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Why Mental Healthcare is Unique in Minority Communities

Posted by Maryvale on Apr 18, 2024 12:47:38 PM

Mental healthcare is a critical component of well-being, yet minority communities often face unique challenges and disparities in accessing quality mental health services. Historically oppressed communities face barriers to career advancement, social services, and essential healthcare. This issue is compounded by the latent stress many Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other underrepresented groups carry as a result of systemic racism. In honor of Minority Mental Health Month, we recognize the...

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It’s Alcohol Awareness Month. How Can Parents Talk to Teens About Alcohol?

Posted by Maryvale on Apr 10, 2024 5:40:35 PM

Do you remember your first sip of alcohol? No matter how you relate to drinking, it plays a significant role in young peoples’ social identities. As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, we see this as a pivotal time to have open and honest conversations about alcohol, particularly with teenagers. For parents, discussing alcohol with their teens can feel daunting, but it’s a crucial step in promoting responsible decision-making and fostering a healthy relationship with alcohol. There are several...

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Topics: Alcohol Awarness Month

We Recognize Autism Awareness Month

Posted by Maryvale on Apr 2, 2024 12:28:23 PM

April is a special time dedicated to celebrating and supporting children on the autism spectrum, as it marks Autism Awareness Month. This month-long observance is a chance for communities to come together, raise awareness, promote understanding, and show appreciation for the unique strengths and talents of children with autism spectrum disorder. There is no end to the ways communities can focus on children during Autism Awareness Month and create inclusive and supportive environments for them.

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Essential Drug & Alcohol Awareness for Young People

Posted by Maryvale on Mar 20, 2024 12:35:33 PM

For decades, educators, parents, community groups, and government agencies have viewed drug and alcohol awareness as a priority for young people. Today, drug and alcohol use continues to loom large – and the stakes are higher than ever, with overdose rates at an all-time high. As guardians of their well-being, it’s imperative to equip young individuals with essential awareness about the risks associated with substance use. The team at Maryvale believes that drug and alcohol awareness is vital...

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Topics: substance abuse

Why Does Critical Thinking Matter to Young Learners?

Posted by Maryvale on Mar 12, 2024 12:28:21 PM

In the formative years of early childhood, from birth to five years old, children’s minds are like sponges, eagerly soaking up new information from their surroundings. In addition to learning how to make decisions and function socioemotionally, children begin to evaluate complex situations and lay the cognitive groundwork for early childhood education during their early development.  

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Topics: Early Education

Maryvale’s Restoring Hope Golf Classic Takes Place on March 18!

Posted by Maryvale on Mar 4, 2024 6:24:51 PM

Calling all golf fans – there has never been a better way to give back to the community while enjoying a round of golf at the South Hills Country Club in sunny West Covina. 

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Topics: Restoring Hope Golf Classic

Maryvale Celebrates Read Across America Day

Posted by Maryvale on Mar 2, 2024 10:00:00 AM

Do you remember the days of sounding out words and reading aloud in class? Whether you’re a proud bookworm or casual reader, reading plays a powerful role in all of our lives. That’s why we’re thrilled to recognize Read Across America Day, an important touchstone that helps us reflect on the importance of books in children’s lives. Children can start to read independently by age seven or eight. Beyond these years, reading skills are important to a child’s ability to succeed in school and...

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How To Show Up During Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Posted by Maryvale on Feb 20, 2024 12:44:22 PM

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a time to confront pervasive issues around how food and body image issues impact people, especially teenage girls and women. Eating disorders are increasingly common among children and teens and can have devastating effects that start during youth and last a lifetime. Observing Eating Disorder Awareness Week provides an opportunity for families and communities to come together, raise awareness, and support those affected by eating disorders.

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Topics: eating disorder

How Trauma-Informed Services Cultivate Empathy

Posted by Maryvale on Feb 15, 2024 1:19:58 PM

At Maryvale, we are proponents of a trauma-informed mental health approach and believe in the power of going beyond addressing symptoms to foster genuine empathy and understanding. We work with some of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations, and we see firsthand the effect trauma has on people’s lives – especially for children. When a person is the victim of a violent attack, sexual assault, a traumatic accident, or the witness of a sudden, shocking event, it can be difficult to imagine them...

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Topics: trauma informed care

Identifying and Treating Eating Disorders in Teens

Posted by Maryvale on Feb 13, 2024 7:17:33 PM

Eating healthy food and enjoying a nourished, energetic body may seem like simple facts of life. Unfortunately, for many young people, having a straightforward relationship with food is difficult. Our culture puts outsized pressure on physical appearances, and unrealistic beauty standards abound. As a result, adolescents often find themselves navigating the delicate balance between self-acceptance and norms that are completely detached from reality. Unfortunately, many teens resort to eating...

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Topics: eating disorder