Youth Mental Health Matters

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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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
November 22, 2022

Practical Tools for Supporting Teens with Eating Disorders During the Holidays 

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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 10, 2022

Why Youth Mental Health Research is Needed Now More Than Ever

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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January 27, 2022

How to Help Teens Cope with Stress

New research helps explain how stressful life events make teens vulnerable to anxiety and depression—and points to some potential ways to help them cope better.
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January 26, 2022

Stress: The Good, the Bad and the Long-Lasting Effects

Stress: The good, the bad and the long-lasting effects on your mental health.
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January 17, 2022

MLK National Day of Service and Your Mental Health

Every third Monday in January, the nation recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his compassion and belief in the power of service. On this day, Americans are encouraged to…
December 9, 2021

How Parents Can Help Teens Who Struggle with Eating

An instructive video series, funded by AIM Youth Mental Health, helps parents participate in their teens’ recovery from eating disorders.
November 18, 2021

Dr. Adam Gazzaley: Game Changer

What if you could use video games as a digital treatment for youth ADHD? Dr. Adam Gazzaley is making that possible by bridging the gap between neuroscience and technology.  
Black child covering his ears as his parents argue. Showing an example of ACE, an adverse childhood experienceBlog
October 19, 2021

How Can Mental Health Treatment Work Better for Black Youth?

To help Black youth overcome mental health challenges, therapists need to better understand their unique challenges and cultural strengths.
young girl with psychosisBlog
August 4, 2021

The RAP Program: Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness

Prediction, early intervention, and prevention of serious mental illness is becoming possible through New York based Recognition and Prevention (RAP) program. By Sydney Stilwell Severe anxiety fills you with fear…
Irritable ChildBlog
August 3, 2021

Could Targeting Irritability in Kids Improve Their Mental Health?

New studies suggest that personalizing standard psychotherapy treatment may be key to helping highly irritable children get better.
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June 30, 2021

Teens with Severe Depression and Bipolar Disorder Find New Ways of Interacting

A skills-based approach for adolescents experiencing or at-risk for severe depression, bipolar disorder and psychosis. 
June 28, 2021

Can We Help Prevent Anxiety in Kids?

What if playing Red Light Green Light and Simon Says helped inoculate children against anxiety? New research by Dr. Kate Fitzgerald suggests it can.
March 11, 2021

National Implementation Science Leader, Rinad Beidas, Joins AIM Scientific Advisory Board

We had a conversation with new AIM Scientific Advisory Board member, Dr. Rinad Beidas, about her career as an implementation science researcher and where she sees the trajectory of youth…
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November 11, 2020

How to have a Healthy Relationship with Social Media

Social media can be a slippery slope into spending hours mindlessly scrolling through other people's lives. Use these tips for a healthier relationship.
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October 26, 2020


Understanding. A toolkit by Madhappy x AIM. We think about understanding on three levels: understanding the issue at large, ourselves, and others.
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October 21, 2020

How to Build Mental Health Resilience

Having resilience can be an important protection from certain mental health symptoms. These strategies have proven to have a significant impact in building mental and emotional resilience.
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October 21, 2020

If you’re feeling anxious…

There is no denying, anxiety levels are through the roof in the midst of the coronavirus panic. Here are some ways to - hopefully- avoid rising levels of anxiety.
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April 1, 2020

Mental Health Resources in English and Spanish

Click here for a list of Mental Health Resources in English and Spanish.
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May 1, 2018

Dr. Katie McLaughlin’s Update on her Work Helping Teens with Stress

Exposure to stress plays a role in the development of most mental health problems.