How Parents Can Help Destigmatize Their Teen’s Mental Illness

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Most parents of teens grew up during a time where mental illness was something to keep quiet or was considered shameful. You didn’t feel cool telling your friends about your anxiety attack or being depressed. Your parent’s generation was more likely to ask you to keep such details quiet, or they minimally acknowledged it. The…

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ACE Test Aids in Depression, Suicide Awareness in Troubled Youth

Depression and suicide in the United States among troubled youth have been on the rise prior to 2020. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are proving to be key factors that influence these events in teens and adolescence. ACE Test Factors – A Breakdown ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are those that occurred before a child’s eighteen birthday.…

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Nature is Medicine — Even for Indoors-y Types. Let Us Count the Ways.

Beautiful bridge over a waterfall

Research has shown that nature is indeed a form of medicine and contributes to what Deschutes Wilderness Therapy is today. However, for those who are less inclined to seek nature — even during a pandemic, getting those benefits may seem out of reach. These people may have bad memories of camping/hiking expeditions gone sideways and ongoing challenges…

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In Their Words

The most frustrating thing is getting people to understand where you are at. Physical disease is much easier for people to empathize with.

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Distance and Education

We have a strong focus on fundamentals like Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely (SMART) goals and teaching executive functioning skills that bolster classroom behaviors.

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The Walk

Young adults come from all over the country to Deschutes Wilderness Therapy. All with the intention of healing from the traumas of their past.

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