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Navigating Independence Day: Tips for Managing Triggers Amidst the Celebration

Navigating Independence Day

As we gear up to celebrate Independence Day, the Fourth of July, with fireworks, festivities, and joyous gatherings, it’s important to recognize that for some individuals, this holiday can bring about heightened stress and anxiety. For those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or sensory sensitivities, the loud noises and flashing lights of fireworks can trigger […]

National PTSD Awareness Day: Understanding Trauma and Finding Support

national ptsd awareness

June 27th marks National PTSD Awareness Day, a time dedicated to raising awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its impact on individuals and communities. As we observe this day, it’s crucial to explore the depths of PTSD, explore its symptoms, understand the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and highlight the significance of trauma-informed […]

Honoring Juneteenth: Understanding Its History and Significance


In recent years, Juneteenth has gained widespread recognition and celebration across the United States. Yet, many are still unfamiliar with its significance and historical roots. As we approach another Juneteenth, it’s crucial to be educated on the history of this pivotal day and acknowledge its importance in the ongoing struggle for equality and justice. Juneteenth […]

Celebrating Diversity: Western Youth Services Commemorates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

international day against homophobia

As we mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), Western Youth Services (WYS) stands in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community to combat discrimination and promote inclusivity. This day, observed annually on May 17th, serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and acceptance faced by individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender […]

No Name-Calling Week: Western Youth Services’ Stand Against Bullying

Anti-Bullying Training

In the pursuit of creating safe and inclusive spaces for youth, Western Youth Services is proud to observe No Name-Calling Week, a dedicated initiative to raise awareness about the impact of bullying on mental health. At our core, we recognize the importance of fostering empathy, resilience, and positive character development to combat bullying and create […]

Tips to Support Youth During Mental Wellness Month

mental wellness month

January marks Mental Wellness Month, a time dedicated to fostering awareness and understanding around the importance of mental health. At Western Youth Services, we believe in empowering youth with the tools they need to navigate the complexities of mental well-being. In this blog post, we’ll take a deeper look into valuable tips to support and […]

Embracing New Beginnings: A New Year’s Day Reflection

New Year's Day Reflection

As the clock strikes midnight, we bid farewell to the old and usher in the promise of a new year. New Year’s Day is not just a date on the calendar; it’s a symbol of hope, renewal, and fresh starts. At Western Youth Services, we recognize the profound impact that new beginnings can have on […]

Nurturing Youth Mental Health: Self-Care Tips for a Resilient New Year

youth mental health

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, Western Youth Services extends warm wishes for a year filled with growth, resilience, and, above all, positive mental well-being. The journey into the New Year provides an excellent opportunity to prioritize youth mental health. In this blog post, we’ll explore essential self-care tips tailored for […]

Giving Tuesday: Empowering Youth Mental Health through Your Generosity

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, celebrated annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global movement dedicated to giving back. It’s a day where people come together to support various causes and make a positive impact in their communities. At Western Youth Services (WYS), we invite you to join us in this meaningful endeavor by supporting our mission […]