As a parent, you want your children to face life’s challenges, learn from them, talk with others and live a happy life. Our contributors are sharing their stories and perspective with parents to provide you with the resources, guidance, and encouragement you need to be a loving and supportive parent.
Author: Cathy Fransca Here’s a fact: Eating disorders are hugely under-reported and underestimated. The facts and statistics are surely horrifying enough but they do not begin to touch the true number of individuals affected. Nor do they explain all that the eating disorder steals from those who suffer. While it is more obvious to see… Read More
Prevention of Illicit Drug and Youth Marijuana Use Our kids are getting mixed messages about marijuana as states legalize its use recreationally and medically. Make sure you are having conversations that include the facts about marijuana use and its affects on young, developing brains. Marijuana is addictive, and one in six teens that use marijuana… Read More
https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking Alcohol Misuse Alcohol is the most used substance by Missouri teens. 35% of our students reported drinking in their lifetime, and 14.3% reported drinking in past 30 days; slightly higher than the national averages. Underage drinking and alcohol misuse can lead to a series of complications to a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health…. Read More
In the 2016 Missouri Student Survey, more than 1 in 10 youth (13.9%) surveyed reported that they considered suicide in the last year, 9.9% made a plan to commit suicide, and 1.3% of all youth (more than a third of all attempts) had attempts that resulted in injury. Almost all of those who attempted did… Read More
Major depression is one of the deadliest diseases among adolescents and is associated with the rise in self-injury among teenagers. A study, “National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults,” published in the December 2016 Pediatrics (published online Nov. 14), found that major depression is increasing in young people,… Read More