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May is Mental Health Awareness Month & Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for youth between the ages of 10 and d 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. · More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, […]

DOING NOTHING is not an option

From the New Jersey’s Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council 13 Reasons Why feedback from the NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council Perhaps you have heard that on March 31st Netflix released a new series called “13 Reasons Why”. If you are not aware of this, you should know that the […]

13 Reasons Why feedback from the NJ Youth Suicide Prevention ...

March 20th is International Day of Happiness , so it is a great opportunity to explore what we generally consider happiness to be – and look at what Thomas Jefferson was considering when he referenced the Pursuit of Happiness in the Declaration of Independence. Individually, we all have different definitions […]

The Virtue of Happiness

What would be your gut reaction if you were to learn that on average a human has 3 bacterial cells for each human cell? That’s a 3:1 ratio of bacteria to human. This is called the human microbiome; it is our own personal ecosystem – and for a long time […]

Second Brain

Mental health has seen some exciting developments in neuroscience, and for many it provides a framework for dealing with stress, anxiety, depression – or even just optimizing their mental health posture. Dr. Jocelyn Sze in her post, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is for Hackers (http://cbtsanfrancisco.com/cbt-is-for-hackers/) describes CBT in a manner accessible […]

Hacking Mental Health

As the gaming community grows globally – in terms of the number of players and developers – it continues to display its growth in terms of a community of people who share and care about each other. A significant example is the concern over helping raise awareness of mental health […]

Gaming and Mental Health

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Oakland was Inside Out on October 11th, 2016 – raising awareness for mental health by wearing an item of clothing inside out. And it was a great day for Oakland with kids having fun wearing something inside out; teachers and principals looking silly wearing something inside out; DPW and borough […]

Inside Out Day

Going back to school can be a difficult time for students, especially when it comes to mental health. It’s fundamental to talk about mental health, and especially around this time of the year. Mental Health America created a “Back To School 2016 Outreach Tool Kit” that gives tons of information […]

Back to School Kit

There’s an app for everything, and there are plenty of health related apps for exercise and diet — as well as mental health apps. PsychiatryAdvisor.com offers a list of their top 10 mental health apps: http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/top-10-mental-health-apps/slideshow/2608/. Two popular apps that are free include Optimism and Pacifica.   FindingOptimism.com offers a group of self-tracking […]

There’s an App for That

MindMatters is an Australian mental health initiative for schools, and offers different methodologies that could be adopted in Oakland.   The goal of MindMatters is to improve the mental health and well being of children and adolescents. They have a framework that gives structure, guidance, and support, while enabling schools to […]

MindMatters Down Under