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  • Today marks National Stop Bullying Day, and here’s a story that showed how some stand-up students stood up against bullying in their school. A few years back, members of a Wisconsin middle school bask

  • With about 50% of marriages ending in divorce, the number of children and teens who experience their parents’ separation is huge. And, while divorce doesn’t have the same stigma it did years ago, it s

  • Do you have a child or teen who is obese? If so, they are not alone. In the United States, the percentage of children and teens who are obese has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, nearly 1 in

  • On the days following the attacks of 9/11, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center responded to the crisis by offering counselling and support to bereaved children and families all across Long

  • September marks the start of another new school year and, for football diehards, it’s also the kickoff to a new season. The flowing together of the two brings to mind the moving story of former Florid

  • Seeing grandparents walking hand in hand with their grandchildren is a heartwarming sight. But our usual assumptions about the relationship may be inaccurate. While we tend to believe that the grandpa

  • Curing the Kindergarten Jitters It’s National Get Ready for Kindergarten month. If you’re a parent with a child who is about to head to “big kid” school for the first time, you may be faced with an an

  • When you have a child or teen who is experiencing depression, anxiety, substance use or any other condition impacting their mental health, it’s often hard to find the time to take care of your own nee

  • Although we’re in the so-called “dog days” of summer, there is still plenty of time to bring your kids outside to get a healthy dose of sunshine. And autumn, just around the corner, is also a perfect

  • Just a few months after celebrating six years of sobriety, singer Demi Lovato recently relapsed, overdosing on drugs, possibly opioids. As of this writing, she is hospitalized and, though expected to

  • Note: In honor of Minority Mental Health Month, this week’s blog talks about North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s Latina Girls Project. Any parent of a teenager knows that the adolescent y

  • And how to help if your child is afraid of the water With summer in full swing, your kids have likely been spending time at a pool or at the beach. Lately there have been some tragic stories about chi

  • There’s no doubt about it. We are living in contentious, anxious and uncertain times. One can only wonder what young people think of the endless parade of public figures—government officials, business

  • What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Fourth of July festivities? For many, a barbeque or a swim in the pool or ocean makes the day special. For others, fireworks are the main at

  • Summer has finally arrived, and for many children and teens that means it’s time to head off to camp. Long Island is loaded with camps from Manhasset to Montauk, from traditional day camps where the f

  • By Andrew Malekoff This past fall,  North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center hosted psychotherapist, author and parenting expert Sean Grover for a workshop titled “When your child relates better

  • With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s a good time to look at the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. In our culture, as in most, we tend to focus on the mother-child bo

  • June 1st marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. Although it’s been nearly six years since Hurricane Sandy devastated many coastal areas of Long Island, the possibility is very real tha

  • A few years ago, in an effort to better understand where sex and social media intersect with respect to attitudes and behavior, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy conducted

  • Last weekend’s royal wedding went off without a hitch. It was a beautiful day filled with many touching moments, and it will also be known as the most inclusive and diverse wedding in the history of t

  • Memorial Day is a wonderful time to honor our veterans, and it also marks the beginning of the summer season. More cars are expected to be on the road this coming Memorial Day than ever, according to

  • While all kids benefit from their relationships with animals, animal-assisted therapy is an especially important tool for children and teens who are on the autism spectrum or who have other special ne

  • It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and one thing that has come a long way in recent years involves research on the brain’s development. Once upon a time, there was widespread belief that the human br

  • Most babies start to show an interest in the world and the people around them at a very young age. By their first birthday, typical toddlers look people in the eye, copy words, play games like peek-a-

  • The birth of a new baby is a joyous event, but for some mothers, the situation is far more complex. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15% to 20%

  • When it comes to professional sports, talk is usually focused on performance stats, injuries and other game-related topics. Rarely is emotional well-being part of the discussion. But several NBA stars

  • Although we began the week (once again) with several inches of snow on Long Island, spring is truly just around the corner. April is National Garden month, and many people can’t wait to get their hand

  • The traditional picture of therapy is of a social worker, psychologist or other mental health professional sitting in a chair and taking notes on a pad as the client speaks about his or her challenges

  • One week ago, tens of thousands of students across the nation solemnly walked out of their schools, many holding candles and reading the names of the 17 high school students and teachers who died in t

  • March is National Professional Social Work Month, with this year’s theme “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” We thought it would be a good time to acknowledge and celebrate the many contr

  • March 8th marks the celebration of International Women’s Day, and at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, we are lucky and proud that our Associate Executive Director is a woman well worth

  • The tragedy in Parkland, Florida has once again brought up the conversation about violence and mental illness. It’s not surprising: After all, how could a “sane” person commit such a heinous act as th

  • February marks National Library Lover’s Month, and there’s an awful lot to love any time of year! Many libraries are not only home to books and other media, but they are centers of the community, prov

  • Whether you send cards, chocolates, flowers or none of the above, don’t think of Valentine’s Day as a commercial holiday or one that is only for lovers. Any occasion focused on the expression of feeli

  • Recently, a sixth-grade girl was seen through North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s Triage & Emergency Unit, which offers a rapid response to psychiatric emergencies. She was being cybe

