Five Ways to Help Teens Build a Sense of Self-Worth

“No one wants to hang out with me. I’m a failure at school. All my other friends seem happy. What’s wrong with me?”

These kinds of negative thoughts are becoming more common in our homes and schools. Teens are experiencing increased anxiety, and studies indicate that college students in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States are becoming more perfectionistic over time, measuring themselves against unrealistic standards.

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What Parents Need to Know About Childhood Trauma

Sourced from: As parents, our first and most important goal is to keep our children safe. All we want is to protect them from the outside world, but tough situations are inevitable. And when those hard, and potentially traumatic, times come – whether in the form of bullying, living through a natural disaster, or losing […]

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How to teach a child to reset after a bad day (without fixing their problems for them)

Sourced from: Did you ever have one of those days where everything is going just fine, and then your child comes through the door upset, frustrated, angry and all your fine-ness slips down the drain? Maybe you want to fix it right away. You tell your little girl everything will be okay, or you tell […]

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How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience

In the last decade, rates of anxiety-related disorders in teenagers have steadily risen, particularly in girls. Researchers and psychologists posit several hypotheses about why these rates are on the rise — from digital hyperconnectivity to heightened external pressures to simply a greater awareness, and therefore diagnosis, of mental health concerns.

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Don’t criticise sadfishing – we all need a little help from our Facebook friends

“U OK hun?” Sadfishing – when someone posts an emotional message on social media in an apparent attempt to attract sympathy or hook an audience – is under fire.

The phenomenon has been driven by influencers and celebrities, with Justin Bieber recently telling his 119 million Instagram followers: “It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning when you are overwhelmed with your life.”

In an era in which mental health is increasingly commodified, there is concern that some social media users are exaggerating emotional turmoil to draw people to their pages. And there are consequences: a new study by Digital Awareness UK found that young people with mental health issues who seek help online are receiving distressing criticism that they are jumping on a celeb-like publicity bandwagon, with it even making some children more vulnerable to online groomers.


The term “sadfishing” is tellingly cruel, playing to the prejudice that people brave enough to open up about anxiety or depression are just attention seekers.

The truth is that talking about how we are feeling online should be encouraged, if done safely. For all its faults as a medium, social media can often feel an easier place on which to share than doing so in person; a kind of anonymous offload. I have seen many people with mental health and physical problems post online during a rough patch, and promptly get invaluable support from their online communities. Some interventions have even averted suicide.

The “sadfishing” backlash surely has the problem backwards: the concern is not that too many young people talk about their mental health online, but that so many are struggling in the first place. Meanwhile, cuts to mental health support mean we can increasingly only turn to the internet for help.

Even privileged celebrities such as Bieber have the human need to open up for their wellbeing, and can tackle stigma in doing so. After all, for all their charms, wealth and fame don’t protect from sadness (a fact his young followers will benefit from hearing).

The last thing that anyone showing vulnerability needs is criticism. If in doubt, a bit of kindness can let all of us off the hook.

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What Are Your Core Needs?

Sourced from: Your core is the essential, most important part of who you are and it’s important that you nourish that part. So often we put ourselves on autopilot in our day-to-day. Sleep. Eat. Work/School. Rinse and repeat. We’re so busy functioning and paying bills and responsibilities that we forget to do those things that […]

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Learn new ways to deal with thoughts, feelings and behaviours that cause you trouble. You’ll have a tool-kit of strategies to use when you need them.

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Feeling Grateful for the Small Things

Human beings have a knee-jerk tendency to scan for what’s not working, from a slow-moving line at the grocery store to a rut in a relationship, so it’s easy to notice when things haven’t gone our way in a while.

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