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Mental Health: When Does Teen Angst Become Something to Worry About?

Teenagers endure a lot. The stress of doing well in school in preparation for college, careers, and adulthood is a lot to shoulder. Add to that modern-day social stressors and social media. Then throw a pandemic into the mix — and you can understand why a few mood swings are the norm.

Brandon Segura, Ph.D

The teenage years are a time of great physical, social, and intellectual growth. They also happen to be when more serious mental health issues can surface, which can create a quandary for parents who want so desperately to encourage their teen’s newfound spirit of independence while also providing the supports they need.

So, when do the normal ups and downs of teenage life become something to worry about — and seek help for?  Here, at Connect Canyons, we recently posed these questions, and more, to one of Canyons District’s school psychologists, Brandon Segura, Ph.D. As a parent and a professional, he had some great advice and timely insights to share.

First, and foremost, he said: Trust your instincts, make time for fun, and when in doubt, seek the expert advice of a mental health professional. Parenting is a big, important job, which means it isn’t easy, he said, and sometimes it helps to have someone in your corner for a little encouragement.

Listen to Connect Canyons: Episode 21

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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