Mental Health

“Do This; Do That” or Else: Pressure From Family, Friends, and Society to Abide by Mainstream Culture

Posted in Mental Health on September 28, 2023

AVFC pressure to conform

  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: Feeling “emotionally squeezed” can be debilitating—so much so, you feel trapped in a perception of impending difficulty, with no escape. From where did this monster arise, you may have asked yourself? Whether it stemmed from external forces, and you feel pinned to the wall amidst other people’s adamant opinions, or held captive by the workings of your own mind, climbing out of the deep well of this “Alice in Wonderland”-esque rabbit hole Read More »

The Kids Are NOT Alright: Taking Inventory of Young People’s Mental Health Since March 2020

Posted in Mental Health on October 27, 2022

AVFCA Kids Mental Health

SUMMARY: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic gave such deference to external circumstances and solutions, that it crowded out children’s confidence—in themselves, their relationships, and their creative capabilities. This aggravated a swelling mental health crisis for youth; a blow we may not fully comprehend for years to come.   By Melanie Rae Tardell, J.D.   “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” — Haim Ginott, child psychologist   If you’re Read More »