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Resources To Help Families Cope After a Mass Shooting

The federal government's Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs recently compiled a list of resources to help children, families, educators and community members cope after mass shootings. 

How the Pandemic Has Changed Dating for Emerging Adults

Online dating platforms over the past decade have transformed how emerging adults pursue and initiate intimate relationships, and during the pandemic’s quarantine, they became a primary means of connection for emerging adults.

Tips for Graduates Transitioning to a New Life Stage

Graduation can be an exciting time that can also be fraught with stress. It involves saying goodbye to a familiar way of life, friends you’ve built strong bonds with and a place that’s felt like home.

We Celebrate Gay Pride

The Family Institute at Northwestern University joins in this month’s celebration of Gay Pride. We unequivocally support and honor the dignity and equality of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as people with differences in sex development and others under the umbrella of sexual and gender minorities.  

Support Following Another Deadly School Shooting

Our hearts are once again broken as we grapple with the senseless and deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas yesterday. With 19 children and two teachers losing their lives to gun violence, no words feel adequate to express what we feel. This shooting comes on the heels of the racially motivated mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo New York and adds to a devasting toll - 212 mass shootings since the beginning of 2022 - several of which have occurred just within the…

From Prom Dreams to Covid Extremes: The Pandemic’s Short-Term Effects on Teens

Covid-19 took all of us by storm two years ago. Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty quickly found its way into every corner of our society. Millions of people across ages, races, genders, locations and socioeconomic statuses felt the emotional, mental and social tolls. As a result, each of us has our own unique “Covid chapter.” And many of us are still writing these chapters. We will continue to look back on them as time passes, and we will keep healing and move forward.

Is Your Child Struggling with Mental Health After the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Nobody escapes mental health issues because of their age. By nature, humans are social creatures. We need each other. But children need each other even more to conquer cognitive and emotional milestones. They need one another to learn social cues, expressions, fair play and empathy. They need one another to explore boundaries and self-expression, creative play, and the ability to work as a team. Unfortunately, the pandemic stripped away so much of this, detrimentally…