Recognizing Depression in Children and Teens

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Kids, Teens & Depression  Your 11-year-old is the class bully. Your 15-year-old daughter exhibits frequent sudden bursts of anger. Normal signs of childhood development or early warning signs? Depression is a serious problem in both children and teens, and learning to recognize the symptoms early can help prevent future episodes and set them up for…

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What is Anxiety Disorder?

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The Three Types of Anxiety Disorder It is normal to feel anxious from time to time – everyone does. Looming deadlines, tax season or first dates can all cause a little anxiety. But there is a significant difference between  occasional stress and tension and the mental health problem we call Anxiety Disorder. There are three…

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Register Now For Adult Mental Health First Aid Class

Registration is now open for an Adult Mental Health First Aid class on Thursday, October 12. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s Community Room, 1525 Lime St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The class is presented by Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. Mental Health First Aid…

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Back To School With Mental Health First Aid

  August is back-to-school month, and we all know what that means. The new school year means new clothes, shoes, school supplies and more. But part of preparing to go back to school, whether as a student or teacher, also means taking care of your mental health and well-being. As part of our #BeTheDifference campaign,…

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Registration Is Now Open For The 2017 Annual Golf Tournament

Starting Point Golf Tournament Benefits Programs for Mental Health Services  Registration for foursomes and individual players is now open for the 7th Annual Starting Point Golf Tournament on Monday, November 6, at Amelia National Golf & Country Club. The event starts with registration at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start and Noon and a scramble…

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The Addiction Cycle: Inside the Brain

As scientists learn more about the causes of substance use disorder, they come to understand the larger role that the brain plays in cravings, substance use, and ultimately substance abuse. If you suspect a loved one is struggling with illegal drug or alcohol abuse, learning more about the brain’s role in addiction can help you…

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Puzzling for Perspective: Clear Your Mind with a Jigsaw Puzzle

In today’s world of hustle and bustle, it’s hard to keep a clear head. But clarity can be key to success and well-being–and it may be just a closet away. If you’ve got jigsaw puzzles stacked up inside, pull them out. They’re not just for fun; they can be an effective tool for improving mental…

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Starting Point Marks May As Mental Health Month

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare marked the month of May as Mental Health Month with a number of activities designed to raise awareness about the issue in the community. Board members, staff and volunteers gave out information about Mental Health First Aid classes and other programs at the annual Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, and the…

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