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    Preventing Suicidal Ideation and Attempt through Chrysalis After-School

    A report released in May reported a significant rise in the number of school-age children and teens thinking of, or actually attempting suicide. An estimated 2 million teens attempt suicide annually, and 15 die every day. According to a study released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, from 2008 to 2015, the number […]

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    Toxic Masculinity

    Can masculinity be toxic?  The concept of toxic masculinity is used by psychologists to describe certain traditional norms of behavior that are associated harm – to society and to men themselves. At some point in our lives we have all been told to “man up,” toughen up,” “don’t be a softie,” or “win at all […]

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  • Gender Roles and the Holidays

    The American Psychological Association reports that only 25% of women admit to relaxing during the holidays.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 44% of women report higher stress levels: feeling the pressure to plan, shop, decorate, cook, coordinate, and entertain. Gender-coded roles also demand that we create the “perfect” holiday – media scenes of perfect domesticity, increasing […]

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    Cyberbullying: A Gender Issue

    We all remember the campaign speech last fall, when future First Lady Melania Trump announced she would adopt a key issue after the election: combatting cyber-bullying.  Although the speech was met with a hearty measure of skepticism (particularly in the current online climate including her husband’s tweets), her message was important.  “It is never okay,” […]

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    Critical Mental Health Concerns for College Students

    It’s tough to keep a focus today.  This is especially true for college students and young people, who are new to the “real-world” experience and face stress, fatigue, overwork, or possibly more serious mental illness.  OnlineColleges.net reports that up to 75% of college students who may have mental health problems do not seek help.  Here […]

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    Did You Know? Psychiatric Anxiety Disorders Affect 74M USA Children

    Did you know that half of all psychiatric illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75% before age 24. Here’s some more interesting statistics: most common psychiatric disorders in childhood are anxiety disorders (40.2%), ADHD and disruptive behavior (29.2% – a 42% increase since 2003), depression and bipolar disorders (25.5%), and eating disorders (2/7%). More recently, between 1.5% and 2.6% of children are estimated to have an autism spectrum disorder (4.5 times as many boys as girls). Want to find out more about these interesting facts?

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    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recommendations

    We’ve taken the opportunity to review the CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE SERVICE DELIVERY IN CENTRAL IOWA report published in May 2015. This report is important for the mental health of our families, neighbors, and friends. Read our summation and recommendations of the challenges and opportunities that most likely face all of us in one way or another.

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