Glimmers of Hope

Glimmers of Hope

Due to the lingering pandemic, 2021 left Americans grappling with “covid fatigue” and an enormous amount of uncertainty and change. At the same time, many of us began re-evaluating our larger values, priorities, and life choices in positive ways. If there is a silver lining to the disruption of the past 20 months, it’s that …

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A Story of Despair and Hope

No parent imagines a future where their 9-year-old child spends five weeks in a psychiatric unit. It was certainly the furthest thing from a possibility in my mind. Then came the pandemic.  Online learning (epic fail); homeschooling (disaster); nearly a year homebound with a single, working parent (devastatingly lonely); way too much time staring at …

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Letter from Valerie Barton

Letter from Valerie Barton

When I first watched NO LETTING GO, the film that recounts our founder, Randi Silverman’s, experience as she struggled to find resources and support for her struggling child, there was so much that I related to in the film: the fear, the pain, the terrible feeling that you are doing everything you can to help …

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Silver Linings

Welcome 2020 hands in winter gloves Heart symbol with sunset

As 2020 slowly crept to its end, I found it harder than usual to find silver linings. But as I sat down to write a piece about the new year, I reminded myself of the power of turning pain into purpose and knew I needed to reflect back on 2020 before moving forward. I found …

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Gratitude and Mental Health

Gratitude and Mental Health

If there is ever a time to focus on gratitude, certainly it is during this season of Thanksgiving. Studies have shown that there are many benefits to finding and expressing gratitude on a regular basis, including increased happiness, improved physical and mental health, better life satisfaction, decreased levels of depression, and improvements in social connections, …

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The Other Health Crisis on Campus

campus mental health crisis

Our nation’s college students are in grave danger. Despite their best efforts, many universities are facing viral outbreaks, closing their doors, and sending students home. But what about the thousands of colleges that have remained open? Are they keeping their students safe? Administrators at many colleges (especially those with smaller student bodies) are answering with …

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Fathers need support, too!

Fathers Need Support hands together

Fathers need support, too! At The Parent Support Network, we love the perspective that men bring when they attend our meetings. Dads are particularly vulnerable to the stigma around raising a child with a mental health disorder and they don’t often have the opportunity to share their feelings in a safe environment. The isolation can …

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BACK TO SCHOOL

Back to school stress

A school year has never started with so much uncertainty and controversy.   Without clear and consistent directions or guidelines, parents are left to make very difficult, painful, and consequential decisions about their children’s education. Will it be detrimental to your children’s mental health to keep them home, or will it be detrimental to their …

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The Youth Mental Health Project: Supporting Our Children

Supporting our children Mental health

I was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago. While I am grateful to be alive, the experience led me to become a fierce champion of an entirely different cause. During my 12 months of treatment, including aggressive chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, my family, friends, and community members rallied by my side. The flowers, babysitting …

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YMHP Statement on Racism in America, and its Impact on Mental Health

Black Lives Matter

The Youth Mental Health Project stands in solidarity with all who oppose racism and inequality in our nation, and we demand systemic change. We condemn all institutions and leaders who promote and perpetuate violence. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We are listening and we want to do better. We know that It is not …

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