Best Questions to Ask When Choosing a College from a Mental Health Perspective

With the college application season in full swing, parents are looking for guidance and resources to help make the tough decisions, especially when it comes to creating the best mental health support system for future college students.

In this webinar, Gregg Pauletti, Owner and Director at RCHI Education Group and Chad Dorman, Founder & Director of Leonard Andrew Consulting, focus on how to determine the level of support you'll need. You’ll learn valuable tips for navigating your choices and key questions to ask when sorting out your education options.

Understanding Children and Teen Grief

This webinar will explore best practices for supporting parents, children, adolescents, and teens in the aftermath of a death loss, especially one due to suicide.

During our time together, we will explore the concepts and understanding of death from a developmental context and recommended age-appropriate language for explaining concepts of death and dying to kids and teens.

We will look at how adults often avoid discussing death, especially suicide, directly with children, the implications of avoidance and secrecy, and self-care for the parent or caregiver.

About the Mental Health of Young Athletes!

In youth sports, success is usually measured in wins, without regard for the emotional cost of that success. For student athletes juggling pressure to compete, while maintaining classwork and keeping grades up, those emotional costs can be big and the stigma around discussing them can be enormous. We need to start opening up about what our athletes are coping with – and how we can help them avoid struggling alone and in silence.

On June 29, The Youth Mental Health Project partnered with Morgan’s Message, a Virginia-based mental health non-profit focused on student-athletes and their unique mental health challenge, for a very important discussion about how to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete community, ways we can better support our student athletes as they cope with intense pressure, and how we can move toward equalizing the treatment of physical and mental health in athletics so no athlete ever struggles alone again.

Your Burning Questions about Stress & Anxiety in Children, Answered!

Stress, fear, and nerves are a natural experience for everyone - including children and adolescents. But, too much stress or fear can impact children's education, relationships, and behavior. Often children find it difficult to describe these complex feelings. So, how can we tell when negative feelings are normal or a sign of concern? When would therapy be beneficial? How can we help our children talk about and manage their stress and anxiety?

All this and more, answered by Dr. Ariana Hoet, a pediatric psychologist and the Clinical Director at On Our Sleeves, a program of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by YMHP's own Lauren Moore, Social Media Manager.

ADHD, Eating Disorders, & Body Image Disorders: What Parents Need to Know

An in-depth conversation with Dr. Roberto Olivardia, one of the leading experts on ADHD, eating disorders, and their effect on body image.


• What are eating disorders and why do they happen? • Are people with ADHD more predisposed to eating disorders? If so, why? • How do youth with ADHD think about their body image? • How do I know if my child has an eating disorder related to their ADHD? • What are the available treatments and interventions? • How do I find specialists with the expertise to help my child with an ADHD-driven eating disorder? What questions should I ask?

Roberto Olivardia, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a co-author of The Adonis Complex: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, executive functioning issues, and issues that face students with learning differences. He also specializes in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. Dr. Olivardia has appeared in publications such as Time, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and Rolling Stone, and he has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and VH1.

What is DBT?: A Discussion with Dr Gillian Galen the Author of DBT for Dummies.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one of the most popular – and most effective – treatments available for managing out-of-control thoughts and emotions.

But what actually IS DBT and how can it help your child?

The Youth Mental Health Project is thrilled to present Dr. Gillian Galen, co-author of DBT for Dummies, who will take the mystery out of DBT and help you put it to work to help your family.

Parent Support Network Facilitator Brenda Siegel hosted an information-packed conversation with Dr. Galen, discussing skills and strategies that can help your child regulate emotions, interact more effectively with people, and deal with stressful situations.

Whether your child struggles with anxiety, depression, anger, phobias, disordered eating, or intrusive thoughts, join us to learn how to help your child take control of self-destructive behaviors and negative thought patterns, and move further along the road to wellness.

The College Transition Through the Lens of Mental Health

Is your child preparing to go to college? Are you concerned about how to make it a safe, healthy transition? Studies show that 1 in 4 college students is living with a diagnosable mental health illness yet, for many students entering college, the identification of support services does not occur until after they arrive on campus. This can be a recipe for disaster.

Join The Youth Mental Health Project for a unique and important conversation with:

- Gregg Pauletti, founder and Director of the RCHI Group, an educational consulting firm that works exclusively with young adults who are living with mental health challenges. Gregg will lend his time and expertise to address and answer questions on topics like:

· How the special services process changes after high school, and what steps you can take to ensure your student receives the proper supports in college

· When, why, and how students should seek special accommodations

· 504b plans and IEPs – what’s the difference and why do colleges treat them differently
OCD: One Adult Looks Back

In honor of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Awareness week (Oct. 10-16), The Youth Mental Health Project is proud to feature a frank conversation with John Tessitore, diagnosed with OCD in 7th grade, and now, at age 31, running his own nonprofit foundation, dedicated to the childhood mentor who helped him cope with his disorder.

John talks live with Ashlee Braxton of The Happy Choice Podcast, about the challenges of OCD then and now, including:

- The daily highs and lows that come with managing OCD

- How family can strike a balance between compassion and accountability when supporting a loved one with OCD

- What OCD feels and looks like in adulthood

- And much more!

