On January 29, 2020, Ocean County will participate in NJCounts 2019 conducting a state-wide Point-In-Time Count of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless. If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of homelessness please visit one of the Project Homeless Connect Sites for help.
Focusing awareness on the present moment can enhance academic performance and lower stress levels
That's the message the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) will be sharing with youth as they return from holiday break this week. PDFNJ, in collaboration with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, has unveiled a media campaign about the dangers of vaping that will be distributed to each of the more than 3,500 schools in the state.
The list of benefits is long and notable, and they will endure long past boyhood.
Although TikTok is known primarily for silly videos — viral dances, short skits, or just kids goofing off — the platform also has viral memes where teenagers use self-deprecating humor to talk about anxiety, sexuality, insecurities, depression, and relationship abuse.
January 10, 2020 - This announcement serves as a “Request for Proposals” (RFP) to develop and/or increase the availability of resources to Ocean County youth and their families.
The FDA is reportedly taking unprecedented action to try and stop the teen vaping epidemic. Under the direction of the Trump administration, it will likely announce a ban on mint, fruit and dessert flavored e-cigarette cartridges as soon as Friday.
So your middle schooler is having friendship drama? That can be challenging and emotional for the both of you. Dad and school counselor, Andy Mullen, shares his advice on what you can do to help.
It’s been said that good cooking is an art form. The truth is, it’s much more than that. It’s a way to teach kids vital 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.
Hackensack Meridian Health has received an award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the amount of $15.8 million to be distributed over seven years to establish the New Jersey Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model.
Efforts are increasing to help students who aren’t getting enough nutritious food; by one estimate, as many as one-third suffer from ‘food insecurity’
Nearly 30 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act first outlawed workplace discrimination on the basis of disability, more disabled people live in poverty than when the law was passed. It’s a complex problem with many factors, but in some cases the very program intended to help disabled people becomes a devastating financial trap.
An Ocean County program that includes meals at senior nutrition sites and meals delivered to homebound seniors will be served up in the new year.
We’ve all heard of bullying, but do we truly know what it means? Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior that involves a power imbalance.
A new law in the United States that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 is now in effect, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
'The Only Way To Eradicate Mental Illness Is To Talk About It': Insights On Brain Health From The 2019 Forbes Healthcare Summit
Diseases of the brain continue to be taboo. Most stigmatized of all? Addiction and mental illness.
In this video, learn more about what toxic stress is, how it can affect you, and what you can do—both by yourself and in connection with your community—to deal with what you’re experiencing.
One mom's tips for hiring (and keeping) a good sitter
Why it's especially tempting — and risky — for kids with emotional or behavioral challenges
Health care providers and lawmakers call for state to pass legislation protecting young people from dangers of e-cigarette
NEW YORK — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
More than a dozen states are finally taking advantage of a five-year-old federal policy change that would make it easier for schools to provide health care to millions of children across the country.
For many of us, our smartphones are now an essential part of our daily lives. And with more children and teenagers owning them than ever before, there has been a rise in concerns about the effects they could be having on young people’s mental health and development.
Historically, taxation has been an effective tool in reducing the number of people who smoke.
What it looks like, and why it's often mistaken for something else
Monarch Housing Associates, an organization working in conjunction with counties to provide heated shelters during "Code Blue" nights, is asking for places to open their doors and show hospitality to the less fortunate in the southern portion of Ocean County, as well as in Freehold and Keansburg in Monmouth County.
Since 2017, a new law enforcing "Code Blue" has provided heated shelters for the nearly 9,000 homeless people in New Jersey.
In 2018, California ERs treated 84,584 young patients ages 13 to 21 who had a primary diagnosis involving mental health. That is up from 59,705 in 2012, a 42% increase, according to data provided by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
The teens are learning to hold down a job and build their self-confidence by working towards a mutual goal with another live being.
Studies are accumulating showing the teen brain, consistently plied with alcohol, won’t reach maturity and damaged genetic material may be passed on.
NJ compares well with other states for kids’ health and general circumstances, but new report shows that children of color remain disadvantaged
Overstimulation, demanding social events and disrupted schedules can wreak havoc on the holidays for people on the autism spectrum. This story provides tips for better managing the holidays.
Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty," can actually drive people away from getting help, The Huffington Post reported in March.
Welcome to LifeTown, where 53,000 square feet of commercial space off Route 10 has been transformed into a simulated "town," where children with special needs can learn and practice essential life skills in an environment designed just for them.
Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Toms River is faced with $5.3 million in cuts for the 2020-2021 school year and devastating choices, unless state aid cuts are reversed.
Enjoy a free holiday meal, regardless of your financial situation, organized through the Sandbox Cafe.
The CDC states that ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger, and by age 2, a diagnosis can be considered very reliable.
How to be a private public person as you’re figuring out how to be an adult.
Multiyear initiative seeks to cut opioid prescriptions to under 12%, collect statewide data to reveal trends and trouble spots
TOMS RIVER – Memories of those who died as the victim of domestic violence – and greater awareness to the resources available to those facing that trauma – were part of the Silent Witness Project ceremony held recently at the Ocean County Mall.
BRICK – There have been three homicides in the township this year that were committed by people who were closest to the victims.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is introducing a new program that aims to clearly define how officers interact with those on the autism spectrum.
Here's what to do when the eye-rolls and outbursts start (because there are going to be eye-rolls and outbursts).
Here are six takeaways that all parents, caregivers and teachers can add to their anxiety toolkits, including information on how anxiety works, how parents can spot it and how to know when it's time to get professional help.
A powerful skill for building resilience
My Life My Quit serves Colorado, and is available in 11 other states, as well — Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming.
It’s no secret that Snapchat continues to shape the way young people communicate with one another, but it also has another impact — it also shapes the way they bully each other.
A new report from the U.K. says that more than 1 in 5 teens there spend five hours or more per day on social media. And the heavier users of social media get to bed later and get poorer quality sleep.
Boys face their own set of gender-based challenges. Here are some ways to help