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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, providing music performances, meeting spaces, workshops, book groups and many kid- and teen-friendly activities. But the main focus of libraries has always been on reading, which leads to more than just book smarts—it also results...

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 feelings of love for the people who are important to you presents a perfect opportunity not only to strengthen emotional bonds but also to boost mental health. Close, loving relationships have numerous positive effects on the mind...

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 cyberbullied by some boys in her school who were spreading the untrue rumor that she was pregnant. The abuse had gotten so bad that she was expressing suicidal thoughts. Abusive behavior among teens and pre-teens is nothing new, but in the age...

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 America will be tuned to Super Bowl 2018. What’s the connection? I had the privilege two years ago of meeting a true hero: Dr. Bennet Omalu. He was the keynoter at the Head Injury Association's Awareness...

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 purchase it, click here. This story was written by Carol Irizarry. Edie was only 12 years old and had the deepest, most delicate brown eyes that I had ever seen.  We sat by the pool on the last...

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 sneaks into the mix. Recently, a newscaster reported on how some teenagers shoveled the driveway and porch of an older neighbor who hadn’t even asked for help. And they did it for free. Their motivation? They simply...

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 many obstacles, but continued until his last breath to speak his truth, regardless of the consequences. In the last few months, we’ve also seen another response to injustice, with women speaking out about sexual harassment and finally...

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 Institutes of Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that fluctuates according to the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. About six percent of...

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 do to promote your mental health and that of your loved ones. Here are a few ideas: Start an exercise program. Yes, we just said that’s on everyone’s “usual” list of resolutions, but exercise benefits your...

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 create fond memories with your family. Here are some ideas for a happy holiday break for the whole family: Eat dinner together. While this is a great goal throughout the year, activities such as sports, clubs, work...