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Natalie Seidel, MAFP, CPD

It can be hard to talk about mental health and even harder to talk about suicide with teens.
DepressionTeen Mental Health

Teen Suicide: Moving from Tough Talks to Hope

What is more heart-wrenching than a young life ended before it’s time by suicide? The last few years have opened our eyes to the troubling state of teen mental health in our country. Between 2007 and 2021, the suicide rate among people 10-24 years old climbed from 6.8 to 11.0 per 100,000. And it’s starting early - kids as young as 9 or 10 are thinking about suicide. It’s crucial to know how to talk about mental health and suicide with the kids in your life. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, or anyone else working with kids, you…
Learn to set health boundaries and maintain them
Mental Health

6 Important Personal Boundaries and Tactics to Hold Firm

Setting limits, or "boundaries", can be tricky. It's not always easy to make them clear or get others to respect them. But boundaries are important. They show people in a nice way what we need to stay safe and healthy. Boundaries also let others know what will happen if they ignore our limits. Boundaries aren't about controlling what other people do. And they aren't about telling others what to do. A lot of times we mess up with boundaries. We might leave some out or not set any at all because we don't want to upset someone. But boundaries matter.…
When Pregnancy Loss Leads to Grieving the Role of Motherhood

Pregnancy Loss: Grieving the Role of Motherhood

Questions like “Do you have children?” or “How many children do you have” seem harmless but hit us like a two-by-four when we are sitting with loss. May is Maternal Health Awareness, but pregnancy loss does not have a time limit. The care and healing can take days, weeks, months, and even years. By the end of this article, the hope is that you will have tools to help in such a fragile time.   If you have lost a baby, please know you are not alone. I understand the pain because even though I am a mom, I’ve also gone…