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Understanding inappropriate sexual behavior in teenagers

By Dan Mucci | December 1, 2020

As a parent, after a long day at work, the kid’s homework is complete and they are in bed, you sit down to watch television. Grabbing your child’s phone, you do a check of text messages, apps and their internet browser. You are caught off guard when you see a sexually explicit image sent from the phone to another person. Panic suddenly sets in. Do you wake your child up and yell at them? Do you sit on the information until you can think clearly? Upon further investigation … Continued

Navigating the Unexpected: The Effects of COVID-19 on My Senior Year of College

By Brenna Walker | November 17, 2020

My wonderful friends and family have been chanting these words to me for the past 12 weeks. I can honestly attest: senioritis is real- especially now. My senior year is turning out to be very different from how I envisioned it. I was supposed to take a few trips, all of which have been canceled. I was supposed to intern at a hospital, but now they can’t let me. I was supposed to sing with my university’s choir for Homecoming weekend, graduation and Christmas. Instead, I’m sitting at … Continued

Refilling A Teen’s Resiliency

By Brenna Walker | October 26, 2020

In a recent blog post, C&A provided tips on how parents and teachers can build resiliency skills in younger children. But resiliency reaches far beyond just children. Teens who have been through traumatizing situations need help from parents and teachers as well, but in a slightly different way. Worn Out For parents of younger children, the goal is to begin building their child’s resiliency suitcase by carefully packing lessons and skills learned from past life experiences into a resource for later use. But as time goes on, those … Continued

Stark County College and Universities Unite for Mental Health

By Brenna Walker | October 6, 2020

It’s been pushed time and time again. Words like COVID-19, lockdown, masks, pandemic and social distancing has been floating around on the internet and in the news for months. No wonder that amidst all of 2020’s craziness, depression and anxiety cases are rising significantly according to some newer studies. To help young people all across Stark County combat the challenges facing society these days, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) will be sponsoring their second annual Collegiate Fair about Self Care and Mental Health at colleges and universities … Continued

Raising Resilient Children

By Brenna Walker | September 29, 2020

You are about to embark on an incredibly complex but rewarding adventure- helping your child through the long journey of life. This journey you share together will shape the way your child thinks, behaves and interacts with the world around them, and it is crucial for them to be set up with the proper tools or skills to tackle whatever challenges may come their way. Since we’re using the “journey of life” analogy, let’s think about it this way. If you were going on a trip, you would … Continued

Celebrating Children’s Mental Health At School and At Home

By Brenna Walker | September 13, 2020

New challenges are arising for students and parents as schools reopen this fall. With the challenges of COVID-19 still facing our world, mental health is a growing concern. In the past year, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) has seen a 33% increase in clientele. This number is expected to grow this year as youth learn to deal with stress, anxiety and depression due to COVID-19 and systemic racism. Will children be allowed to interact with each other? Will they still feel lonely or excluded? To continue to … Continued

Preventing Self-harm

By Dan Mucci | August 25, 2020

In an ideal world, a teenager will grow up living with their biological parents, is happy, self-regulated and living a care-free, stress-free lifestyle. But, as everyone knows, the world is not ideal. What pushes a child from being care-free and happy to self-harming and contemplating completing suicide? For parents, legal guardians and caregivers, there are often warning signs indicating your child may be entering into a dangerous situation. If your child has a change in clothing styles, friends, music or experiences mood swings or possibly noticing the child … Continued

Peer Advocates help teenagers transition to adulthood

By Dan Mucci | August 12, 2020

Many factors determine a teenager’s path to adulthood. Their own family choices will help chart the course. By law, at the age of 18, adolescents are considered adults and many parents entrust their children at this age to pay for all of life’s necessities by living in their own apartment, buying clothes, holding down a job and having transportation. Depending on the family dynamics and upbringing, some teenagers are not ready for the challenge or responsibility. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) provides services to help teenagers transition … Continued

Long Anticipated LYLS Online Auction is Here

By Dan Mucci | July 27, 2020

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s (C&A) long-awaited and much-anticipated Let Your Light Shine Online Auction is Aug. 3 to 14 featuring an array of items to bid on to suite everyone’s taste. C&A’s auction will feature items to pamper and treat yourself or help you get an early start on Christmas shopping, providing you can find hiding places. The 15th annual Let Your Light Shine fundraiser is C&A’s biggest fundraiser of the year to support ongoing programming and services the agency provides to the 4,400 clients we serve … Continued

A typical bon fire may be a teenagers cover up for substance use

By Kaiya Tyler | July 7, 2020

Campfires Now that it’s summer time, that means no school, warmer weather, bonfires and hangouts. Who doesn’t love a good campfire with s’mores, music, and friends? Some pre-teens and teenagers use bonfires as an excuse to get together and experiment with drinking and using different substances (vaping, marijuana and opioids to mention a few). Bonfires are the perfect time for teens to use substances because it is so easy to tell parents “I’m heading over to a friend’s house to hangout by the fire.” Where and when? Campfires … Continued