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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

What are signs your child may be autistic?

By Dan Mucci | April 5, 2022

April is Autism Acceptance Month.  With the number of individuals diagnosed with autism increasing every year, there has been a transition from autism awareness to autism acceptance.  The journey toward acceptance begins with education.  So, what is autism? Autism Spectrum Disorder is a life-long developmental disorder that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, meaning that people with autism may share certain difficulties; however, their condition will affect … Continued

What are some individuals gay while others are not?

By Dan Mucci | March 16, 2022

As clinicians, we often hear the acronym LGBTQIA+ in reference to those with a variety of gender identities and sexual orientations. But are you aware of what those letters stand for?  The abbreviation refers to various gender identities and sexual orientations including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Ally. The ‘+’ in the acronym can include various other identities including pansexual, demigirl, demiboy, gender non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, asexual, and aromantic. As this is a growing field, new identities and terms are emerging, and it becomes … Continued

Unlocking mental stress for students in extracurriculars

By Sir Elliott | February 28, 2022

A freshman in high school begins his first ever varsity football season. He must wake up early in the morning to catch the bus to school. He is taking CCP classes and several other challenging courses. He is a smart student, but he still needs time to study. He has two free study hall periods during the school day. He uses this time to study and complete assignments. However, these two mods are only 40 minutes long. After the final bell lets out, he has to rush down … Continued

Biologically-based Multigenerational Trauma

By Mary Kreitz | February 2, 2022

Previous blog posts in this series have looked at ways that trauma can spread across groups and cultures and ways that trauma can be passed down through generations.  Today we are going to take a look at biologically-based ways that trauma can be transmitted from parent to child.   In Ultero Exposure   When a person goes through a high stress situation there are chemical reactions that happen in the body.  Of particular importance, the stress hormone cortisol is released to mobilize the resources needed to engage the … Continued

Trauma crosses generations through learned behaviors

By Mary Kreitz | January 19, 2022

Multigenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down from one generation to the next.  Often the people affected by multigenerational trauma aren’t even aware of it.  They might describe their lives as difficult, but because it doesn’t fit the typical profile of trauma, they wouldn’t use the word trauma to describe what they’ve experienced. One way that trauma can be transmitted across generations is through learned behaviors. Human beings are amazing for our ability to learn from experience and from the example of others.  For most people parents … Continued

How does one traumatic event affect a family for generations?

By Mary Kreitz | January 5, 2022

Trauma has occurred throughout human history.  Awful things have happened to people that overwhelm the ability to cope and have effects that last for a long time. Most of the time when we talk about trauma the focus is on individuals – how individual persons experience and are affected by traumatic events.  However, recent research has shed light on the ways that trauma’s impact can be much broader than that.  Whole families, communities, and groups of people in society can be affected by the same traumatic event.  The … Continued