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The Importance of Positive Self Talk

Natalie Dainesi – UpStreet Intern
February 19, 2021

It is very easy to find ourselves stuck in a pattern of negative self talk. Some examples of this include, “I’m ugly,” “I’m not good enough,” or “There is no way it is going to work.” Statements like these can be detrimental to our mental health and well-being, not to mention self-esteem.

When we begin to focus on all the “bad” or unpleasant things in life, our mindset begins to change. We soon find ourselves developing a pessimistic outlook on numerous aspects of our lives. Changing our thinking begins with curbing our negative thoughts and implementing positive self talk into our everyday lives.

Here are some healthy suggestions for encouraging positive self-talk during certain situations:

 

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Congrats to UpStreet Pittsburgh Youth Advisory Board member Abby Rickins-Marks!

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
February 12, 2021

Congrats to UpStreet Pittsburgh Youth Advisory Board member Abby Rickins-Marks, who received the NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2021 Youth Mental Health Leadership Award.

 

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How to Engage with Your Body and Body Positivity During Covid

Maddie Herrup – Youth Advisor at UpStreet
February 5, 2021

Regardless of circumstances, body positivity is hard. During this pandemic, we’ve had messages coming from all directions telling us to get in shape and get back to our pre-COVID body and lifestyle. But now more than ever, people are in need of some self-love, compassion, and love for their bodies. And it’s not easy to find ways to engage positively with your body during this pandemic.

 

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TV and Movies That Explore Mental Health!

Abby Rickin-Marks – Youth Advisor at UpStreet
January 29, 2021

During quarantine, many of us have been watching more television than we would typically. While there may be a healthy limit to the amount of binge watching you’re doing, many researchers have found that binge-watching while at home with an illness may find solace in it. And you can always use apps like Netflix Party or Disney+ Groupwatch to watch your favorite show while being social.

 

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Let’s talk motivation in 2021!

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
January 22, 2021

Last week we posted about some of the most common things people talk about on the live chat. This week, we’re going to dive a bit deeper into one of those topics.

Motivation

 

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What Are 100 People Chatting About?

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
January 15, 2021

This week we reached a milestone at UpStreet. And, just as we would encourage you to do in your own lives, we like to acknowledge and celebrate milestones of all sizes. So here goes….

We’ve reached 100! One hundred supportive conversations we’ve had through our live chat. Are you curious about what we’ve talked about 100 times? We were too. Here’s a breakdown of what we’ve been talking about.

 

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But Is It Really Free?

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
January 8, 2021

We hear this question a lot on our live chat and in conversations we have. The short answer is yes, it really is free. And that might leave you wondering, what do I actually get for free? A few things…

 

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YAB’s Tips on Dealing with Stress Around the Holidays

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
December 18, 2020

The holiday season (i.e. Thanksgiving to New Year’s) is often a mix of excitement and stress. This year might be a little heavy on the stress side. Let’s be honest, winter break from school might not be quite the same since so many have been at home for school all year anyway. So, how are other teens and young adults dealing with holiday stress this year? We asked our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and here’s what they said.

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Mindfulness for the Non-Believers

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
December 10, 2020

Raise your hand if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed right now. Are you spending a lot of time and energy thinking or worrying about school, friends, relationships, family, holidays, global pandemics, politics, racial injustice? If you’re not feeling it now, maybe you have felt overwhelmed at some point in your life, so you can still raise your hand. 

Welcome. You’ve come to the right place. 

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Holidays Can Be a Stressful Time

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
November 20, 2020

Even under normal circumstances, holidays can be a stressful time. And let’s be honest, we’re not living under normal circumstances. Your well-being is incredibly important to us here at UpStreet. So we want to equip you with some tools you can use to help you get through it all.

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Meet the Team Advisory Board, Part 2

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
November 20, 2020

We are so happy to introduce you to part 2 of the wonderful group of Youth Advisors we have assembled here at UpStreet!

The Youth Advisory Board is a team of leaders recognized for their dedication to youth leadership, youth mental wellness, diversity, anduse accesible mental health care for all.

They each bring valuable youth perspectives to UpStreet’s work.

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Meet the Team Advisory Board, Part 1

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
November 13, 2020

We are so happy to introduce you to part 1 of the wonderful group of Youth Advisors we have assembled here at UpStreet!

The Youth Advisory Board is a team of leaders recognized for their dedication to youth leadership, youth mental wellness, diversity, anduse accesible mental health care for all.

They each bring valuable youth perspectives to UpStreet’s work.

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Let’s Talk About Sleep

Erin Barr – Clinical Coordinator of UpStreet
November 6, 2020

Sleep. It’s important to get enough. You’ve heard that. Maybe you even believe that. You should believe it. It’s true. Why is getting enough 😴 important?

You’ll be in a better mood
You’ll be be more productive and focused
Your mental health will get a boost
Your immune system will be stronger

Maybe you already knew why sleep is so important but you have a hard time getting enough sleep. Here are some things you can do that might help you.

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10 Tips to Get Out of a Funk

Asha Edson – Youth Advisor
October 30, 2020

The world is throwing a lot at us right now. The weather is getting colder, days are getting shorter let’s be honest, 2020 has been a rough year. Even the happiest most positive people can find themselves in a bit of a funk every once in a while. Here is my top 10 list of things to do if you find yourself in one of these funks.

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Wait… Are Relationships Really Supposed to Be Like That?

Natalie Dainesi – UpStreet Intern
October 23, 2020

You are scrolling through Instagram, looking at the photos on your feed from over the weekend. Through the mass array of content presented to you, you notice a trend. You frequently see posts of people with their friends, boyfriends, girlfriends or partners. The posts portray two or more people smiling at a pumpkin patch, laughing while celebrating a birthday or posing in front of a scenic overlook.

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Using Art for Mental Health

Kelly Moore, Psychotherapist – Art Therapist
October 16, 2020

Art can be a helpful tool for our emotional and mental wellbeing, both as a therapeutic practice and as a type of counseling–Art Therapy. Art Therapy differs from art as a therapeutic tool, in that Art Therapy is when you seek out therapy with a trained Art Therapist, who has knowledge and experience in that field. In therapy sessions you will create art together as a way to explore emotions, feelings, develop insight, reflect within, develop insight, and other means to achieve therapeutic goals.

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