Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:43

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BANGOR - Being a parent isn't easy, but neither is being a teen. Back in October, a new project called, Acadia Hospital CARES, which aims to make difficult problems teens face a little easier to talk about. The first episode focused on suicide  and this week, the second episode was released, this one focusing on bullying.

"When a family notices that something is different about their child, that's the point we want them to intervene and have the conversation," said Chris McLaughlin, the administrator of pediatric services at Acadia Hospital. 

 

Whether it's suicide, bullying or eating disorders, some teens face a variety issues behind closed doors. But thanks to a series of videos called 'Acadia Hospital Cares,' parents will have the tools to confront their child about these issues.

 

"The video series was to act as information and resource but more importantly a guide of how to, so that families can feel empowered to sit down with their adolescents and start a conversation," said McLaughlin.

 

Through out 2018, the hospital will release numerous videos addressing issues teens regularly face.

 

"We want parents to feel like they have the core tools they need to identify when there's a problem with their kid and then find a way to start a conversation and check in with their teens," he said.

 

This month focuses on bullying and the impact social media is having on today's society. They hope these videos will equip parents with resources to help their kids.

 

"Our hope is to work more with youth with a second series for kids to help kids," he said.

 

Parents can view these videos on Acadia Hospital's website and on youtube.

 

"As society changes and as our kids change, Acadia's goal is to be as responsive and proactive as possible," said McLaughlin. "To intervene and provide some support to families and caregivers who need help."

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