How to Erase Mental Health Stigma in Schools

Wouldn’t it be strange if schools only required PE class (aka: Physical Education or “gym class”) for students with diagnosed physical conditions such as asthma, allergies, or obesity? I’m saying what if PE was optional for the so-called healthy kids? That would be cruel, right? Can you imagine the shame

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3 Ways to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

In our new book, Mental Health 101 for Teens, all four authors talk about our personal mental health journeys, and there’s one thing we have in common: back when we were teens, we all felt some level of shame around the topic of mental health. That is the essence of

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5 Secrets to Being More Resilient

When I was 15, I was sent to a three-week intervention program for struggling teens… rebellious teens… teens who get in trouble. That was my life, full of negativity and bitterness. I had gone through a lot of hurtful events with my family and at school, and I was basically

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If It Helps Only One Person, is It Worth It?

Is Bullying Prevention Worth It? Over the past five years I’ve done bullying prevention assemblies at over 500 schools, and I’ve often heard people say, “Ya know… if this helps even one person, it’s totally worth it!” I always nod in agreement because every single life is infinitely valuable. On

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The Difference Between Bullying & Teasing

When I speak at school assemblies, people often ask, “What is the difference between bullying and teasing?” Bullying is a hot button issue for sure, and I can see why some people feel it is overplayed. If all we do is “raise awareness” about bullying (rather than teach kids how

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Can Teachers Bully Students?

A parent recently asked me, “Is it possible for a teacher to bully a student?”  In essence she was saying, “My child is being bullied by a teacher, but I don’t know what to do about it.” As a parent myself, I know where she’s coming from. We’ve had a

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