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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

C&A is seeing clients through telehealth

By Allison Esber | June 23, 2020

Whether you are new to professional mental health support or have been in treatment before, help is here. Telehealth provides video and/or telephone counseling support due to increased worry, stress, loneliness and other factors. Intake, assessments and treatment can be done safely from the comfort of your home, and all the important things like privacy, confidentiality and the ability to get services regardless of your financial situation still apply. So if you’ve noticed significant changes in your mood; if you’re involved in behaviors that concern you; or if for … Continued

Start a conversation on race and racism with your children

By Mary Kreitz | June 10, 2020

It’s all over the news and social media.  Tens of thousands of people have shown up to protest over the killing of George Floyd, over numerous incidents of police brutality and over the systemic racism that is pervasive in this country. There are growing demands to have racism recognized as a public health emergency. Hatred, bigotry and violence are happening on a massive scale. If you’re not already talking to your children about race and racism, you should. Start now. It’s not too late. It is that important. … Continued

Teenage substance use struggles during COVID-19

By Dan Mucci | May 28, 2020

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) offers two programs/services to Stark County teenagers in regards to substance use. The first program is a prevention program – Stark County Youth Led Prevention. The second program offers help for kids who have substance use problems – our Gemini program. Within the Gemini program are two levels of treatment based on client needs. Alternatives is an education group and Decisions is the intensive outpatient program group. During a typical school year, children are attending in-person classes from August through May. This … Continued

A 2020 graduate provides honest, raw emotions of lost senior year

By Keila Martinez | May 11, 2020

2020 has already been a rollercoaster ride for everyone, however, as a senior in college, I assumed this ride would look a lot different. When I would daydream about this year, I saw myself spending my last semester hanging out with friends, spending long nights in the library, talking to my professors face-to-face about my future and having a job laid out. In reality, this hasn’t been the case. Instead, I went on spring break, and returned to my campus just to be sent home later that week. … Continued