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Coping Strategies for Teen Social Anxiety in the Age of Social Media

In today’s digitally connected world, the landscape of social interaction has dramatically transformed, especially for teenagers. Social media platforms, while offering unparalleled opportunities for connection and self-expression, have also introduced new challenges and pressures. For many teens, the quest for likes, followers, and validation can exacerbate feelings of inadequacy, leading to heightened levels of social […]

Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? How DBT Can Help You Thrive

Are you a highly sensitive person who feels things profoundly and often gets overwhelmed by life? You’re not alone! Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) can be challenging and at the same time, a truly unique gift. With the right tools and techniques, you can harness your sensitivity to thrive in a world that sometimes […]

Facing the Unthinkable: Supporting Your Teen Who Has Lost Someone to Suicide

In recent years, roughly 13 percent of adolescents in the United States had a current diagnosis of a mental or behavioral health condition. With anxiety and major depression being the most prevalent of these conditions, many parents want to confront the issue of teen suicide head-on, searching for “counseling for teens near me,” “suicide prevention […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reducing Suicide Risk Through DBT

  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy initially designed for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Due to the nature of the diagnosis, any effective treatment for BPD needs to address and work with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and have a primary goal of reducing suicide risk. Over time, DBT has […]

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 […]