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Sun Safety

After a wickedly chilly winter and being buried in multiple feet of snow, I’m sure we were all desperately craving the summer sun! Well, summer is finally here and if you’re a teen, that means school’s out and you’re ready for some outdoor fun! While we all LOVE the sun, too much exposure poses a…

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Did you know that 50% of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24? This is why there needs to be a greater understanding and a greater sense of comfort about the topic, in order to break the stigma associated with mental health. …

Sun Safety

May is skin cancer awareness month! Skin cancer refers to the abnormal growth of skin cells and is one of the most common cancers in the United States. Skin cancer can almost directly be linked to the duration of time exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. But did you know that skin cancer is on…

Ending the School Year…Stress free!

May is almost here! That means warmer weather, planning Summer trips with friends and family, and the end of the school year! The end of the school year can bring both excitement and stress for students.  Though the approaching summer season means students are understandably ready for the break (trust me…I would be, too!), there…

Alcohol: You Use, You Lose

  According to the Howard County Police Department, there were more than 7,261 DUI (driving under the influence) arrests by the Howard County Police Department in 2010-2015, and there were 23 fatal alcohol-related crashes between 2010 and 2015. By the age 15, 33% of teens have had at least one drink, and by the age…

STI Awareness Month

April is STI awareness month! Did you know?? Half of all sexually active individuals will contract an Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) by the age of 25. STIs are common, but many people are unaware that they have an STI because they don’t have any symptoms. But, STIs are more common than you may think! The…

Poison Control & Prevention

Usually when you hear about poison, you probably think about chemicals such as lead or mercury- or products related to chemicals such as pesticides or cleaning supplies. Although those are, in fact poisonous, there are so many other products that fall under the same category that oftentimes slip people’s minds. Examples can include: Prescription Medications…

Teen Depression

What is Depression? Depression is a type of mood disorder that involves great feelings of sadness, discouragement, or feelings of unworthiness. Even though feeling sad, lonely, or scared are normal feelings among teenagers, when these feelings become severe and persist for a long time, it may be a sign of depression. Because the symptoms of…

Break Free from Anxiety

What is Anxiety? Anxiety is a treatable condition, but 80 percent of children (including teens) with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report. Anxiety is actually a very normal reaction to stress. Examples of some of the stressors faced by teens include public…

It Could Be You!

In the year 2016, there were 5,376 total overdose deaths for teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 years old. A major cause for these deaths is the use of opioids, which accounted for 75% of these deaths. From the year 2002 to 2016, there has been a steady increase in the number of…

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