Category Archives: Responding to Our Teens

Youth Suicide Prevention Can Start With You

I had just been part of something remarkable, powerful and even life changing.  It was three months ago that, in absolute frustration with the number of youth suicides, I spouted out on Facebook that I was going to have a youth suicide prevention conference.  The increase of suicide rates in the young First Nations population […]

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Youth Suicide Prevention Needs Community Support

If you have put in even as little as five to ten minutes research on suicide you would see the rates are astonishing.  Some countries have more suicides than others.  There are also certain groups or categories of people who, due to their histories, support systems and socio-environmental factors, are at a higher risk for […]

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4 Pressures Putting Kids in Crisis

Adults may think that teens today have little reason to complain as they seem to have everything they want or need. The truth is, teens may actually have it harder as current societal expectations, cultural trends, modern technology and mixed messaging are putting our youth under tremendous pressure. They are at a higher risk of […]

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How Justin Bieber Can Turn His Life Around

I know what you are thinking…why in the world would I be writing about JUSTIN BIEBER?? I ask you to hear me out as it does tie into the topic of healthy adolescent development and behavior and the importance of role models and supportive networks. I just recently watched the Roast of Justin Bieber and […]

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Perfectionism: A Recipe for Teen Burnout

This past week I had the pleasure of speaking to a few Grade 6, 7 and 8 classrooms about the new world they are currently entering – adolescence. I had just released a new book called Am I The Only One? Struggling Being A Teen and wanted to share with teens in an informal presentation […]

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Writing to Support Our Teens

Not long after the release of my book, Eating Myself Crazy, I knew I would be writing a book for teens. During my book signing events I met several people who would tell me about their son or daughter struggling with eating disorders, body image and self-esteem issues. Quite often after listening to their stories they would ask if […]

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