What Every Parent Needs To Understand About Teens’ Mental Health

What Every Parent Needs To Understand About Teens’ Mental Health
Data published by the nonprofit Mental Health America shows that rates of severe youth depression have increased from 5.9 percent to 8.2 percent over a five-year period. Half of those screened between the ages of 11 and 17 reported having thoughts of suicide or self-harm throughout the course of a week. South Dakota was the state that ranked the “best” in terms of good youth mental health. (The data measured access to treatment as well as prevalence of mental health

How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her
The first time the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated.She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of eager Norwegian elkhounds, to greet them. “Is this about our case?” she asked. The police looked at her in confusion. They didn’t know what case she was talking about. Courtney felt her hope give way to a familiar dread.Three days earlier, Courtney and her husband, Steven, had gone to the police headquarters

20 things Mike Pence did while you weren’t looking and why it matters.

20 things Mike Pence did while you weren’t looking  and why it matters.
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images. With the exception of an infamous trip to see Hamilton last November and a controversy about whether it's OK to dine with women other than his wife, we've heard relatively little about Vice President Mike Pence since the election. In May, CNN even ran a story with the headline, "Mike Pence's Disappearing Act." He's a heartbeat away from the presidency and seems interested in following his own political ambitions beyond this administration, so what

Let’s break down 15 terrible excuses from accused sexual harassers and predators.

Let’s break down 15 terrible excuses from accused sexual harassers and predators.
The world is currently being treated to a slow-rolling reveal of the alleged bad behavior of some of its most powerful men. And inevitably, with bad behavior comes excuses. It's no surprise that prominent accused harassers and predators, once cornered, would try to wriggle out of accusations of sexual conduct and abuse. What is surprising is the variety in their attempts to justify their alleged behavior. Excuses by way of apology. Excuses by way of confession. Excuses by way

What Tennessee’s fall trees looked like to people with colorblindness until now.

What Tennessee’s fall trees looked like to people with colorblindness  until now.
There's a powerful new ad showing how Tennessee is helping make the Smoky Mountains a bit more beautiful this fall for those who have colorblindness. The Tennessee Department of Tourism Development released something special — the rare instance of a state-sponsored video, featuring the experiences of five people, that genuinely tugs at the heartstrings.❤️ Every October and November, the Great Smoky Mountains are draped in gorgeous shades of reds, yellows, and oranges — sights that draw people near and

A depressing trend is emerging from our collective reaction to mass shootings.

A depressing trend is emerging from our collective reaction to mass shootings.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Remember the shooting in Texas? By the time you read this — a month later? A week later? Perhaps just two days later — what happened in Sutherland Springs will be a fading memory (where is Sutherland Springs, again?). We'll have mostly forgotten those who lost their lives and why they aren't here anymore. We won't remember that the youngest victim was 18 months old. Or that the oldest was 71. Or that an

Trans woman Danica Roem beat her anti-trans opponent by focusing on … roads. Seriously.

Trans woman Danica Roem beat her anti-trans opponent by focusing on … roads. Seriously.
"To every person who's ever been singled out, who's ever been stigmatized, who's ever been the misfit, who's ever been the kid in the corner, who's ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn't have a voice of their own ... this one's for you," said Virginia delegate-elect Danica Roem during a fiery victory speech on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Roem is a transgender woman, but her gender identity is secondary to the main issue she campaigned

A study out before Halloween shows how terrified Americans are of Trumpcare.

A study out before Halloween shows how terrified Americans are of Trumpcare.
This Halloween, what's really getting Americans' skin to crawl? Clowns, climate change, and nuclear war are all drumming up fears in the hearts of Americans — but apparently not as much as the prospect of losing health insurance. Halloween masks of Donald Trump. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images. An annual survey by Chapman University found that many respondents considered "Trumpcare" to be some truly spooky legislation. According to the study, which gauged how fearful respondents were on 80 different topics

‘Matilda’ star Mara Wilson has a message for the LGBTQ community: Come out.

