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Category: Stress

What’s Inside the Wrapping Paper?

This week I wrapped my gift for our office white elephant gift exchange. I’m the one that always gives the weird stuff at these gift exchanges. Many years ago, for a family white elephant gift exchange with the theme “snowman”, much to the horror of my aunt Ruth, I showed up with a 3-foot plastic … Continued

How mentally strong is your athlete?

Does a strong physique for an athlete relate to them being strong with their mental health? Do old school coaches who verbally abuse high school and college athletes make the person “mentally tough” or do they instead about bring undo stress, anxiety, pressure and fear of making a mistake?   Does the yelling, barking and … Continued

Introducing C&A’s new Family Programming

Family Programming is Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s newest program and specializes in offering parenting strategies for families who have toddlers and children struggling with behavioral issues to offering tips to parents of teenagers. Family Programming will offer this support through two different programs: Positive Parenting Program (Triple p) and Strengthening Families Program (SFP). The … Continued

What can a parent do if catching teenager sexting?

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 … Continued

Sextortion exploits kids to send explicit photos/videos

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 … Continued

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

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 … Continued

What if weed is legalized in Ohio?

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 … Continued

Has legalizing marijuana increased adolescent usage?

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 … Continued

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

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 … Continued

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

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 … Continued