  • By Andrew Malekoff Today is the beginning of Black History Month, when we honor the lives and stories of black heroes, both well-known and not so well-known. And in just a few days, most TVs in Americ

  • BY CAROL IRIZARRY The following is an excerpt from a new book edited by our Executive Director, Andrew Malekoff, called Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity. To learn more about the book or to pur

  • We’re all accustomed to opening up the paper or turning on the television and seeing reports of bad news—fires, blizzards, mudslides, and on and on. But every once in a while, an uplifting story sneak

  • Monday is a special holiday: Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King was known for many things, chief among them his passionate voice that called for a nonviolent but forceful response to injustice. He faced

  • We’ve only officially been in winter for a few weeks, but many people start feeling the effects of less daylight and colder temperatures starting around October or November. According to the National

  • Tis the season to make New Year’s Resolutions. Most lists contain wishes to lose weight, exercise, get a promotion at work…all very worthwhile goals. But what’s missing from many lists is what you can

  • When the kids are on break over the holidays, many parents also take time off. Some plan vacations, while others choose “staycations.”  Either way, what’s most important is that you use the time to cr

  • It’s a heartbreaking scenario that is far too common: Someone makes the difficult decision to seek out professional help for a mental health or substance abuse problem for themselves or their loved on

  • Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or another holiday this time of year, one thing is for certain: You (hopefully) have fond memories of the traditions that your family followed when y

  • The holiday season is fully upon us, with the push to buy, buy, buy at its peak.  Traditional and social media are flooded with ads for the latest and greatest toys and technology. People slept overni

  • With Thanksgiving just one week away, the holiday season is about to launch into full gear. For all parents and caregivers, this joyous time can also be filled with lots of tension and anxiety. Add to

  • If your child has a fever of 104, you know it’s time to take him or her to the doctor. But how do you know if it’s time to take your child to a therapist? Most children and teens will experience anger

  • Taking care of someone with an illness, whether it’s a mental or physical one, can feel overwhelming at times. At North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, we recognize the stress that comes wit

  • Halloween is just days away, and kids of all ages are gearing up for the festivities. Before your children go trick or treating, here are 10 tips on how to make sure they are safe and sound as they ce

  • Bullying is not a new phenomenon. Ever since there were kids and schoolyards—or likely way before that—there have been bullies. In today’s world, bullying has taken on a whole new dimension. Rather th

  • Being a teenager brings with it many challenges, especially in a world where technology can spread a nasty message throughout a school in minutes. But, while all teenagers face the prospect of being b

  • Do you know someone with a mental illness? Odds are that, even if you don’t know it, you have a friend, colleague or a family member who experiences some form of mental illness, whether it’s severe de

  • We’ve all heard the complaint that, because of government and state education policies, teachers are being forced more and more to “teach for the test.” That leaves them little time for engaging child

  • In a recent blog, we talked about the importance of teaching mental health as part of school curriculum. In fact, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last year that requires schools to provide instru

  • It’s the ultimate tragedy. When any child, teen or adult commits suicide, the reverberations can devastate friends, destroy families and spread fear and sorrow throughout communities. Suicide knows no

  • September is National Yoga Month, designed to educate the public about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.  How does yoga relate to our mission to restore and strengthen th

  • Reading, writing and arithmetic. For many years, that’s what was viewed as the main curriculum for schools to cover. But for those who believe we should teach not just academics but also focus on a st

  • There’s no putting it off. Summer is waning and that means school is right around the corner. Although it’s no surprise when the bus comes that first day, the change can be hard for anyone to handle.

  • As the summer comes to an end and back to school is on the mind, let’s consider our kid’s mental well-being. It can be hard to walk down the halls of a school when you’re not feeling good about yourse

  • Going off to college, whether it is your first time or your last can be a lot to manage. There are so many internal and external costs and benefits.  The responsibility of independence, as well as soc

  • Every parent has the intentions of raising their child in the best way possible. However, not every parent has the same ideologies for what the best way really is. Parents’ differences in opinions can

  • As Purposeful Parenting month comes to an end, and as back to school is near, it is important to consider the time that is spent with your children. Storytelling is a great way to pass the time as wel

  • Forest bathing is a new trend within the wellness community. This method of self-care goes far beyond its literal meaning of taking a bath in a forest. Forest bathing focuses on becoming one with your

  • July 12, 2017 In honor of Purposeful Parenting month, we will discuss what it means to be a purposeful parent and how you can be a purposeful parent. A purposeful parent is one that strives to be and

  • June 6th, 2017 In 2008, legislation was passed to establish the month of July as “Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month” in recognition of the late Ms. Campbell’s advocacy efforts

  • The Biopsychosocial Model of Health offers a lens through which mental health practitioners may assess the needs of their clients.  This concept suggests that an individual’s mental health consists of

  • On the heels of Father’s Day, it is worth thinking about fatherhood and mental health.  Becoming a parent can be a scary prospect for a man. While it is commonly acknowledged that women may experience

  • Just yesterday, violent images and reports of shooting were once again inundating our lives with the shooting of congressional leaders, aides and police in Alexandria, Va. It was only a few weeks ago,