Teen Sports and Mental Health – ending this year strong, starting the new year fresh!

By Veronica Cartagena | January 1, 2023

As we head into a new year, it’s time to think about how you can make the upcoming year your best yet. And what better … Read more

Home for the Holidays: A Survival Guide for College Students

By Veronica Cartagena | December 5, 2022

You did it – you made it through your first set of college final exams! You’re happy to finally begin your holiday break, but you’re … Read more

How to talk about teen suicide – Guidelines by age group

By Veronica Cartagena | November 10, 2022

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or child, or would like emotional support, reach out 24/7 to the 988 Suicide and … Read more

Realistic goal setting and improved self-esteem: exploring the connection

By Veronica Cartagena | October 11, 2022

It feels good to set a goal and achieve it. But there’s a much deeper connection between goal setting and self-esteem than you might realize, … Read more

An extended hand full of prescription drugs (fentanyl)

The insidious danger of fentanyl: facts to help you protect yourself, your friends, and your family

By Veronica Cartagena | August 31, 2022

As we enter September and National Recovery Month, we at The Bougainvilla House pause to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st. Many wear purple … Read more

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Body Positivity – A Guide to Embracing Yourself!

By Veronica Cartagena | August 2, 2022

These days, we can’t get away from images of “happy beautiful people” who populate our digital world. Just check out all the carefully curated posts … Read more

Communication, Comfort, Caring: Age-appropriate conversations about school shootings

By Veronica Cartagena | June 16, 2022

Our screens are full of horrifying images and accounts of the recent massacre of children in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25, and of other shootings … Read more

The Myth of the “Strong, Silent Type” – Understanding Male Depression

By Veronica Cartagena | June 3, 2022

In an episode of The Sopranos, crime boss Tony Soprano describes American actor Gary Cooper as the epitome of the ‘strong, silent type’. During the … Read more

De-stress tips that work for students during finals week

By Veronica Cartagena | May 3, 2022

End of school year + final tests = Stress  As the end of the school year approaches many students are experiencing more stress, not less.  … Read more

ADHD & Productivity – How to Get Things Done

By Veronica Cartagena | April 4, 2022

ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is often the subject of jokes, quips, and casual excuses, but living with the real thing is no joke at all.  … Read more