Entries by Youth First

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Supporting Adolescents Showing Signs of Depression

By Abby Betz, LSW – May 18, 2022 – For most teens, the adolescent years are a time of rapid growth and development, both physically and emotionally. Life skills are learned and put into practice. Newfound independence is established and boundaries are tested. Additionally, teens begin to find themselves facing different stressors and pressures, exploring […]

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Help for Stressed Out Kids

By Vicki Kirkman, LCSW, LCAC – May 13, 2022 – Stress is a natural part of life and something that everyone experiences.  It can be positive or negative and affect your daily life greatly if not managed appropriately. In some situations, stress can motivate us to do better or work toward hard-to-reach goals. Other circumstances can […]


Promoting Secure Attachments

By Taylor Dore, Youth First Social Work Intern – 04/28/2022 Building a secure attachment between you and your child begins when they are born. Your baby cries to express a need and you, as the caregiver, respond by meeting that need. By doing this consistently, your child learns that they can trust you to meet […]