Running Toward Hope

Suicide attempts by adolescent girls are up 51% in 2021. As a parent of a tween girl, as a parent with a mental illness, I’m extremely focused on threats to kids’ mental health and opportunities for the safe expression of growth and curiosity explored within the necessary boundaries of rules and routine. We need to give our kids limits just as much as we need to encourage discovery. We need to foster a culture of confidence, not one of victimhood and fear. To do otherwise is to force huge questions of identity and security onto minds not yet mature enough to deal with them.

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