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Back to school: How to help kids to deal with stress

As summer ends and students are returning to school, it becomes increasingly difficult to ignore the large number of young people affected by mental illness:

  • One out of five children living in the United States experience a mental health condition each year.
  • Fifty percent of children ages eight to fifteen experiencing a mental health condition don’t receive treatment.
  • Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age

“Studies shows that unfortunately drugs and alcohol abuse go hand on hand with mental illness, we are looking at approximately 62% of high school seniors that have tried alcohol and 16% of high school seniors who binge drinks, which equates to more than five drinks in a row.  We also have a staggering 37% of high school seniors who used marihuana, and 33% of eight graders had tried alcohol,” says Psychotherapist, Lissette Perez.

Perez explains that the reasons are a combination of different things. A lot of it has to do with transition, since most people do not deal well with change. Now add instability in the home or in their surroundings which makes coping much more difficult.

Some children are dealing with self-steam issues or finding themselves being left alone most of the time, which also contributes to substance abuse. “Being isolated or not feeling that you fit in, could lead to depression or anxiety,” she adds.

That´s why it is important that classmates, teachers, and families understand the challenges and complexities of mental illness and do their share to help combat the negative stigma surrounding the disease. Parents need to be proactive and have the difficult discussion with their children, asking if he or she would like to talk with a professional, and ensuring them that there is nothing wrong with it. They must be involved in their child’s life and pay close attention to behavioral changes like; isolating themselves from others, or not engaging in certain activities whether is in school or the family.

“A pill is not always the answer, eating healthy, practicing a sport, being involved in different activities are crucial. Things of that kind of nature are very helpful for a teen who is transitioning and having difficulties.”

When searching for a therapist, you must ensure that they are a good fit for your child. You will need to make certain that your child feels safe and will be able to connect with the therapist before hiring them. Be sure to schedule an interview and see how comfortable you and your family feel with that

person. It is about being able to connect that will enable your child to communicate and get the desired results from each visit.

How Parents Can Support a Child with Mental Illness

Parents can help by giving the child guidance and understanding. Before a mental illness has been diagnose and a treatment plan proposed, frustration, guilt and shame may have built up in the child and the family. Special help may be required to help the family and the child deal with these feelings. Through therapy, the family and the child will be able to develop new skills, techniques, attitudes and ways of dealing with issues and relating to each other. In addition, parenting skills training may be beneficial to help parents to more supportive of their child with mental illness.

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that we obtain from various food or supplementary sources. With vitamin IV therapy, vitamin C is administered directly into the blood stream. In this way, you can get a high dose of the vitamin without experiencing any side effects.
-Helps with production of collagen
-Boosts immune system
-Reduces stress
-Accelerates the healing process


This treatment offers vitamin infused blends to optimize repair, recovery, and re-hydration on the cellular level.
-Increases Natural Energy Levels
-Augments Red Blood Cell Production
-Helps Regulate Sleep, Mood and Appetite Cycles
-Boosts Immune System
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The limitations of Mental Health Care in a community in need!  


By: Maria Trusa

Too often, we hear of the many unfortunate events that arise due to individuals who struggle with various types of mental illness and mental health. We often wonder, why is this the case? When you take a look at healthcare and its constant limitations to the community, it is easy, although not acceptable, to comprehend when such events are reported.

We find the focus and attention in healthcare to be on the physical body and chronic illnesses one incur but we fail to see the impact that mental health has on an individual’s overall health.  Many illnesses develop due to poor mental health. Depression, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, to name a few, are illnesses that debilitate the physical body and mind.  The difficulty comes with identifying the need for care.  Such mental illnesses are not evident most of the time resulting in an action to bring attention to the possibility of a problem developing.  Our focus needs to be on overall healthcare understanding that each fragment of one’s being can be a contributory factor.

Similarly, the challenge comes in the ability to access high-quality, affordable care.  It is shameful how limited resources are for these individuals in need.  Many mental health programs are filled to capacity and extend waiting lists whereas other facilities just don’t have another outlet to offer.  At the same time, affordability has become a factor to consider as out of pocket expenses can be very costly, in addition to non-coverage of mental health services by insurance companies.  Access and affordability have impinged on providing care for many.

At Formé, we have notably seen an increased need of mental health care.  Our efforts are constant as we have partnered with a non-profit organization which provides a care manager to find ways of eliminating barriers of care.  However, their organization has also experienced the lack of accessibility.   As another measure of hope, Formé will be offering mental health services at an affordable price through the integration of a program in collaboration with Iona College.  Iona College’s Department of Marriage and Family Therapy will provide students completing their clinical internships under the supervision of a highly qualified and experienced Psychotherapist to work with our patients.  The program will afford patients the opportunity to access affordable and high-quality mental care.

At Formé Medical Center, “We will continue our efforts in finding ways to eradicate said barriers and enforce measures to facilitate care.” 

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