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January 17, 2022

The Hidden Epidemic: the Surgeon General Sounds Alarms for the Mental Health Crisis Affecting Youth

“Our obligation to act is not just medical– it’s moral.” Last month, December of 2021, the United States surgeon general published a 53 page report on the “devastating” mental health crisis affecting the nation’s youngest population as a result of challenges faced by their generation, such as the coronavirus pandemic.

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December 21, 2021

Take Care of Your Brain Health this Holiday Season

The holidays can be a challenging time and the COVID-19 pandemic has made managing mental health even more challenging for many. Here we offer some tips for you to be mindful of your brain health and some resources you can share with friends or family who may be struggling.

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December 21, 2021

Social Cliques and Their Grip on Adolescence

Ask any adult, and they can probably attest to the social suffocation imposed on them in middle school by social cliques and groups.

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November 13, 2021

Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are among the most misunderstood brain health conditions and some of the hardest to overcome because sufferers cannot avoid eating altogether.

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December 14, 2021

Air Pollution and How It Affects Your Mental "Environment"

A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that air pollution may contribute to a heightened risk of serious mental health issues in individuals with high levels of exposure.

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October 18, 2021

Don't Worry. Be Happy. (Hint:That's not the answer to Anxiety.)

Don't Worry. Be Happy. Probably the worst advice you can give someone who is suffering from anxiety Anxiety is more than just "being nervous." It is a brain health condition that affects many of us, and can look different depending on the source of the anxiety.

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October 6, 2021

Mental Health is Top of Mind

It could be the change in seasons, or perhaps an opportunity for introspection after the summer holidays, but whatever the reason, Fall is a time when Mental Health is top of mind.

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September 24, 2021

The Changing Seasons & Why You Might Be Feeling Down

Falling back isn't just a reset to the clocks; the "winter blues" are real and not something you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

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September 22, 2021

How free time affects your mental health

Everyone needs time to rest-- to sleep, to play, and to simply do nothing. But the need to work, to pay the bills, and to support oneself (or a family), is ever-present and always looming. There are thousands of studies and articles exploring the risk of work burnout and stress, but what happens to the brain during those rare times of relaxation?

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September 9, 2021

The Impact of 9/11 on Children 20 Years Later

As America marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it’s important to recognize its effects on a generation of individuals, now adults, that were children when it happened.

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September 1, 2021

Yale Physician, Professor, & Innovator Joins CBF to Develop Brain Health Bootcamp

Lynn E. Fiellin, MD has joined the Chase Bjork Foundation as Medical Advisor.

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August 25, 2021

Thank You to Unite with Light

Unite With Light, an annual event created by the Labadini family to raise funds for children’s charities, selected the Chase Bjork Foundation as the beneficiary of this year’s event, and poignantly held the event on January 30, 2021, the first anniversary of Chase’s passing. The Labadinis, along with Lizzie Lewis, organized an amazing team of families and developed a COVID-safe process for assembling and distributing luminaries to be displayed at property lines and around town as a way to display the power of light to transcend darkness. 

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August 25, 2021

Trahan, Cárdenas Introduce Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act

Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), both members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, introduced the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act, legislation to support positive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programs in high schools.

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August 25, 2021

On Grief and Gratitude

The holidays are a time when we remember those in our lives who are important to us, and the “season of giving” surrounds us with the kindness and generosity of friends, family, neighbors and even strangers.