Youth Mental Health Matters

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February 15, 2024

The Science of Sunshine: How Light Exposure Enhances Mental Health

New research confirms that sunlight exposure has positive impacts on depression and anxiety.
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January 18, 2024

DEAR Man: Your Tough Conversation Toolkit

This AIM researcher is asking teens for their input on mental health solutions and helping them get out of negative thought spirals in the process.
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January 12, 2024

Reminder To Breathe: How Mindfulness Texts Are Supporting Teens

This AIM researcher is asking teens for their input on mental health solutions and helping them get out of negative thought spirals in the process.
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December 6, 2023

5 Ways To Support ED Recovery This Holiday Season 

This article is in collaboration with The National Alliance for Eating Disorders. The Alliance provides a free therapist-staffed helpline and interactive online referral database, as well as many free, weekly,…
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November 27, 2023

How A Facebook Group Saved A Child’s Future

We hope you will join us this Giving Tuesday as we work to create a world of mentally healthy children and youth.
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November 27, 2023

Supporting AIM on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, is November 28. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to AIM this Giving Tuesday.
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November 13, 2023

How Volunteering May Help Reduce Adolescent Depression & Suicide Risk

How volunteering may help reduce adolescent depression & suicide risk & the case for adding ‘random acts of kindness’ to your self-care routine...
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November 13, 2023

Youth & Teens with ADHD Toolkit

This ADHD toolkit will cover some common challenges to give you a jumping off point into the collective ADHD experience of youth and teens.
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October 26, 2023

Video Games May Be The Answer To Our Attention Span Challenges

For youth and adults alike, video games may be the answer to our collective attention span challenges.
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September 26, 2023

By Students, For Students: AIM Ideas Lab Is Recruiting!

Calling all students! Sign up for this year’s recruitment for 2024 AIM Ideas Lab!
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September 18, 2023

Suicide Prevention Toolkits for Youth + Caregivers

Tools and strategies for youth and adults to become suicide prevention advocates.
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September 10, 2023

Research Updates: A Suicide Intervention App For College Students

Updates on the latest, ground-breaking youth mental health research funded by AIM - A Suicide Intervention App For College Students
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August 16, 2023

Back-To-School Mental Health: Tips For Parents + Youth

With the arrival of another school year, it’s more apparent than ever how young people are facing challenges that even adults aren’t sure how to handle.
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July 25, 2023

Breathwork for Anxiety, School, Stress, & More!

Next time you find yourself anxious, stressed, or unable to sleep, try one of these corresponding breathwork exercises and feel in your body the difference it can make!
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July 25, 2023

BI&POC Mental Health Resources: A Guide

This BI&POC Mental Health Awareness Month is for the Black, Indigenous, Brown, and Asian American youth who deserve access to culturally competent, inclusive, and affirming mental health care.
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June 29, 2023

Research Updates: How Looking To The Clinicians Is Informing The Future Of Mental Healthcare

With another AIM Mind, Body, Soul event under our belts, the power of community has been made more prevalent than ever.
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June 23, 2023

Community’s Role in Anxiety and Resiliency: AIM Mind, Body, Soul Event Recap

With another AIM Mind, Body, Soul event under our belts, the power of community has been made more prevalent than ever.
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June 8, 2023

How Monitoring Stressors in Children’s Lives Can Improve Their Future Health

By identifying adverse situations in families lives, pediatricians hope to thwart toxic stress in children and change their health trajectories, creating generations of healthier, happier children.
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May 12, 2023

Rewarding Yourself For Moving Strengthens Your Mind-Body Connection

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re prescribing moving.
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April 28, 2023

How Rest Is Productive for Youth: The Stress Curve

At AIM’s 2023 Symposium, our Ideas Lab Youth Researchers shared how to address the youth mental health crisis that is growing in the wake of COVID. The bottom line? Youths…
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April 13, 2023

Why We Should Include Youth Perspectives to Reduce Violence

When researching communities experiencing youth violence, it may be better to use a community-based participatory research approach and involve youth themselves in creating innovative solutions.
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March 23, 2023

3 Tools We Learned at AIM’s Mind, Body, Soul Event

Three tangible coping strategies we learned at AIM's Mind, Body, Soul event at DOGPOUND Gym: Breathwork, Shadow, and Gratitude.
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March 14, 2023

Why Our Children Need More Sleep—and How to Help Them Get It

Sleep expert, Dr. Rafael Pelayo, explains the importance of sleep for mental health and how we can better support sleep in our children.
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February 16, 2023

The Key To Healthy Relationships After Trauma

Self Love: The Key to Healthy Relationships After Trauma.
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January 18, 2023

New Year, New Mindset

How you live everyday is how you live your life. Three ways (beyond meditation) to disrupt your routine to embrace a new year's mindset of mindfulness.
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January 4, 2023

The Science Behind Keeping New Years Resolutions

The science of habit formation can help you make and keep resolutions that will improve your mental and physical health.
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December 20, 2022

Four Ways to Handle Holiday Stress

Four science-backed ways to keep your head on for the holidays: make space for feeling, lean into coping, set boundaries, make space for connection.
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December 19, 2022

How to Deal with Seasonal Depression

If you or your child suffers from depression in the winter months, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here are some helpful and hopeful ways to cope. 
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December 16, 2022

What to Do When the Season Isn’t So Bright

While many of us look forward to the winter holidays, they sometimes make us feel blue. Here’s what to do.
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November 22, 2022

Practical Tools for Supporting Teens with Eating Disorders During the Holidays 

Did you know? Of all the youth mental health challenges, eating disorders increased the most during the COVID-19 isolation. 
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October 19, 2022

Bridging the Gap: The Science of Implementation

An interview with AIM Scientific Advisory Board member, Dr. Rinad Beidas. Her implementation science research helps point to what’s needed in order to transform our current mental healthcare system to…
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June 28, 2022

Can Neuroscience Research Help Us Improve Children’s Mental Health?

New findings from neuroscientist Damien Fair’s research may lead to better brain health for children and point to more-targeted therapies for youth with mental disorders.
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June 6, 2022

Seeing The Warning Signs – And Being Able to Help

AIM Youth Mental Health announces June, July, and August Mental Health First Aid Trainings.
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May 10, 2022

Youth and Depression: The Epidemic Amid The Pandemic

Though discussions of mental health have gained ground in recent years, we still have a long way to go — especially when it comes to mental health for youth.
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May 4, 2022

When our children need us most…

By now it’s no secret that far too many young people have been suffering emotionally through this seemingly endless pandemic. But no story I’ve heard quite compares with that of…
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April 5, 2022

Care in the Crisis

AIM Youth Mental Health convenes the best and brightest seeking solutions for our children for the 2nd annual AIM Scientific Symposium.
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March 30, 2022

How to Prevent Serious Mental Illness in Teens

A new approach to treating early symptoms of severe mental illness in teens holds promise for prevention.
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March 20, 2022

Can Heart Health Prevent Bipolar Disorder in Teens?

One of AIM’s new Science Advisory Board members, Benjamin Goldstein, is spearheading cutting edge research on the connection between heart disease and bipolar disorders in teens.
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March 10, 2022

The Power of Peers in Youth Mental Health

Through the AIM Ideas Lab, a youth-led survey of local mental health, AIM is discovering the power of peer support in youth mental health.
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February 22, 2022

Parents Play a Critical Role in Helping Teens with Eating Disorders

Researcher James Lock of Stanford University has found that parents of teens with anorexia benefit from self-help approaches to family-based therapy.