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Celebrating International Self-Care Day: Prioritizing Mental Health for Youth

International Self-Care Day

On July 24th, we commemorate International Self-Care Day, a global initiative focused on promoting self-care practices for physical, emotional, and mental well-being. At Western Youth Services, we recognize the crucial role that self-care plays in maintaining youth mental health and overall wellness. Let’s dive into the importance of self-care and explore some practical tips to […]

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

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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 […]

National Prevention Week and the Pursuit of Positive Mental Health

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In an era where mental health and substance abuse issues increasingly affect our youth, National Prevention Week (NPW) stands as a beacon of hope and education. Celebrated annually from May 12th to May 18th, NPW is an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse prevention strategies. This year, Western Youth Services joins […]

Cultivating Resilience: Honoring National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

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In the bustling chaos of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the silent struggles of our youngest generation. As May unfolds, we commemorate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, a vital reminder of the importance of safeguarding and nurturing the mental well-being of our children. Why It Matters: Children’s mental health is not a […]

Celebrating National Counseling Awareness Month: Empowering Youth Through Mental Health Support

National Counseling Awareness Month

As April dawns upon us, it’s time to shine a spotlight on an invaluable resource: mental health counseling. National Counseling Awareness Month provides an opportunity to recognize the dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support individuals through their mental health journey. At Western Youth Services (WYS), we’re proud to highlight our exceptional counselors and the […]

Bringing Awareness to Self-Harm: Supporting Youth During Self-Harm Awareness Month

self harm awareness month

As March approaches, so does a crucial time for mental health awareness – Self-Harm Awareness Month. At Western Youth Services, we believe in the power of knowledge, understanding, and support to break the stigma surrounding self-harm and provide assistance to those who need it most. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on […]

Caring for Hearts: Valentine’s Day Self-Care Tips for Youth

valentine's day self-care

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Western Youth Services (WYS) encourages youth to celebrate self-love and mental wellness. This blog post shares valuable self-care tips to promote a positive and mindful Valentine’s Day, emphasizing the importance of mental health awareness. Valentine’s Day Self-Care: Embrace Valentine’s Day as an opportunity for self-love. Engage in activities that bring joy, […]