The Strawbridge Family’s Story Of How Venturing Into The Wilderness Improved Their Mental Health

On June 21, Vince and Monica Strawbridge -- along with their kids, Georgie (14), Henry (15), June (17), and Aiden (19) -- became the largest family ever to complete the Triple Crown of hiking: trekking the complete lengths of the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail.

On Thursday, September 2, we talked live with the Strawbridges about why they took on this challenge (and how they got their kids on board!) and how they believe it improved their mental well being and happiness.

Join us as we explore the relationship between wilderness, hiking, and mental health; discuss the theory and the benefits of wilderness therapy, and learn how to survive your family when you can’t take a break from them.

Mental Health Struggles - A Sibling Speaks

What is it like to have a suicidal sibling? How can you support him? What are the signs of suicidal behavior?

In anticipation of September’s Suicide Prevention Month, and in recognition of his brother Jesse Cody’s Walking and Talking for Youth Mental Health Campaign, Scott Cody, the brother of Jesse Cody of Hike The Good Hike, joins us for a candid conversation about his experiences growing up alongside Jesse during the worst of Jesse’s mental health struggles.

Be with us as Scott shares what it was like and what he has learned.

Self-Care, Mental Health, and the Positive Effects of Yoga.

"As any yogi will attest to, the effects of yoga reach far beyond the physical practice. We are true believers in sustainable and healthy living for the body, mind & soul" - Corc Yoga

Join Randi Silverman, Founder of The Youth Mental Health Project and Christine Moghadam, Founder of Corc Yoga, as they discuss the positivity that yoga brings to everyone involved, including those struggling with mental health.

1300 miles - 19 miles/day - 70 days - All for mental wellness

Beginning July 1, Jesse Cody, founder and director of Hike the Good Hike (HTGH), will spend 10 weeks tackling 1,300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money and awareness for The Youth Mental Health Project.

Jesse’s personal journey – from hopeless and suicidal to powerful wilderness and mental health advocate – is as inspiring as his hiking challenge.

Jenny Collins, YMHP Program Director, talks with Jesse, just before he sets out. Learn about his hike strategy, his mental health struggles, how hiking and wilderness exploration saved him, and his plans to build HTGH into a charitable foundation and a meaningful platform for social impact.

Understanding the Misunderstood: Childhood Bipolar Disorder and Fear of Harm - Part 2

Families struggle everyday to help their children overcome mental health obstacles. But without having the right information, getting the right diagnosis and accessing the right treatment can feel like an insurmountable task.

JBRF’s executive director, Elizabeth Errico, shares about the cutting edge work their team has done to uncover a new mental health diagnosis. She’ll help you learn how to recognize it in kids and how to advocate for your children to get the best possible treatment.

Understanding the Misunderstood: Childhood Bipolar Disorder and Fear of Harm

Families struggle everyday to help their children overcome mental health obstacles. But without having the right information, getting the right diagnosis and accessing the right treatment can feel like an insurmountable task.

JBRF’s executive director, Elizabeth Errico, shares about the cutting edge work their team has done to uncover a new mental health diagnosis. She’ll help you learn how to recognize it in kids and how to advocate for your children to get the best possible treatment.

Relationship Skills: Setting Boundaries with Your Young Adult Children

Almost every parent of a teen or emerging adult child has experienced the frustration of trying to effectively protect them from impulsive emotional decisions that may impede their success. But it can feel like an endless battle of wills: you either give in and accept that you cannot control them; or go into full metal control, which severs the relationship.

So how can parents avoid these types of all or none scenarios? How can you more effectively scaffold your emerging adults' growth and development, and maintain a healthy relationship?

Anxiety: Strategies to Help you Cope During COVID-19

This webinar is designed to provide insights and strategies for parents to cope with their own anxieties while navigating the challenges of parenting during the COVID 19 Epidemic.

Join Randi and Dr. Rosen as they address how parents can best manage the unique stressors families are facing now, and how to support their children's mental health during these unprecedented times.

Mental Health Impact on Kids

Anyone can struggle with emotional, mental, or behavioral health at any time, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between typical behaviors and those that could be signs of concern. How do we know when we should seek help for the mental health of our children, adolescents, and young adults? And when parents and teachers actually do know that a child or teen is struggling with a mental health problem, how do they find the resources and support they need to meet those challenges? Join Randi Silverman in a discussion about how caring adults can use a common language that encourages collaborative and trusting relationships to support the mental health of our youth and families.

Managing Emotions:How to Talk about Feelings so Kids will Talk about Feelings

Learn how to easily teach your child the ABCs of emotions -- a valuable, life-long skill most of us never learned from our parents or teachers. You will learn how to increase your child and family’s emotional intelligence to better manage upset feelings, make family life easier and more fun, and get real tools for the real emotional moments of life.

E-Learning: How to Advocate for Your Child

Is your child struggling with E-Learning? Is your child getting the support services needed to meet his or her IEP goals? The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in a variety of unprecedented and unpredictable ways. Our children and schools have taken on an enormous shift in teaching and delivery of instruction and services. Many parents are finding that remote learning can be especially hard for kids with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.