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Understanding & Preventing Suicide Contagion

  The contagion effect, also known as “suicide contagion” or “copycat suicide,” is a phenomenon where exposure to suicide or suicidal behavior can lead to an increase in suicidal behavior among others, especially among those who are already vulnerable. This effect can occur through media coverage, social media, or exposure to the suicide of someone […]

How To Listen So Teens Will Talk: 6 Levels of Validation

Parenting a teenager can be challenging, especially when it comes to knowing what to say to keep them talking. One powerful tool parents can use to connect with their teenagers is validation. Validation involves acknowledging and accepting the teenager’s feelings and experiences as valid and understandable. In this guide, we’ll explore the six levels of […]

How to Have Proactive Conversations with Your Teen About Suicide

Have you found yourself wondering what your teen is thinking when it comes to suicide? Suicide, and particularly teen suicide, has been a hot topic in the media lately, and many parents are concerned. If your teen isn’t yet showing strong signs of suicidal thoughts, or you have concerns even though your teen isn’t experiencing […]

How to Help My Suicidal Teen: A Guide for Concerned Parents

  Suicide can be a frightening word. When you’re concerned your teen may be having suicidal thoughts, it can become particularly frightening. You want to help your teen, but you may be unsure where to start, or how to help. You don’t want them to push you away, and you may be concerned that talking […]

New York Mental Health Resources for Suicide Help

The therapists and staff at Suffolk DBT are concerned for the mental health and safety of our clients on Long Island and in NYC. We’ve compiled a list of New York specific mental health resources as a reference for you or your loved one with suicidal thoughts.  Please know, help is available. If you are […]

Loving Again After Invalidation: Interpersonal Effectiveness DBT Skills in Action

Have you ever experienced feeling unloved or unheard by your significant other after opening up about your emotions? It can be an excruciating experience, right? This Valentine’s Day, we’re focusing in on how to heal from harmful invalidation in your relationships and rediscovering how to love (and trust) again. By utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) […]

How Can DBT Help You Prepare for a Fresh Start and Shape Your Future?

Are you ready for a change? Do you feel like you need a fresh start in life? You may have been through a tough time recently or are struggling with your mental health. Or you’re stuck in a rut and want to inject purpose and excitement into your days. Whatever your reason, the good news […]

What Makes DBT Therapy Different

Imagine you’re playing a video game where you have to balance on a tightrope while juggling and fighting off ninjas. Sounds tough, right? Well, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT for short, is a kind of therapy that teaches you skills kind of like how to balance, juggle, and fight in the game of life, especially […]

Fear of Driving Applying Opposite Action

The skill of opposite action, which is often used in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), involves acting opposite to an emotional urge or impulse. In the context of dealing with a fear of driving, you might apply opposite action in the following ways: Identify the Fear: First, it’s important to identify the specific fears or anxieties […]