For most people, the past couple of years have demanded developing an ability to adapt to and assimilate a series of global events that have unfolded in an unprecedented sequence and with unforgiving speed: the pandemic, environmental crisis, the economy. And that’s just on a macro level. On a personal level, many of us have […]

By OPLM on December 17, 2021

As our children grow up and the protective blanket we place around them becomes unfastened, they come face to face with the difficulties of the modern world. Thrust into adulthood at a much younger age than previous generations, decisions that will affect their future are made earlier in life, increasing the pressures they encounter and […]

By OPLM on December 10, 2021

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in teens and is on the rise. The recently published 2022 State Of Mental Health In America Report released some critical data on the subject.  Did you know, for example, that 15.08% of youth experienced a major depressive episode last year? Unfortunately, it is chronically […]

By Leza Warkentin on November 26, 2021

There is nothing quite as rewarding as being a parent. It is a vocation full of incredible inspiration, joy, surprises, and rewards; every day presents new opportunities to grow and learn from your children. But equally, there is perhaps nothing quite as arduous. Being a parent demands unconditional love, patience, support, and an endless supply […]

By OPLM on October 28, 2021

“Self-care is the intentional, proactive pursuit of integrated wellness that balances mind, body, and spirit personally and professionally.” – Paula Gill Lopez, Ph.D., Fairfield University. 1 Caring for others, particularly children struggling with mental health and substance use issues, takes strength, energy, dedication, and focus; it’s a vital resource to be at our best, one […]

By OPLM on October 5, 2021

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