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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. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs, “I am competent” or “I am worthy,” as well as emotional states such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame. For teens, self-esteem is especially important, as…

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…

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What Is Psychological Dependence?

Substance abuse involves both physical and psychological components that are interconnected, and psychological dependence is an important and often overlooked part of this condition. Many people associate substance use with physical symptoms, like addiction, changes in weight, hair or tooth loss, and other health concerns. But behavior is a much more complex and invisible result…

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How FAPE Supports Student Mental Health & Wellbeing

If you’re the parent of a child with a disability or one who’s suffering from behavioral health disorders, you might have concerns about whether they’re receiving the help they need in the classroom. Whether they’re about to start school or they’re struggling mid-school year, understanding your child’s right to free appropriate public education (FAPE) can…