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Playing a sport at a young age can negatively affect the mental health of a child.

Running from potential negative effects of youth sports

Cayla Carlson and Emma Makin January 28, 2022

It’s common for children to start playing sports at young ages, seeing as sports have many benefits, but some argue that they can leave a more negative impact on a child’s mental health. According...

Although playing a sport in high school is time consuming and difficult, CHS students feel that the beneficial effects it has on mental health makes it all worth it.

Why play: fulfillment powers sport participation

Zaina Saif January 28, 2022

Despite the lack of organized sports teams at CHS, many students continue to participate in the sports they’re passionate about outside of school. In fact, several CHS students have been involved...

Professional athletes are speaking out on the importance of mental health.

Sports icons spark the conversation surrounding mental health

Isabela Delgado January 28, 2022

When asking a parent or a grandparent their opinion on athletes speaking out about their mental health, they’ll most likely respond with that such a thing never existed. However, when speaking to a professional...

A survey of 55 students from Apr. 6 to Apr. 13

Mental health on their minds: Students reflect on changes to mental health in the pandemic

Nina Kolodchak May 5, 2021

As quarantine continues, mental health issues also continue to rise. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on mental health, about 53% of adults in the United States have...

Kate Fitzsimons, a motivational speaker and life coach originally from Sydney, Australia, addresses students at
Communications High School on Feb. 25, 2020. She discussed the importance of managing negative emotions
and being in control when choosing how to respond to difficult situations.

Mental health deserves to be treated as importantly as physical health

Eli Tapia January 19, 2021

We live in a world that never stops moving, and although mental health awareness has quickly become a trending topic, many times it's overlooked and pushed aside in fear of slowing us down. The case isn’t...

According to Psychology Today, professional treatment helped depressed people feel better in nearly 80% of cases.
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Oversimplifying depression leads to harmful stigmas

Vaughn Battista May 8, 2020

Due to the increased awareness of the rising mental health crisis, there have been many efforts aimed at alleviating the depression and stress prevalent in both high schoolers and adults. While these can...

According to Merriam-Webster, a mental health day is defined as “a day that an employee takes off from work in order to relieve stress and renew vitality.” 
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Normalize mental health days

Maggie Schneider January 17, 2020

The stigmatization of mental health issues is a pressing issue in our modern-day society. Mental illness and mental health are commonly misrepresented in the media we consume everyday. We see debilitating...

According to a survey, 50% of teens with mental health conditions are treated.

CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

Brigid McCarthy January 17, 2020

New Jersey is one of only nine states that require mental health education by law. In August of 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that “required public school health education to include...

A survey of 47 students from Aug. 18 to Sep. 4.

Message of suicide in music sparks controvery

Rebecca Heath September 13, 2019

On Oct. 26, 1984, 19-year-old John McCollum was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s album, “Blizzard of Oz.” With lyrics such as “Suicide...

Students went through a variety of workshops held at Brookdale Community College.

Selected students attend Monmouth County Youth Wellness Summit

Sarah McNey May 22, 2018

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) hosted its annual Monmouth County Youth Wellness Summit at Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus on Tuesday, May 22. The event was sponsored...

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama meet with mothers regarding the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Acts.

Mental health coverage is a necessity

Lauren Spiezia May 16, 2017

Hundreds of insurance companies around the country have broken a law for nearly ten years. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires American insurance providers to create limitations...

Graphic by Julie Alter

Orthorexia hidden in modern society

Kate Ridoux September 16, 2016

Over the past several years, the line between diets and eating disorders has grown increasingly thin. So thin, in fact, that those who cross it may be unaware of the dangerous impact it can have on their...

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