blueFire Builds Resilience Through Integration of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare and Trauma Therapy

Adolescents nationwide have been grappling with increased rates of hopelessness, suicidal behavior, and mental health struggles since 2009. According to CDC data, persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness increased for adolescents by 40% from 2009 to 2019. These struggles have been further exacerbated by disruptions to social systems, family stress, and other stressors related to …

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Tips for Parents on Dealing with Tech Addiction in Teens

Tech Addiction in Teens Technology has become a major part of teenagers’ lives. It can be used for educational purposes, communicating with friends, entertainment, and socializing. However, too much technology use has been linked to several problems, such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. Technology use in the teenage and pre-teen years is highly problematic …

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Healthy Habits Learned at blueFire Wilderness

During the adolescent years, teens rarely take into consideration their physical health and even less so on mental health. They know they are experiencing a wide range of emotions but are unclear on how to sort through them all in a positive and effective manner. This can lead to depression, anxiety, or injurious practices such …

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When To Seek Help For Your Teen’s Mental Health

If someone asked you what the best stage in our lives was, what would you say?  Many of us believe that the best stage in life is childhood or adolescence.  Generally speaking, children and adolescents have fewer responsibilities, pressures, and worries.  This of course is not the case for everyone, many children face hardships or …

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How We Help: Individual Therapy in Wilderness Programs

Navigating through adolescence in today’s socioemotional landscape can be extremely difficult for teens. From mood swings to academic problems to more complicated mental health issues, it’s becoming increasingly common for teens to reach a level of distress where professional help can be beneficial. Research has shown that therapy can help teens in a variety of …

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OCD in Teens: Symptoms and Signs

As teens journey through adolescence, a certain amount of anxiety surrounding all of the changes and increased responsibilities they face is normal. For some teens, these anxious feelings and thoughts are perennial and are the result of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, a mental health disorder. This mental health condition is not the same as being a perfectionist …

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Reframing Unhelpful Thoughts: How to Be Kinder to Yourself

Ruminating on negative thoughts is a common practice for adults, but without the proper tools and skills to reframe these thoughts, you could be holding yourself back from happiness and reaching your potential. If you find yourself often dwelling on negative thoughts, you could benefit from some reframing techniques to help reclaim your mind. How …

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Depression in Teens: How Puberty Can Contribute to Mental Health Challenges

While parenting children at any age has it’s difficult times, parenting teenagers comes with its own set of challenges. Between changing hormones and stress from school and friends, teenage mood swings are not uncommon. It is healthy for teens to experience a full range of emotions, but if your child is struggling with symptoms such …

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