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 […]

Teen Suicide Behaviors and Responding in a Crisis

“Teen Suicide Behaviors and Responding in a Crisis” is written by Jeff Yalden and provided for school communities to help save lives and teach mental health in our schools. Teen Suicide is an epidemic today concerning school communities. Know suicidal behavior and warning signs of suicidal ideation and how to respond in the event of […]

Why Teens Self-Harm

Why Teens Self-Harm Let’s talk about why teens self-harm so you as a trusted adult in a teens life can intervene and get the teen the help they’re in need of. We need to be more open about teen mental health in our homes and this is a conversation we need to be having in […]

One Community’s Cyber Attack on Jeff Yalden’s Reputation

 Hello, my friends. Jeff Yalden here.  I’ve spent nearly four days writing this and it continues to rip my heart out reliving the situation from this one community. It’s been weighing heavily on my heart, and I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings in this forum. It’s my hope to alleviate […]

MENTAL ILLNESS: THE GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS OF OUR TIME?

Part three of a series of principles based on Jeff new new book, Teen Suicide: The “Why” Behind America’s Suicide Epidemic. We can no longer sweep mental illness under the carpet… Teen suicide and the opioid crisis are crippling communities on a scale we have never seen. We have major issues on our hands that […]

Mental Illness: Breaking the Stigma

Jeff speaking in Mooresville, NC OUR SCHOOLS AND MENTAL HEALTH This blog post is the second in a series based on the principles from my book, Teen Suicide: The “Why” Behind America’s Suicide Epidemic. In part one of this series, I talked about eliminating the stigma attached to teen suicide and mental illness. I believe […]

It’s Never Too Early to Talk Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

    In my career as a youth motivational speaker, it’s not often that an elementary school brings me in to speak – especially in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention. But this was exactly where I found myself early this month in East Quouge, New York – a community on Long Island. […]