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Happy New Year! The new year creates a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and gain momentum for a strong start on the year ahead. Recently, Tim Elmore posted two blog posts that explained his strategy for reflection and goal setting. I would encourage you to click on the links below to learn…

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This time of year can be difficult for students who struggle with test anxiety. Some students are not able to show what they truly understand because of the anxious feelings that are associated with testing. The Princeton Review published an article that explains 10 ways to overcome test anxiety. According to The Princeton Review, below…

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Holidays are a great time to focus on things that bring comfort, hope and celebration to our lives. However, holidays can also be filled with stressful times. Whether it is spending money you don’t have, having conflict with relatives, being over scheduled, or having other stressors, it can be difficult to remember the true meaning…

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As we enter the season of thankfulness, it is important to understand the positive impact gratitude can have on mental health. Click on the button below to read a study from Harvard Health Publishing which concluded that gratitude has a direct connection to happiness. The article gives several ways to to practice gratitude this holiday…

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According to a recent blog post by generation Z expert, Tim Elmore, there are four kinds of peer influence impacting adolescents today. Peer pressure has been around for multiple generations; however, the kind of pressure has changed. Dr. Elmore explains the new forms of peer pressure and explores what we can do to help our…

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NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) publishes mental health stat sheets by state in order to bring awareness and education to communities. Click on the links below to learn more.

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In a recent Instagram post, Sissy Goff from Daystar Counseling reviews warning signs for suicide in kids. Click on the post below to learn more.

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TikTok challenges can be fun and harmless, but there are some viral challenges that can be disrespectful and dangerous. The newest trend has the hashtag “Devious Lick”. This trend started with school property destruction and now it includes physical assaults on educators. This challenge is encouraging teenagers to do this behavior and to video themselves…

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The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) reports that teenagers in Tennessee are 18.64% less likely to use drugs than adolescents (ages 12-17) nationwide. However, drug use is still significantly impacting teenagers across our state. According to NCDAS, 35,000 (6.78%) of Tennessee teenagers reported using drugs in the last month. Within that number, 82.86%…

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TeensHealth gives six helpful tips to raise self-esteem. Others can greatly impact a teen’s self-esteem, so it is important for parents to incorporate the tips listed below when discussing self-esteem with their teenager. Be with people who treat you well. – Who you surround yourself with can make a huge difference in your experiences. Say…

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