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Social Media for Good: An Update on Teen Mental Health and Social Media

Posted by Victor Staff on August, 25, 2021

We work with teens and young adults every day here at Victor. Many of our employees have their own children as well, so we are no stranger to the role social media is playing in their lives.

We try to communicate with kids about their online presence. It's good to set time limits and certain boundaries, but there's no denying that social media will be a part of their lives and follow them into adulthood. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic and boom of TikTok, the social world has grown larger yet more connected at the same time. Video based platforms like YouTube, SnapChat, and TikTok allow teens to hop on trends, recreate, and share easier than ever. Couple that with algorithms becoming smarter and teens can find communities online that they relate to easier than ever.  

There is also an outpouring of educational content. We've needed to get information out quickly and reach as many people as possible during the pandemic. Because of that platforms have evolved and social media has become the primary source of information and advertisements. 

Because of these changes to the social media landscape, the data of how our teens' mental health is effected is also changing. In an article published by Psychology Today by Danielle Ramo, Ph.D., they explore how Social Media is actually helping teens cope with depression.

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Topics: Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY), blog promotion

Building Relationships and Bridging the Gap to Mental Health

Posted by Victor Staff on May, 21, 2021

Mental Health America’s theme for National Mental Health Month is Tools 2 Thrive which places an emphasis on providing practical tools so anyone can improve their mental health no matter their situation.

Though there has been great work in past years to lessen the stigma of seeking help or treatment for mental health, the stigma still prevents people from getting the help they need. There are additional reservations that are a result of poor past experiences with mental health professionals or agencies.

We can’t help people with their mental health unless they first feel safe seeking help or can be connected to resources. This is what our Victor Community Support Center (VCSS) in Redding has been working on for the past two years across Tehama County.

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Topics: community outreach, family services, Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY), Therapeutic Behavior Services, Staff Stories

Supporting Your Teen's Mental Health This Summer

Posted by Victor Staff on June, 01, 2020

California's official stay at home order went into effect in March, almost three months ago. Only recently have parts of the state begun opening up for more regular day-to-day activity, which means social distancing measures will still continue for most of us. 

Kids from toddlers to teens need structure! The school year brought some of that for families and children, but what are kids to do when summer comes and they are stuck at home with no schedule?

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Topics: family services, Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY), foster care

Transition Age Youth - A Success Story

Posted by Victor Staff on September, 09, 2019

We recently received a letter from a young man who has been involved in our Transition Age Youth program. It warmed our hearts to hear, in his own words, what it felt like to overcome many of his challenges and gain hope for the future. We want to share his letter with you, but first let's answer the questions that you may have...

What are Transition Age Youth?

Transition Age Youth are clients between 15 and 24 years old who are moving towards adulthood and in many cases, independence. This is a critical time for them to receive support and guidance, especially those in foster care who may still be overcoming trauma and lack a standard family support structure. Our Transition Age Youth, or TAY programs focus on equipping clients with the skills they need to function as highly as possible. Our services address all identified transition needs including employment, educational opportunities, living situations, community life, medication, mental health, physical well being, drug and alcohol use, trauma, domestic violence, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

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Topics: Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY)

Social Media and Teen Mental Health

Posted by Victor Staff on August, 08, 2019

We work with teens and young adults every day here at Victor. Many of our employees have their own children as well, so we are no stranger to the role that social media is playing in their lives. We try to communicate with kids about their online presence. It's good to set time limits and certain boundaries, but there's no denying that social media will be a part of their lives and follow them into adulthood. 

There are the obvious issues like cyberbullying and inappropriate content, but research shows there are more subtle issues that can develop in teens and young adults as a result of overuse and reliance on social media. Increased feelings of depression, isolation and anxiety can result from an unhealthy relationship with social media. These issues have become more prevalent in youth, but also affect adults when we form bad habits regarding our social media and online habits. In an article published by Psychology Today they explore this issue a little deeper. They ask some important questions and present some interesting findings, such as "College students have surpassed the elderly as the loneliest segment of the population."

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Topics: Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY), blog promotion

Teamwork at Victor's Perris Office Saves a Life

Posted by Victor Staff on September, 08, 2017

Sometimes we just need to pause, take a deep breath, and celebrate the incredible opportunities we have to step into tense and life-threatening situations and find a way to intervene and change the course of a human life.

Of course, we can’t share details because we care for and protect our clients, but we do want to celebrate with our Perris office an opportunity they had to intervene and quite literally help prevent a young lady from committing suicide. Mary Tretola, one of our Clinical Supervisors, paused in her day to relay an incredible story of teamwork that resulted in hope and a future for a troubled young woman.

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Topics: Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY)

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