster care have experienced traumatic events in their lifetimes. In fact, it’s been cited that up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to about 18-22 percent of the general population.  The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Foster Care America initiative identifies mental and behavioral health as the greatest unmet …

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