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October 17, 2017

Hot Topics

Embracing Reason in a World of (Expensive) Consumerism

Let’s talk about stuff.

I’m not talking about the stuff we talk about when we say to each other “Hey, we got stuff to talk about.”

I mean, literally, stuff.

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October 16, 2017

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Beyond Sexual Assault

Ali was brave and giving enough to share her story with us in 2015 about the lasting effects of sexual assault on a person’s mental health, long after the experience itself.

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October 13, 2017

Parenting Concerns

Using the Power of Narrative to #StopSuicide

Increasing public awareness of suicide is not an easy task. To truly grapple with the issue, we have to face some difficult and painful feelings.

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October 10, 2017

Families

We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

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October 4, 2017

Hot Topics

Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

So far in 2017,  there have been 273 mass shootings, an average of one a day since the beginning of the year, resulting in at least 346 deaths and 1,307 injuries.

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October 2, 2017

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Talking To Kids About Disasters (The Weather Channel)

Over the past month, the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has topped the headlines and media outlets. The earthquake in Mexico has shocked the world.

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October 17, 2017

Hot Topics

Embracing Reason in a World of (Expensive) Consumerism

Let’s talk about stuff.

I’m not talking about the stuff we talk about when we say to each other “Hey, we got stuff to talk about.”

I mean, literally, stuff.

View More...

October 16, 2017

Hot Topics

Beyond Sexual Assault

Ali was brave and giving enough to share her story with us in 2015 about the lasting effects of sexual assault on a person’s mental health, long after the experience itself.

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October 10, 2017

Hot Topics

We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

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October 4, 2017

Hot Topics

Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

So far in 2017,  there have been 273 mass shootings, an average of one a day since the beginning of the year, resulting in at least 346 deaths and 1,307 injuries.

View More...

October 2, 2017

Hot Topics

Talking To Kids About Disasters (The Weather Channel)

Over the past month, the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has topped the headlines and media outlets. The earthquake in Mexico has shocked the world.

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September 14, 2017

Hot Topics

“Looking for Luke” Documentary Released for Suicide Prevention Week, Begins National Tour

Filmmaker and producers to raise awareness about suicide on college campuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, Mass. – On Sept.

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October 16, 2017

Podcasts

Beyond Sexual Assault

Ali was brave and giving enough to share her story with us in 2015 about the lasting effects of sexual assault on a person’s mental health, long after the experience itself.

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July 12, 2017

Clay Center TV

Driving Dyslexia Away

A young NASCAR star and his parents discuss his triumph over dyslexia, and the Clay Center team provides guidance on what you can do if your child has learning differences.

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July 7, 2017

Clay Center TV

Drs. Beresin & Schlozman and the iPhone

Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman reflect on the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

 

“Look, someone’s calling. Do I have to answer it?” “No.

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July 6, 2017

Clay Center TV

Combating Mental Health Stigma

A look at why and how the stigma of mental illness persists in the African American community—among both young people and their families—and what some are doing to address it.

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June 8, 2017

Podcasts

When Kids Leave Home: Part 2

This is the second blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the first blog post, click here.

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June 7, 2017

Podcasts

When Kids Leave Home: Part 1

This is the first blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the second blog post, click here.

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