Pacific Solstice offers an accelerating mental health program

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “Recent national youth surveys have shown alarming increases in the prevalence of certain mental health conditions — in 2019, one in three high school students and half of female college students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, an overall increase of 40% from 2009. We know that mental health is shaped by many factors…” reports U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy in Protecting Youth Mental Health: The US Surgeon General’s Advisory Further, Dr. Murthy calls on all of us to redesign systems to improve the daily functioning of adolescents: “Our obligation to act is not just medical, it is moral I believe that coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity as a country to rebuild in a way that refocuses our identity and our shared values, puts people first and strengthens our bonds with each other. Pacific Solstice, a clinic for teens and adults in Mission Viejo, Calif., has reconfigured its services to help more teens. The trusted and well-known clinic in Southern Orange County has developed a unique program for those in middle school or high school. Solstice Academy bridges the emotional and social gap between suicide prevention, mental health care, and academic needs. School and treatment in the same day, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Brianna Riddlebarger, Solstice PA-C Psych, says, “Depression and anxiety don’t need to get in the way of academic progress. Although depression impacts the ability to think, concentrate, and regulate emotions, life doesn’t have to stand still. complete challenging tasks, academic progress is possible.” Pacific Solstice is licensed by the California Department of Public Health as a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC), certified by the Department of Health Care Services, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

“At the start of 2021, emergency room visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for teenage girls and 4% higher for teenage boys compared to the same period in early 2019,” Protecting reports. Youth Mental Health: The US Surgeon. General’s opinion. Families, even therapists, cannot compare what they are going through to anything. Solstice CEO Britten Devereux told parents, “As in-person life has shifted to on-screen life, teens have less access to school counselors, pediatricians, friends and teachers. Regulation emotional all comes down to skills. Think of skills as the roots that hold you strong no matter what the storm. Skills are the result of practice. Our structured environment recognizes diagnoses, like panic disorder, or labels like “oppositional” , but puts energy and creativity into developing skills. Responding to the psychological pain families are experiencing requires three things: empathy, science and time.”

Solstice Academy includes nutritional care, psychiatric appointments, case management skills building, lab work, group work, and family counseling to help regain stability and functionality, regardless of the diagnosis. The goal of the Academy is to define and develop the social skills, routine and life skills necessary for human connection, mood stabilization, optimal cognition and, quite simply, the good life. Solstice Academy works with the school curriculum to incorporate independent study, tutoring, and a strategic schedule to optimize efficiency and learning. A graduate of USC, LCSW and co-founder of Solstice, Narges Maududi reminds us what to look for: “We all know the trend. , disappointment, and a sense of snowballing into cognitive distortions such as “I’ll never be good enough” and “I’m always late.” Tack on the emotional echo and isolation of excessive screen time and the Time and task management are harder than ever. It’s important to take action. Look at your options. Unaddressed, these variables change more than graduation on time, skill acumen, personality and personal responsibility; early intervention alters neural pathways for good.”

It takes a team. From homework and one-on-one coaching to integrative psychiatry, dialectical behavior therapy and meal planning, families need a resource when the going gets tough. Solstice is networked with Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, Tricare West and Optum, which is good news as it covers most of the cost for families. The Solstice Academy offers courses and treatments from Monday to Friday on the same day, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A look inside the Academy clarifies the important commitment:

  • A 90-120 day registration is required, nothing less.
  • Teens and guardians must attend a weekly workshop on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. in person.
  • Parents are ready to engage in personal growth skills, as directed and defined by Solstice Academy.
  • Resilience concepts like positive reinforcement and integrative care methods like sleep and blood sugar are central.
  • Weekly family case management sessions are required.
  • A team spirit and long-term goals prevail; so don’t expect results overnight.
  • Parents need to let go of the idea that their teenager will seek out this solution, demonstrate constant motivation or endorse it. It’s not for the faint of heart. Most teens will want one part or the other and on their terms. Solstice Academy encourages parents to take the lead and the self-regulation skills that everyone commits to.

Mental health and school together… Finally.

Contact [email protected] or text Solstice at 949.200.7929.

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