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

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 … Continued

A week of positivity for 52,000 Stark County Students

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 … Continued

Trauma crosses generations through learned behaviors

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 … Continued

Facts About FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) is one of the most common preventable neuro-developmental disorders. FASDs are a collection of diagnoses with a range of different effects that occur in individuals who were exposed to alcohol through the umbilical cord during their mother’s pregnancy. The effects on an individual with an FASD diagnose differ from person … Continued

Puff bars: the new era of disposable Vaping

Vaping Pop Quiz If you found this item in your teen’s pocket, what might be in it?   a. Tampon b. Candy c. Puff Bar vape d. Flavored drink mix 2. If you saw this advertised, at first glance, you might think it was: a Breath freshener b. Lip gloss c. Perfume d. Vape pen … Continued

Respect and acceptance of Pride Month

The month of June brings many thoughts and ideas to mind – the year is nearly half over; school is out; warm weather and sunshine are here. However, June also signifies Pride Month, where a community of individuals are still fighting for acceptance. What is Pride month? The history behind this month and its importance? … Continued

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

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 … Continued

Recovery: the journey to sobriety

Sobriety is a journey … not a destination. The abuse or dependency on a substance is a difficult journey for an adolescent that is often filled with pitfalls and setbacks on the windy road to recovery.     Setbacks Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s Substance Use Disorder Lead Dr. Karita Nussbaum said if a user … Continued

Use, Abuse, & Dependency

For many adolescent and teenagers who are feeling a little stress or anxious in a social situation, they may surrender to peer pressure by experimenting with vaping or having an alcoholic beverage to relax their anxiety and fit in with their friends. Is one puff or alcoholic beverage a cause for concern? Perhaps not for … Continued