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About Mental Health

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West Chester Teen Data

  • WCASD teens' level of depression is 10% below the state average.


  • Still, 27% of West Chester teens feel sad or depressed most days.

                 Why We Care

  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6 in 10 substance abusers also have a mental health disorder.

  • Substance use can be a warning sign of underlying anxiety or depression.

In the News

Strategies for Parents

  • Use kind words and validation everyday.  It's a great way to help fabulous kids through difficult years.
  • Introduce your children to healthy coping strategies like spending time outdoors, journaling, exercise and mindfulness.
  • Teach consistent gratitude.  It's shown to have a direct link to overall life satisfaction.
  • Help your child set goals that are SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, yet Reaching, Timely. 
  • Talk about your weaknesses.  Kids need to see that failure happens and we go on.
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Sometimes in life, you just need a hug.  No words, no advice, just a hug to remind you that you matter.

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