Parents and Teen Mental Health

Youth Mental Health and Teen Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden shares a message for parents about teen mental health and social pressures teens face today.

The Speed of Hurt

Teens experience pain as fast as the flip of a switch – and the speed of hurt hits them as swiftly as turning on a light. Often, terrible situations can lead to teen suicide – but we need to be vigilant when observing changes – even small changes – in the behavior of the young […]

THEORY ON TEEN SUICIDE

In The Trenches of Teen Mental Health Teen suicide is at epidemic proportions. I’ve been working in the trenches of teen mental health for three decades. With all my education, training and experience, I have never come across anything that benefited his work than a theory developed by Dr. Thomas Joiner, a professor at Florida […]

INSIDE THE TEEN MIND

Teens think differently than adults, plain and simple. And there’s more to it than the fact that maturity, life experience and wisdom serve as filters through which adults process their thoughts… The brain develops from the back to the front, starting with the cerebellum, amygdala and the nucleus accumbens. You might be thinking: “Did Jeff […]

SCREEN TIME AND MENTAL HEALTH

Too much screen time can hurt your child’s mental health. It’s not unusual to see little kids with smartphones or tablets. If you went to the grocery store right now, you might see a toddler sitting in a shopping cart, scrolling through an iPhone while a parent is busy shopping. It’s the new normal. As […]

Why Teens Kill Themselves

When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t planning on writing about teen suicide and why teens kill themselves. I planned to slowly wake up, watch “Good Morning America” and make my way into the office without a plan. But things change quickly, and here I am doing just that. Let’s save some lives… I […]