Prince William Speaks Out: Teen Mental Health a ‘Priority’ June 24, 2016
On Father’s Day, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, released a statement concerning the importance of youth and teen mental health. He urged other parents to accept that youth and teen mental health issues are common and require as much attention as physical health issues. As a father of two, he spoke about the need for parents to be aware of the the signs of mental health issues to catch them earlier and get treatment. He related...
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Another Celebrity Is Bringing Awareness to Youth & Teenage Anxiety June 24, 2016
There’s a large stigma against mental illness around the world, even though around 1 in 4 people will deal with just anxiety--a common mental illness--at some point. When someone famous or respected comes out and speaks about their struggle with mental illness, it helps shrink that stigma just a little, but every bit counts. Recently, The Guardian reported on why Zayn Malik--former member of One Direction--chose to cancel his gig at the Capital Summertime Ball in...
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Zendaya Uses Social Media to Push Positive Body Image June 23, 2016
In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Disney star Zendaya--known for her role in the show Shake It Up--spoke about her influence on positive body image among young people. She spoke about how determined she is to speak out about the media’s unfair portrayal of the “perfect body” and ridiculous standards for beauty. Zendaya has become a strong advocate for body positivity and forming a positive body image. Social media can promote positive body image As...
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That’s a First: Royal Appears in Gay Magazine to Discuss LGBT Bullying June 22, 2016
Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry are beginning a mental health awareness campaign called “Heads Together Campaign”. To begin the campaign, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, became the first of the royal family to be interviewed and photographed for the cover of a gay magazine. In the magazine, Attitude, he spoke about LGBT bullying as a top issue in the campaign for mental illness awareness. The Guardian recently wrote an article outlining the...
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Having a Gay Child: Talking About Prejudice June 14, 2016
Jimmy Fallon Address Orlando Shooting and Talking About Prejudice When Having a Gay Child As a country founded on freedom, citizens are supposed to express tolerance, encourage free debate, thinking, and believing in our peers and others within society. As many of you have seen, there was another shooting caused by prejudice at a dance club in Orlando, Florida. The shooting took the lives of 49 people, which is the largest loss of life from a...
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Author/Mom Confronts Teen Bullying and Gossip in Starbucks June 6, 2016
Michelle Icard, mother and author of a parenting book, was sitting quietly in a Starbucks when she heard something disturbing behind her: three teen girls making fun of a fourth girl that wasn’t present. The girl they were speaking of had wrote a song for a talent show about being lonely--and they were making fun of her. Not only that, but they were complaining about the ugly or unworthy gifts they’d been given in the past....
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Autism Traits in Hackers May Open Door to Jobs for Those with Autism June 2, 2016
In an article published by EurekAlert! a new study concerning the autism traits in hackers was discussed. Apparently, hackers tend to favor systemizing and pay attention to detail more than others, two well-known autism traits. As the digital world begins to look more like a warzone, job descriptions for “ethical” hackers are increasing. These hackers help protect companies, businesses, government agencies, etc. in the online world. What is systemizing? Systemizing is the “drive to analyze, explore,...
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“Gorilla Incident” Perfect Example of Need for National Safety Month May 31, 2016
Who knew two distracted parents, one child, and one horribly open habitat was a recipe for disaster? It ended in one dead gorilla and a fairly unharmed child who probably will never try to get into a wild animal’s enclosure again. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the recent “Gorilla Incident” that happened at the Cincinnati Zoo. Regardless of your feelings on the the killing of the rare gorilla, everyone can understand that...
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Game of Thrones taught me how to deal with teenagers May 20, 2016
This summer I embark on my first journey into parenting. As a fan of Game of Thrones I would like to share my lesson’s learned from the paternal examples and the pitfalls some of the adults seem to carry with them. Never love one child less than the others- I don’t actually know if any people do this in real life, but I am sure kids can feel it. They know when they are the least...
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Teen Social Media Use Linked to Bullying and Unhealthy Eating May 19, 2016
A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) investigated the link between teen social media use, cyberbullying, and unhealthy eating. A correlation between overzealous teen social media use and unhealthy eating habits was found. An “unhealthy eating habit” could be considered skipping breakfast and heading for a caffeine-loaded, sugar-filled energy drink instead. It was also found that younger teens had a higher chance of being targeted for cyberbullying.   How teen social...
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