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Stress and Children — How Not to “Bubble Wrap” Kids

We hear a lot these days about stress and its effect on children and teens. From all the media reports, you may have formed the impression that stress is bad for a child’s physical and mental health, that stress has reached epidemic proportions, and that you need to do everything …


Ten Ways to Help Your Children Look After Their Mental Health

Here are some tips from the website www.believeperform.com: Be a role model Demonstrate positive behaviors your children can learn from you. Talking Support your children. Talk about their problems and how they’re feeling. Coping skills Help your children acquire skills such as problem-solving and thought-challenging. Well-being Promote healthy eating and …


Dogs Can Help Relieve Anxiety in Kids

Interacting with dogs appears to boost mood and decrease stress levels in children and “improve clinically relevant symptoms,” new research suggests. In the study, 78 child volunteers were exposed to a stressful task and then randomly assigned to one of three 15-minute interventions. Those who were assigned to play with …


Getting Back to Basics with Toy Giving

Although Christmas is very near, you may still have some toy shopping to do for the children in your life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) has some things you should keep in mind — not just now, but at birthdays or any other time toys are on your shopping …


Grateful Thanks to Project MKC

Project MKC (formerly Making Kids Count) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in northeast Ohio dedicated to the most vulnerable in our community — our children. Alta Behavioral Healthcare is one of several agencies in our area who benefit from the wonderful work done by Project MKC. Their Diaper Bank meets …


Independent Living Skills Your Child Needs Before Moving Away from Home

We talk a lot about the many services Alta Behavioral Healthcare provides to children and their families. But we also work with teens and young adults on a variety of issues. For example, we often help individuals ages 19-21 in dealing with the transition to adulthood and independence. Making the decision …


Working with Children Who Have Undergone Trauma Affects Those Helping Them Too

We’ve written in a previous blog about Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s Trauma Care programs, which are the most comprehensive in the Mahoning Valley. Under the direction of Meg Harris, LPC, Community Support and Trauma Supervisor, Alta has also developed a Trauma Informed Care Program designed to train other community organizations, businesses and/or schools …


Coping with Grief This Holiday Season

With the coming of the holidays, you and your family may be experiencing joy recalling years of wonderful memories — or the dread of facing this season differently than you have in the past. If you’ve lost a loved one or experienced another tragedy this year, you may find the …


Please Vote YES on Issue 2 (Mental Health and Recovery Levy)

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. We urge everyone to vote YES for Issue 2, which supports the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board. This is a 1.35-mill (0.85-mill renewal and a 0.5-mill increase) levy for five years for current expenses that will raise $5,429,527 annually. This funding is vital …


Be Aware of Suicide Warning Signs — and ACT

by Sarah Babyak National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is an opportunity for a difficult topic to be more widely discussed in our society and communities. It’s a time to highlight resources, share stories and provide facts in an effort reduce the stigma on this emotional and personal topic. We use …


What Does Temperament Mean for You and Your Infant or Toddler?

Temperament describes the way any individual — regardless of age — approaches and reacts to the world. It is a personal “style” that is present from birth, and an important feature of social and emotional health. The compatibility between a parent and his or her child’s temperament can impact the quality …


Treating Teens’ Depression May Have a Ripple Effect on Their Families

 Excerpted from The Atlantic, August 11, 2018 Preliminary new research, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association on Saturday, suggests that when depressed teens go through some version of mental-health treatment, symptoms of depression in their parents lessen. The finding, based on a study of 325 American …


The Benefits of Outside Play

by Sarah E. Macovitz, LSW Growing up, I was always told by my parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbors that playing outside was “good for you.” Of course, this was long before cell phones, video games or other electronic devices that keep our attention nowadays. I have been working on loads …


The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children

by Victoria Prooday NOTE: The following article appeared in a blog written by Victoria Prooday for the website Faithit. Ms. Prooday is a registered Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist, and founder and clinical director of a multidisciplinary clinic for children and parents. The views expressed in this article are her own, and do not …


Suicide Is Preventable – Get Help

The well-publicized recent suicides of two celebrities has resulted in a surge of calls to suicide hotlines nationwide. It’s a good time to remind everyone that help is available for those who are in despair. If you or someone you know is hurting, please seek out the support you need. …