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How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / May 14, 2024

The adolescent years are full of milestones and changes, and not all of them are easy. Between navigating school and familial obligations and developing their…

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Bullying and Suicide: Their Connection (And How to Prevent It)

Bullying and Suicide: Their Connection (And How to Prevent It)

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / May 7, 2024

Bullying comes in many shapes and forms, including physical contact, words, actions or other kinds of aggressive behavior. It is often directly or indirectly targeted…

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Questions to Ask When Looking for a PHP/IOP Program for Your Teen

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / January 30, 2024

Your child’s mental health is extremely important. Do not be shy about asking questions about any treatment program you are considering for your teen. Any…

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Top Reasons Teens Don't Receive Treatment

Top Reasons Teens Don’t Receive Treatment

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / January 29, 2024

Teenagers face many challenges, and one of the most significant obstacles is managing their mental health, including seeking help for conditions like anxiety and depression.…

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Suicide Rate by Gender: Is There a Difference?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / December 7, 2023

Gender and suicide rates have an important correlation that can place some youth at an increased risk. Understanding suicide in girls, boys, transgender individuals and…

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Myths About Suicide

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / July 7, 2023

With the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide, many myths have developed that often prevent people from seeking the treatment or help they need. Debunking…

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LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

LGBTQ Suicide Rates — Why LGBTQ Communities Are at Higher Risk

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / June 30, 2023

Members of the LGBTQ community are at a higher risk of suicide than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Studies show LGBTQ individuals are up to three…

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How Do Suicides Differ Among Minority Communities?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / May 25, 2023

Suicide is complex, and people with specific backgrounds and identities are at higher risk. Specifically, minority communities face disproportionate factors linked to suicide, like substance…

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Overcontrolled Behavior vs. Undercontrolled Behavior

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / January 30, 2023

As children grow and their personalities continue to develop, many engage in distinct patterns of behavior that may become ingrained. There is a wide range…

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The New Mental Health Parity Act

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / August 31, 2022

Many advocates, agencies, families and caregivers are celebrating a roller coaster 2022 General Assembly with the passage of HB 1013, otherwise known as the Mental…

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