Picture of a family. Daughter is in front, holding box with her belongings. Mom's on the left, holding a pillow, and dad's on the left, holding a box.

Navigating Changing Family Dynamics as Your Teen Goes to College

By Veronica Cartagena | September 12, 2023

You did it. You just dropped off your baby at college, and now you’re on what seems like the longest ride back home. Gone are … Read more

Supporting Your Teen Through Mental Health Issues: Anxiety, Depression, and Emotional Regulation Skills

By Veronica Cartagena | June 26, 2023

Have you ever wished you had a magic wand to banish anxiety and depression from your teenager’s life? Every day, your teen could be dealing … Read more

Girl sitting on the floor with hands on her chin with low self-esteem.

Conquering low self-esteem: How to boost a fragile sense of self-worth

By Veronica Cartagena | March 31, 2023

Would you say an emphatic “Yes!” to the questions “Do I like myself? Am I a person of worth?”   If you can’t say ‘yes’ with … Read more

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