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Talking to your kids about COVID-19

The U.S continues to talk about COVID-19 and the uncertainties it not only leaves for our country but the rest of the world. The virus has been dominating headlines and has been a part of the news cycle since the beginning of this year. At a time of calls from our nation’s leaders to social

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An update from YCC in response to COVID-19

A Letter From Our President & CEO With the recent updates from our government regarding COVID-19, and in order to ensure staff and clients are as safe as possible, Youth Crisis Center is making some changes to our provision of services. ·       As of March 19th, the residential crisis care program has temporarily suspended all

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CDC: Wash hands, stay home if sick to avoid COVID-19

YCC wants everyone to remain safe and healthy! In the wake of COVID-19, please review this information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention about this virus. Symptoms: Symptoms of the virus become noticeable between 2-14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. These symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Prevention: There

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Setting aside time to check in with your child

It’s natural for parents and children to want to spend time together. However, with a busy work-life, school, after-school activities and other distractions, it could be hard to be able to set aside time to check in with your loved ones. Things happen and sometimes interactions slip through the cracks, but there are ways to

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How to show your child affection if you struggle with it

There’s no universal way of showing love. People show love and affection in different ways. Plenty of people express their feelings through hugs and kisses, but that kind of physical affection could be difficult for some. Others may struggle with giving and receiving compliments. The same goes for families. While adults may be used to

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Recognizing Love Languages with Your Family

Hopefully, it’s not a feeling or thought that crosses the mind of any child – whether or not they feel like their parents do not love them. There can be numerous things that would lead a child to have a feeling like this such as lack of affection shown by parents, unpleasant interactions, or negative

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What is self-esteem and how can you boost it?

According to the Oxford dictionary, self-esteem is a noun that means a feeling of being happy with your character and abilities. When Family Link Therapist LaRhonda Britton thinks of the word self-esteem, the word confidence comes to mind. Many others would probably associate confidence with self-esteem because according to the Oxford dictionary, confidence means the

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The role mindfulness can play in your mental health

The role mindfulness can play in your mental health According to Headspace, mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever is happening at the moment. Mindfulness can play a role in one’s mental health especially if someone is trying to make healthy changes in their life. Becoming mindful to make healthy changes

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Moving Away from Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts are not helpful thoughts. Negative thinking rarely gets us to the things we desire the most. These thoughts can be anything negative in your mind that gives you a feeling you do not value from. Once you have these thoughts, it could be hard to move away from. Ashton Crawford is a Licensed

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Helping Your Child Set and Reach Their Goals in 2020

“New Year, New Me,” is a phrase often repeated around this time of the year. Some people associate the beginning of the year with getting a fresh start or a new chapter in their lives. Some people even will try to set goals for the new year or resolutions. Whether you believe in setting goals

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The Importance of Setting Boundaries During the Holidays

Many expectations come with the holiday season. It can be the potlucks at your work, coworkers setting up a gift exchange, close friends planning get-togethers, and spending time with family both near and far. During this time of the year, it can be easy to overschedule or get overwhelmed. There could be times when a

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Staying on top of your mental health this holiday season

The year is coming to a close and the holiday season is upon us. Some people look forward to spending quality time with family and friends through a handful of social events while others may dread this time of the year. Those feelings could be due to stress, anxiety, depression, or several other factors in

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Dealing with Holiday Stress in the Workplace

The holiday season is now in full swing, and some people are probably counting down until their long weekend or the vacation they have been waiting all year for. The end of the year can also signal a race to the finish line, as employees work to meet their deadlines to get everything done before

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Is My Child Just Experiencing The Holiday Blues Or Is It Something More?

Throughout childhood and adolescence, it’s normal for your child to experience a wide range of emotions. However, if the negative feelings last longer than a normal “bad mood” and begin to impact your child’s ability to function normally, they could be experiencing depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.9 million children ages

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Collaboration Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

In a national study on youth homelessness, it was discovered that LGBTQ+ youth are 120% more likely to become homeless than their heterosexual peers. The prejudice and bigotry that many LGBTQ+ youth face can come from their family, friends or people in their community. The rejection that they receive can lead them to develop anxiety,

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Family Support is Key

Every crisis is different, just like each family’s experience within it. It is unfortunate that families today face a barrage of experiences that can result in a family crisis: death, divorce, addiction, relocation, mental illness, unemployment…the list goes on. There is no “typical” family crisis, just as there is no “typical” family. A crisis within

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Teen Anxiety Group

A group therapy program for learning about anxiety and discovering how to manage it, for ages 12-17 Begins: September 10, 2019               5PM – 6PM              Five Weekly Sessions (ends October 15th) Lead Facilitator: Mrs. Ashton Crawford, LMHCLocation: Youth Crisis Center’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Office     

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Teens across the country are worried about depression and anxiety. Even if they aren’t suffering themselves, they say they are concerned about their friends who are struggling. According to the Pew Research Center, 7 in 10 teens see depression as a major problem among their peers. Concerns about mental health issues among the young are

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Is Your Child Stressed?

Everyone has felt stressed out at one time or another. Whether it’s feeling overwhelmed at work, financial pressures, family drama or schoolwork overload, we’ve all been faced with that sense of “It’s just too much to handle.” Most of us have learned to take a breath, have a good cry, take it out at the

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True Gamerz Expo

Event Date: July 19-20thEvent Location: The Schultz CenterEvent Website: https://truegamerzexpo.com/Venue Website:  https://schultzcenter.org/venue/ True Gamerz Expo will be conveniently located close to Downtown Jacksonville and historic San Marco. With easy access from the Hart Expressway and just 2 short miles from Interstate 95, True Gamerz is central to all parts of Jacksonville. Come Experience Shultz’s full digital HD projection system

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

A 2017 study estimated that 1,720 children in the United States died that year from abuse and neglect. Of those fatalities, 72 percent of the children were younger than three years old. Prevention of these types of tragedies is why the Youth Crisis Center is promoting National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every April, National Child

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April 8-12 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week

This year, the second week of April is dedicated to the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. Around 200,000 homicides occur annually worldwide among youth between the ages of 10-29. According to the World Health Organization, that makes up 43% of the total number of global homicides each year. For those who are lucky enough to survive

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YCC On-Campus School Helps Students Get Back on Track

Too Far Gone Craig* is 16 years old. He is looking toward his future and has decided he wants to get training to become a roofer. It’s a great job with a salary as high as $80,000 a year. The problem is, while students Craig’s age are getting ready to start their junior year or

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