How to Help Your Adolescent Cope with Grief

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 6, 2021 1:07:00 PM

Grief can be undoubtedly challenging at any age. It’s tumultuous, painful, and inherently unique to each individual. Indeed, many adolescents struggle to understand their emotions and thoughts when it comes to experiencing profound loss. 

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Topics: For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, For Youth

A Teen’s Quick Guide to Supporting a Friend Struggling with Depression

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 24, 2021 4:51:13 PM

6.7% of Americans struggle with depression in a given year.1 Depression is a complex condition that often results in people losing a sense of pleasure and meaning from life. It can also contribute to feelings of worthlessness, guilt, apathy, and sadness.

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Topics: For Parents, Suicide Prevention, Resilience, For Youth

Everyday Things You Can Do to Build Resilience in Your Child

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 24, 2021 4:07:08 PM

Resilience refers to the ability to recover from adverse events and cope with life’s stressors. Resilient kids tend to have higher self-esteem, take more healthy risks, and problem solve successfully.

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Topics: For Parents, Childhood Trauma, Resilience

Signs It’s Time to Get Help for Your Teen’s Anger

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 23, 2021 4:04:20 PM
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Topics: Tweens, Counseling, Childhood Trauma

6 Coping Skills to Help Manage Social Anxiety

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 23, 2021 3:55:34 PM
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Topics: Covid-19, Anxiety, For Youth

Free Download: Guide to Relationships in a Time of Recovery

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on May 18, 2021 10:29:02 AM

 

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Topics: For Parents, Tweens, Families, Counseling, Covid-19, For Youth

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on May 1, 2021 11:34:00 AM

In 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) began Mental Health Awareness Month. Every May, numerous organizations come together for advocacy and resources. This year, the theme is Tools 2 Thrive, an optimistic topic given some of the past year’s unique challenges. 

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Topics: Resilience, For Youth

Giving to Charity: Why Donors Are Heroes to Idaho's Kids

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 30, 2021 1:03:59 PM

When Idaho’s kids need help, there are a special group of people out there ready to step up. They do not wear capes or masks or fly in at the last second. They are humble, everyday Idahoans who believe kids are more than their trauma and that is why they choose to give to charities like Idaho Youth Ranch.

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Topics: Donations

The Signs of Sexual Abuse in Kids and Teens

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 26, 2021 12:57:34 PM

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse or exposure to violence can have significant and far-reaching impacts on children and adolescents, especially when the form of abuse is sexual in nature.

In the state of Idaho, 23% of adults have had four or more ACEs, while 65% of adults have had at least one ACE. Of the various types of ACEs experienced by Idaho adults, 13.9% were touched sexually, 10% were made to touch someone else sexually, and 4.9% were forced to have sex.

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According to statistics based on confirmed reports, an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds, and every 9 minutes the victim is a child. Unfortunately, many victims of sexual abuse do not disclose and research shows that it is a far more widespread issue than statistics can account for. In the US and Europe, 1/5-1/3 of females report having had a childhood sexual experience with a male adult. 

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Topics: Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Childhood Trauma, ACEs

Physical Abuse: Signs in Children and Parents

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 14, 2021 8:42:15 AM

When a child has an adverse experience, it can lead to greater issues down the line. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) correlate with negative health impacts. Those who have six or more ACEs lose 20 years to their average life expectancy compared to those who do not have any ACEs. Those with 4 or more ACEs are more likely to have a chronic health condition and engage in unhealthy behaviors.

Unfortunately, for some children, one ACE they will experience is physical abuse. In Idaho, a reported 19.2% of adults have experienced physical abuse as a child, and in 2017 there were 402 confirmed cases  of physical abuse reported in the state. 

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Topics: Child Abuse, Abuse, Childhood Trauma, ACEs