Jana Marie Foundation’s Candid Conversations is a series of concise web videos created to serve as a quick reference for recognizing and addressing serious problems related to our children’s mental, emotional, and physical health. Each topic is addressed in a collection of six to eight short easy-to-access video clips featuring subject matter experts who share information, tips, and additional resources. Created in partnership with Penn State Public Media.
For each video series Click “play” to watch all, or click on playlist in the upper left hand corner to get to the chapter(s) that interest you the most. Closed captioning is available.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: BULLYING
DR. JOLYNN CARNEY AND DR. RICHARD HAZLER
Bullying behaviors can look like physical or verbal attacks, threats, spreading rumors and exclusion from a group on purpose. The behaviors are intentional and ongoing, and there in an imbalance of power between the person who is bullying and the person who is the target of bullying. Listen and learn about signs and symptoms of bullying and what you need to know about this topic.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
DR. JANET ROSENZWEIG
It is estimated the 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 4 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18. With incidence of sexual abuse at such high levels, it is important for parents and caregivers to be aware of strategies for child sexual abuse prevention and to learn the signs and symptoms associated with child sexual abuse. Resources are available for individuals and families who have experienced child sexual abuse.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: CUTTING AND SELF HARM
AMELIA MCGINNIS, MSW, LCSW
Cutting and self-harm are terms used to describe a variety of self-injurious behaviors. It is often the case that these behaviors originate during the pre-teen and teen years and have a lasting impact on a youth’s mental health and wellness. Like many mental health conditions, there are myths and stigma surrounding cutting and self-harm. Listen and learn about sign and symptoms of self-harm and what you need to know about this topic.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: DEPRESSION
DR. JOSEPH WIEDEMER
Depression is a mental health condition that impacts a large number of youth in our schools and communities. Many experts agree that depression is often underreported and the impact of youth depression has lasting impacts as children transition into adulthood. Depressive symptoms may present as sadness, tiredness or irritability. Depression is treatable. Listen and learn more about the signs and tips on how to engage in conversations with someone you are worried about.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Understanding the risk and protective factors around youth substance use are important concepts for parents and adults in the community to understand. The younger a youth is when they engage in drinking alcohol or using substances the more likely it is that young person will struggle with substance use issues throughout their life. Listen and learn more about signs and symptoms of youth substance use and what you need to know about this topic.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: EATING DISORDERS
DR. JENNIFER SEIDENBERG AND PHYLLIS STACKHOUSE, MSN, CRNP
Eating Disorders are complex mental health and physical health conditions that present in many different ways. Eating Disorders impact youth in significant ways and can have a lifelong impact on a young person. Not only do parents and caregivers need to be aware of the mental health and physical health implications, eating disorders are set in a cultural context. Listen and learn more about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and what you need to know about this topic.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: RESILIENCE
DR. LEO FLANAGAN, JR.
The ability to bounce back, learning from mistakes and moving forward, the ability to recover. These are all ways to define resiliency. Resiliency can be an innate trait and it is also a skill that the can be nurtured and developed. Listen and learn more about the ways to build resilience in yourself and the young people in your life.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: SEX AND THE INTERNET
MEGAN MAAS, MS
Young people have access to information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using the internet and it is the go-to way to find answers. Youth can be exposed to content that is not age appropriate and can discover sites that impact their development, specifically when it comes to sex. Listen and learn what parents and caregivers need to know about sex and the internet and strategies to talk with young people about it.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: STRESS AND ANXIETY
DR. PETER MONTMINY
Stress and Anxiety is a normal human emotion that every person experiences at some point in their life. Adolescence is a time when young people experience heightened levels of stress due to academic challenges, family and friend relationships, and daily living as a young person. Listen and learn more about what parents and caregivers need to know about stress and anxiety and the impact it has on young people.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS: SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
DR. MATTHEW WINTERSTEEN
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24. Approximately one out of every 10 middle and high school students in Pennsylvania reports attempting suicide each year. Knowing the warning signs and how to ask the question can help save lives. Listen and learn more about how you can help prevent suicide.