Signs your child’s sense of well-being is impaired

Signs your child’s sense of well-being is impaired

Before mobile connectivity, texting, and social media became a primary artery of communication for young and old alike, mental health issues were considered something that happened only to some “flawed individuals”. It is no surprise that the resulting stigma of...
The purpose of stress in your child’s life and their happiness

The purpose of stress in your child’s life and their happiness

A recent article on The Ladders features a report about America as a society that is less happy than ever because of mass addictions. The study featured is the World Happiness Report, an annual study sponsored by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions...
How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

As a result of our network culture lifestyle, we are all more vulnerable to believing things that disturb the peace. Especially for youth, it is easy to believe things that are not true  (such as “I am not worthy of love and acceptance,” and “all my parents care about...
Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Adolescent mental health is a growing concern. A Pediatrics study published in November 2016 indicates an increase in major depression episodes reported for youth ages 12-20 from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014. This study concludes that the prevalence of...
How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

(Below is the message Joanna shared with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. Joanna serves as the Chairperson...
All I want for Christmas: Responding to the desires of tech-savvy youth

All I want for Christmas: Responding to the desires of tech-savvy youth

A recent blog post by Walt Mueller at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding featured the topic of “too much stuff” for Christmas. Mueller rightly points out that in an affluent society it is easy to get lost in the acquisition of material things that distract us...