Articles containing: media

A Clay Center Top 10 – Blog Year in Review

Looking forward in 2020, we couldn’t help but look back at our most popular blog posts during 2019. Like everyone, we want to thrive in the year ahead. Learning what’s been of most interest and use to the parents and caregivers we serve helps us to decide on what new original content will best support families, nationwide and beyond.

11 Self-Care Tips for Teens and Young Adults

December 11, 2019

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Stress.  

Teens and young adults today are more stressed, anxious, depressed and lonely than ever – at least in the United States. At first glance, it’s hard to wrap your head around this fact.  

No one really knows the root cause, but it seems to be a perfect storm of several factors.

Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk With Our Kids

February 8, 2019

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Perhaps the hardest, certainly the saddest, and without question the most frustrating thing about sharing this blog post is that we have shared it now again and again over the past few years. Please do not allow the frequency of events like today’s awful news to ever seem routine.

Tips for Helping Children Cope with Hurricanes, Storms, and Their Aftermath

September 14, 2018

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Introduction

The Clay Center Team

When it comes to scary events, such as terror acts or natural disasters, our mission at the MGH Clay Center has always been to help parents appreciate the impact of kids seeing images on the screen and hearing about events that are potentially

Shrinking It Down: Kids, Marches, and Media (Season 1, Episode 14)

May 16, 2018

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You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes. 

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Recently, youth-driven marches such as ‘March for Our Lives’ have received extensive media coverage.

Reality TV: What’s Really Real?

In 2014, Dr. Holly Peek published an article on the MGH Clay Center Website discussing the strange world of reality TV. She began with a description of Kim Kardashian’s preparations for the birth of her first child.

Preventing School Shootings: Playing the Mental Health Card is Off the Mark

February 19, 2018

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Another senseless shooting and more loss of lives. We’ve said it before, and we now say it again: our hearts go out to the families, friends and communities of El Paso and Dayton.

We are re-posting our blog on Parkland, and how we can stop school shootings, since it is applicable to any mass shooting.

There Are All Sorts of Ways of Making Things Better

January 26, 2018

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Things might seem kind of awful lately.

Every news headline, from every corner of American ideology, feels pretty depressing.  We are subjected to nihilistic rants or apocalyptic predictions.  When do we smile? When our late-night talk-show hosts use our negativity for comedic material.  I’ll admit it.

Shrinking It Down: Political Angst in America? (Season 1, Episode 6)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes. 

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According to a 2017 report by the American Psychological Association, 2/3 of Americans feel stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of each Democrats and Republicans.

Shrinking It Down: Films That Heal, with Eric Lu (Season 1, Episode 5)

January 10, 2018

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You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes. 

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Films foster empathy and can even promote social action. Sharing stories of mental health through video allows viewers to deeply connect with storytellers.