Mental Health: Adolescents in Danger

Here are some facts:

  • 1/2 of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14, but most go undetected and untreated.
  • 1 in 5 adults experience mental health issues
  • 40 % of adults and 22% of children receive treatment for mental health issues
  • Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015.

Moral of the Story:  Mental Health needs to be addressed in our youth.  Parents need to look for the signs and not pass it off as an ‘adolescent stage’.  To learn more about mental health visit the World Health Organization website.

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Here is a list of signs to watch for.

For a full list click here

In Adults, Young Adults and Adolescents:

Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
Feelings of extreme highs and lows
Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
Social withdrawal
Strong feelings of anger
Suicidal thoughts

In Older Children and Pre-Adolescents:

Substance use
Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
Defiance of authority, truancy, theft, and/or vandalism
Intense fear
Prolonged negative mood, often accompanied by poor appetite or thoughts of death
Frequent outbursts of anger

In Younger Children:

Changes in school performance
Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
Persistent nightmares
Persistent disobedience or aggression

Daily Observances Around the World

Arbor Day (Poland)
Capital Liberation Day (Vietnam)
Double Ten Day (Taiwan) (I had to look this one up.  This is the national day of the Republic of China commemorating the start of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911 which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the ROC in 1912.)
Fiji Day (Fiji)
Finnish Literature Day (Finland)
Independence Day (Cuba)
Party Foundation Day (North Korea) (This is the day when  Kim Il Sung created the Northern Section of the Communist Party of Korea (also known as the Workers’ Party of Korea)  To find out more click here)

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Other Observances

Emergency Nurses Day
Hug a Drummer Day (I found this video and it made me smile.  This little boy has a bright future ahead of him.)

International Stage Management Day
International Top Spinning Day
International Walk to School Day
National Angel Food Cake Day
National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day (Yes please!!!!  Oh wait.  I work in a hospital.  Never mind.  My teddy can stay at home where it is germ-free.)
National Cake Decorating Day
National Handbag Day
National Love Your Hair Day (Did you know that you can condition your hair with mayonnaise?  Yep! It’s true.  Find home remedies to common hair issues at stylecraze)
National Metric Day
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
National SHIFT10 Day
National Stop Bullying Day

National Tuxedo Day
Powers of Ten Day
Squid and Cuttlefish Day
Stop America’s Violence Everywhere Today
U.S. Naval Academy Day (I looked up some information about the USNA and found a what a typical day looks like at the academy.  It takes a very disciplined person to keep up with this Academy’s demands.)

Daily Schedule

[Courtesy of USNA]

A typical weekday schedule looks something like this:

5:30 a.m. Arise for personal fitness workout (optional)
6:30 a.m. Reveille (all hands out of bed)
6:30 – 7:00 a.m. Special instruction period for plebes
7:00 a.m. Morning meal formation
7:15 a.m. Morning meal
7:55 – 11:45 a.m. Four class periods, 50 minutes each
12:05 p.m. Noon meal formation
12:10 p.m. Noon meal
12:50 – 1:20 p.m. Company training time
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Fifth and sixth class periods
3:45 – 6:00 p.m. Varsity and intramural athletics, extracurricular and personal activities; drill and parades twice weekly in the fall and spring
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Evening Meal
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Study period
Midnight Taps for all midshipmen

World Homeless Day
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
World Mental Health Day
World Porridge Day

Halloween Pumpkin Punch

[Couresy of honestlyyum]

For the punch

750 ml bottle of spiced rum
1 cup orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup spiced syrup
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 1/2 cups sparkling water
cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
dry ice (for decorating, optional)
large pumpkin or punch bowl

For the spiced syrup

1/2 cup demerara sugar
1/2 cup water
6 whole cloves
6 allspice berries
1 cinnamon stick (broken into pieces)
1 star anise pod
6 white peppercorns
1/2 nutmeg (cracked)

For the spiced syrup

Add the spices to a small saucepan over medium heat. Shake the spices back and forth so that they do not burn.
As soon as the spices become toasty and aromatic add the water and sugar. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer and turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat, and strain through a fine mesh strainer.
cool to room temperature before using.

For the punch

In a large bowl, add the spiced rum, orange juice, lemon juice, spiced syrup and pumpkin puree. Stir to combine. Once combined, pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pitcher and chill until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, place a large bowl into your hollowed pumpkin. Be sure your bowl is safe to handle dry ice. I used a metal bowl. Next, use tongs to fill the bottom of the bowl with dry ice, and cover with a slightly smaller bowl. This bowl will hold your punch. Again, make sure both bowls are safe for dry ice. Certain materials will shatter when exposed to dry ice.

Pour the mixture into the punchbowl. Add the sparkling water and stir to combine.
Now for the fun part. Carefully pour hot water into the bottom bowl so that it contacts the dry ice, thus activating the vapors.

Guests can ladle the punch into their glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Remember to give it a stir as you serve, as the ingredients will naturally separate over time.

The length of time the smoky effect will last depends on how much dry ice you use, how hot the water is, and consequently how quickly the ice melts. To keep the effect going you will need to replenish the dry ice as it melts.

For other great cocktail recipes, head over to the good housekeeping website.  If you have a recipe of your own, share it in the comments below.  I’m always looking for new ways to mix it up in the kitchen.

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42132018_1993653480698198_5846043139508273152_nAbout Cynthia Brandel

Other than being an awesome mom and a devoted wife, Cynthia is an avid explorer traveling through the galaxy of her mind meeting new and interesting people along the way.  Her destination is unknown, but the fun is in the journey.

Cynthia’s first exploration took her to the world of Sanctoria, a place full of magic and mystery.  After falling in love and leading an army to war, Cynthia left Sanctoria and continued on her journey.

Currently, Cynthia resides in one of the Revenant cities on Earth.  What mysteries will the city hold and where will Cynthia end up?  Who knows?  But you can guarantee that Cynthia will tell us all about it in The Curse of Judas (Book 1 of the Revenant City Series).  Check out a preview of the first two chapters for free.




Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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