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The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is a free, practical, online educational resource dedicated to promoting and supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, teens, and young adults. Visit us online at mghclaycenter.org.

Activity #1: Recognize Stress

May 7, 2021

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Activity #1: Recognize Stress

Please note stress support resources at the end of the activity outline – sometimes conversations about stress can bring up other feelings as well. Don’t forget to log your progress here, when complete! It’s Week 1 of our Self-Care for Resilience Classroom Challenge! This week’s activity is to help students Recognize Stress. You decide what […]

Prioritizing Parent Mental Health (Webinar)

April 20, 2021

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Prioritizing Parent Mental Health (Webinar)

As a parent, in order to support your child or teen’s mental well-being, you need to put on your own oxygen mask first. How do you do that in the middle of a pandemic that’s taken a disproportionate toll on parent mental health? The JED Foundation and the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at […]

The Clay Center’s 2020 Emotional Healing Playlist

December 9, 2020

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The Clay Center’s 2020 Emotional Healing Playlist

Amidst a pandemic, economic strain, political tension, rising mental illness, and more – we are all in need of some emotional healing. Let the healing begin! Our executive director Dr. Gene Beresin says that music has the power to help us feel, heal, and connect with others. So, in the spirit of a music mental […]

Minneapolis: Helping Young People to Understand and Stay Safe

June 5, 2020

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Minneapolis: Helping Young People to Understand and Stay Safe

This is not the first time we have had to help our kids process a horrifying situation like this. The unfolding of events over the past week, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, share stark similarities with the unrest following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, over five years ago. We […]

Family: Stories of Adoption

February 22, 2018

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Family: Stories of Adoption

According to the Urban Dictionary, a family is “a group of people…who genuinely love, trust, care about, and look out for each other… REAL family is a bondage that cannot be broken by any means.” At the Clay Center, this definition resonates because we know from working with so many different young people and caregivers […]

Teen Driving Study Reveals “App and Drive” is New Danger Among Teens, New Worry for Parents

August 1, 2016

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Teen Driving Study Reveals “App and Drive” is New Danger Among Teens, New Worry for Parents

BOSTON, August 1, 2016 – Teens have been inundated with messages about the dangers of texting while driving over the past several years—and while this message is still vitally important, texting is not the only danger popping up on their smartphone.  According to new research conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive […]

Dr. Gene Beresin Named Senior Advisor for New Students Against Destructive Decisions Driving Study

May 2, 2016

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Dr. Gene Beresin Named Senior Advisor for New Students Against Destructive Decisions Driving Study

For immediate release BOSTON, Mass. – The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) announced that Dr. Gene Beresin, executive director of The Clay Center, is becoming the senior advisor on child and adolescent psychiatry for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and their national peer-to-peer driving study. “We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. […]

Lesley University and The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds Partner to Fight Child Homelessness

June 16, 2015

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Lesley University and The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds Partner to Fight Child Homelessness

For immediate release BOSTON, Mass. – According to The National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the United States is more than 2.5 million and increasing dramatically. To address this issue, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds has partnered with Lesley University on their Child Homelessness Initiative to raise awareness and […]

New public health project supported by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

May 5, 2015

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New public health project supported by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

For immediate release BOSTON, Mass. – The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has announced their involvement in expanding a cost-effective public health program called Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) through an advocacy and public awareness project led by the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, a coalition of more […]

Autism Has Changed Explains Dr. Ellen Braaten from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

April 15, 2015

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Autism Has Changed Explains Dr. Ellen Braaten from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

For immediate release BOSTON, Mass. – April is Autism Awareness Month and Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has published an article today that highlights changes in autism spectrum. The article “DSM-5: What Happened to Asperger’s?” addresses the recent changes in diagnosing autism. Dr. Braaten […]