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C&A ‘s Collegiate Fairs offers self-care tips, suicide prevention

By Dan Mucci | October 5, 2022

  College is an exciting time for families. For many young adults, making the transition from living under their parent’s roof to venturing out on their own and make their own decisions is exhilarating, stressful, fun and anxiety filled. The experience often includes meeting new friends, learning about different cultures and managing expectations or reaching out for help from professors. For some students, working their way through college while attending a non-residential campus or returning to school while supporting a family presents its own challenges. Child and Adolescent … Continued

What can a parent do if catching teenager sexting?

By Dr. Seandra Walker | September 26, 2022

In today’s ever fast-paced lifestyle, teenagers and their parents often pass each other during the day but struggle to find time for meaningful dialog. Once your child falls asleep for the night, you decide to check their phone. Scrolling through text messages and SnapChat conversations, shockingly you stumble across a picture of your child’s significant other showing off body private parts. Through the course of following the text message chain, you discover your child is encouraged or pressured to share images of their private parts. But then you … Continued

Sextortion exploits kids to send explicit photos/videos

By Dr. Seandra Walker | August 31, 2022

What is sextortion? Greek philosopher Heraclitus has been famously quoted as saying, “Change is the only constant in life.” More than 2,500 years later, this could not be truer regarding technology and the internet. Technology is always changing, as are the social dynamics of an online world.   Twenty years ago, parents warned their children of “creeps in AOL chatrooms.” Today, most parents are unaware of how predatory the internet truly is. “Stranger danger” has been hammered into children’s heads for decades: Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t accept … Continued

What is a QMHS? How are they different from a Case Manager or Therapist?

By Dan Mucci | August 16, 2022

Do you know what a Qualified Mental Health Specialist (QMHS) is and how they differ from a case manager or therapist? Most people have some knowledge regarding case management but are not as familiar with the term Qualified Mental Health Specialist. By definition, a case manager helps their patients understand their options concerning the specific situation they are dealing with at the time. A case manager is a liaison between patients and their treatments or care options. Case managers are available in a variety of areas including substance … Continued

What if weed is legalized in Ohio?

By Dr. Karita Nussbaum | July 26, 2022

Last summer, *The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol launched an effort to legalize marijuana use in Ohio for adults only. The proposed law, “Legalizes and regulates the cultivation, manufacture, testing and sale of marijuana and marijuana products to adults aged 21 and up. Legalizes home grow for adults aged 21 or older with a limit of six plants per person and 12 plants per household.” The proposal narrowly missed the deadline and will likely be on the ballot in 2023. Marijuana laws are changing at a rapid … Continued

Has legalizing marijuana increased adolescent usage?

By Dr. Karita Nussbaum | July 12, 2022

I recently attended the 2022 Cannabis Summit, hosted by The Ohio State University School of Social Work. One of the presentations was of particular interest in light of Ohio’s ongoing push to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Colorado legalized marijuana for medical use in 2000, medical marijuana became commercialized in 2010 and retail marijuana was legalized in 2012. The seminar, “Colorado Experience with Cannabis Legalization” provided some very interesting data that prompted a response from me. I reached out to Dr. Brad Conner, associate professor and director of … Continued

Understanding and being an ally the “T” in LGBTQ+

By Joseph Fisher | June 15, 2022

June is designated as Pride Month across the world. Recently, Stark County held its First Pride Festival at Centennial Plaza. In Part 1 of this blog series, information was provided to define sexual orientation/gender identification and how you can be an ally to an LGBTQ+ adolescent. In the second part of this LGBTQ+ series, C&A is providing information to expand your knowledge and become an ally for everyone in this community! This post will answer the question “What’s the T?” in LGBTQ+ as well as exploring other gender … Continued

How can you be an ally to a LGBTQ+ adolescent?

By Joseph Fisher | June 1, 2022

June is PRIDE month in the United States. This year, Stark County’s LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Community is sponsoring a PRIDE Festival June 11 at Centennial Plaza. As the LGBTQ+ becomes more known in the country, there is a chance you likely know someone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. If you identify with the LGBTQ+, know that you are not alone in your reactions, your reaction is valid, and that you are on a path that many have been on before! If you … Continued

What are you doing this May for National Mental Health Awareness Month?

By Dan Mucci | May 17, 2022

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) has many activities taking place throughout the month to bring awareness to youth mental health. Gratitude is an excellent self-care tip. There are multiple ways for you to give and express your gratitude by participating in these events. So, how may you express a grateful heart that benefits C&A and gives you a sense of self-care? Here are some different ways. Canton Round-Up C&A is sponsoring its first Canton Round Up. The Canton Round Up is a way for community members to … Continued

A week of positivity for 52,000 Stark County Students

By Sir Elliott | April 26, 2022

Stark County Schools Mental Health Awareness Week is May 2-6. This week, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A’s) and its community partners are using this opportunity to bring positive mental health awareness to more than 50,000 students all across Stark County. Fifteen Stark County school districts have selected at least one student to discuss how that student views mental health. These students are known as a Stark County “mental health champion.”  All 27 student mental health champions created a short video answering a question about how they view … Continued