‘Matilda’ star Mara Wilson has a message for the LGBTQ community: Come out.
Before I ever spent hour upon hour with my nose buried in the pages of a "Harry Potter" book, there was "Matilda." I’ve always loved to read and have hauled too-big piles of books home from the library (although not in a red wagon, I will admit) more times than I can count. Plus, what 7-year-old budding queer femme doesn’t dream of discovering a secret superpower and running away from her loneliness into a beautiful world of friendship where

This simple gun violence prevention measure saves 750 lives each year.

This simple gun violence prevention measure saves 750 lives each year.
Firearms result in more than 33,000 deaths in the U.S. per year. Many of these incidents, particularly homicides, can be prevented with a simple solution: a waiting period. A mandatory waiting period is exactly what it sounds like. It's a delay, anywhere from one to 10 days, between the beginning of a gun purchase and taking ownership of the weapon. This allows stores time to conduct background checks where required and gives the potential buyer a "cooling off" period

The wildly simple reason Trump joking about Pence’s anti-LGBTQ views is not OK.

The wildly simple reason Trump joking about Pence’s anti-LGBTQ views is not OK.
In the Oct. 23 issue of The New Yorker, it was reported that President Donald Trump likes to joke about Vice President Mike Pence's long history of anti-LGBTQ views. In Jane Mayer's exquisite story "The Danger of President Pence," a source shared that Trump likes to remind Pence who's in charge and frequently mocks his commitment to religion (Pence is an evangelical Christian). Specifically, he jokes about Pence's need to limit the rights of women and LGBTQ people. Here's

Theres a surprising science behind making friends, and this psychologist is teaching it.

Theres a surprising science behind making friends, and this psychologist is teaching it.
Imagine if someone jumped into your conversation at a party without an introduction, interrupting you mid-sentence. That might strike you as odd or rude. But when we give someone the simple advice to "just go up and introduce yourself," we're skipping many of the nonverbal steps important to making a good impression. For most, connecting with other people relies on intuition. However, social interactions of all sorts — from just saying "hello" to a new acquaintance to interviewing for

Nick Offerman’s thoughts on men crying are the perfect antidote to toxic masculinity.

Nick Offerman’s thoughts on men crying are the perfect antidote to toxic masculinity.
Actor, author, and accomplished woodworker Nick Offerman had the best response to a question about emotions in an interview with Men's Health magazine. With his classically masculine roles (most notably Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation"), handy skills, outdoorsmanship, and remarkable facial hair, many see Offerman as the very picture of classic manliness. With that in mind, writer Sean Evans asked Offerman about the last time he cried. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival.   Here's

10 Ways To Practice Self-Care After A Tragedy

10 Ways To Practice Self-Care After A Tragedy
Toa Heftiba The world is a scary place lately. With natural disasters, political turmoil, and mass shootings happening way too frequently, we’re constantly surrounded by fear and anxiety. It’s important to make sure that you protect your mental health and take the time to truly care for yourself. Here’s some tips to help you get started. 1. Take action. The first step to effective self-care is to actually do something. Thoughts and prayers are nice, but action is what

Is that viral Obamacare Facebook status accurate? Will it help save the law?

Is that viral Obamacare Facebook status accurate? Will it help save the law?
Photo by Robyn Beck/Getty Images. The fight to save the Affordable Care Act has migrated to a new battleground: Facebook. Since early September, a viral Facebook status has been making the rounds, claiming that the Trump administration is attempting to sabotage the law by making enrolling in a health plan on Healthcare.gov confusing and difficult. The wording varies from post to post, but the message is largely the same. It urges users to "copy and paste" and to employ

Older, out, and infinitely proud: a look inside a lifesaving LGBTQ senior home.

Older, out, and infinitely proud: a look inside a lifesaving LGBTQ senior home.
As a transgender woman, 65-year-old Eva Skye knows firsthand that living her truth means living in danger too. Three years ago, the only home she had was at a single room occupancy housing facility, or SRO, for those living in poverty. There, she often chose to trek up several flights of stairs to her fifth floor room instead of taking the elevator out of fear she'd be trapped and assaulted by other residents.When I talk to Skye, her brightness