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How Can Young People Combat Teen Loneliness?

Teen loneliness. It seems the opposite of what most folks would think, but more and more surveys are finding that teenagers and young adults today may be lonelier than any other age group – even older adults.

In May 2023, the U.S.

Fears & Phobias in Kids, feat. Susan Sprich, PhD – Shrinking It Down

Fears and phobias are not the same thing.

All of us have fears – kids and adults alike. Many of us even enjoy a good scare now and again (there’s a reason why horror movies do so well). And most fears in our children – real or imagined – eventually respond to reassurance, emotional calming, or distraction.

Fear of the Dark? 16 Ways to Help Your Child

Halloween is almost here, and its presence is inescapable – from commercials and scary movies on TV to ghosts, goblins, and menacing figures in neighbors’ yards. And while it is an exciting and highly anticipated time for many kids, some look upon it with dread.

Processing the Impact of War in Israel and Palestine

October 11, 2023

It is with great sorrow that we share this statement, today.

Our Epidemic of Loneliness: Recommendations for Parents and Caregivers

Please stay tuned for Dr. Beresin’s forthcoming guide for parents and caregivers on Implementing the U.S. Surgeon General’s Recommendations to Combat Loneliness.

On May 3, 2023, The United States Surgeon General Dr.

Autism: Making the Transition to College, feat. Chris Keary, MD

Starting college for the first time can be a big deal for all kids, but for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder there’s even more to consider for making it a smooth transition. As parents, how do we provide the best support? How involved should we be?

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Programs and Services

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at MGH (“The Clay Center”) mission is to promote well-being by providing mental health education to aide in the prevention, reduction and de-stigmatization of mental illness in young people.

How Should We Respond to Anxiety in Our Kids? feat. Kevin Simon, MD

Anxiety. Unhealthy levels are rising in our kids and teens. What can we do to help them? On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple, Gene and Khadijah are joined by very special guest Dr. Kevin Simon, the first Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the City of Boston, to help make sense of it all.


Storm Anxiety: 11 Tips to Help Your Child Cope

Anxiety is a normal and protective way we humans have evolved to protect ourselves. But with the increasing number and severity of storms, it may feel as if our anxiety – and that of our children – is being fueled more than usual. Storm anxiety is on the rise.

Dr. Chester Pierce: Reflections on my Treasured Mentor

Center for the History of Medicine (Countway Library) (repository) and Perspectives of Change: The Story of Civil Rights, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access to Education at HMS and HSDM, “Oral history and a transcript for an interview with Chester Pierce, Perspectives of Change,” OnView: Di