woman sitting by window considers what is double discrimination

What Is Double Discrimination & How Do You Cope?

People face discrimination for many reasons, but at Ascend, we know that mental health is one of the biggest hurdles teens confront when interacting with those that don’t understand mental illness. Even worse, people with mental illness often suffer from other disorders, or belong to communities that struggle with additional prejudice against them. Today, we’d…

a young man learns to come to terms with his mental illness without letting it define his identity

Coming to Terms with Mental Illness Without Letting it Define Your Identity

It’s normal to feel anxious or down from time to time. Everyone goes through ups and downs in life. However, when these feelings don’t go away and start to interfere with your daily life, you may be dealing with a disruptive mental illness that requires more in-depth intervention. Mental illness can be hard to come…

teen missing from treatment

What to Do when Teens Go Missing from Treatment

When a teen goes missing from treatment, it can be a terrifying situation. While undeniably difficult, our team at Ascend believes in ensuring that we help your family handle the problem in the healthiest way possible. We never take missing teens lightly, and going AWOL from treatment always requires parental notification. Unfortunately, teens often use…

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How to Boost Teen Self-Esteem

What is self-esteem? Self-esteem has to do with a person’s opinion of themselves. It’s connected to their sense of identity, belonging in the world, and self-confidence. Some of the beliefs associated with self-esteem include feelings of competency and worth, as well as various emotional states, like shame, pride, triumph, and despair. For teens, self-esteem is…

understanding gender pronouns

Understanding Gender Pronouns

Some individuals feel that gendered pronouns like “he” or “she” don’t reflect who they are. Because they want to choose pronouns that more accurately reflect their experience, many people choose to use alternative gender pronouns. Making gender more inclusive is an important step to supporting the mental health of transgender and non-binary people. If you’re…