Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence affects millions of teens in the U.S. each year.

Youth who are victims of TDV are more likely to:

  1. Experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
  2. Engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
  3. Exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying or hitting
  4. Think about suicide

During Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, let’s look at how can we stop teen dating violence before it starts:

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Did you know that people with thyroid disorders often have emotional or mental health symptoms as well as physical symptoms?

Learn More: Psychological symptoms and thyroid disorders

Positive Ways to Manage Your Mental Health during COVID-19 and the Holidays

We understand that the holidays can be more than just stressful. Here are some Positive Ways to Manage Your Mental Health during COVID-19 and the Holidays.

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Tips for Mental Wellness during Thanksgiving

Read the article: A Harvest of Reflections for Thanksgiving: What a world of traditions can teach us about wellness

The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide

Download the PDF:
The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools

For more information, visit cdc.gov/violenceprevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Brian Jordan partners with Ridgeview Institute Smyrna’s The Center for Excellence

In 2019, Brian Jordan partnered with The Center for Excellence at Ridgeview Institute Smyrna to serve as the center’s Ambassador.

As a professional athlete most known for building a multi-sport legacy, Brian Jordan is clearly a man of many talents. Sports enthusiasts have long been aware of his athletic skills, as he has been an All-Star player with the Atlanta Braves and an All-Pro selection with the Atlanta Falcons.

For almost 20 years, Jordan has helped make sports history, as a leader on both the baseball and football fields. Being a two-sport professional athlete is an uncommon occurrence in professional sports, the Baltimore native has contributed more to Atlanta than just home runs and bone-jarring tackles.

Mental health disorders can have a significant impact on daily life and overall well being, and depending on what type, may affect relationships, physical health, academic performance, etc. The Center for Excellence’s goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment to assist adolescents on the road to excellence by providing the adolescent and their family with tools to stabilize and overcome mental health and chemical dependency problems.

According to the National Institute for Mental Illness one in five children and teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a serious mental illness. Roughly 11% of teens have a mood disorder (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, etc.). Approximately 10% of teens have a behavior or conduct disorder (Oppositional Defiant Disorder). About 8% of teens have an anxiety disorder (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.)

Alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco are substances most commonly used by adolescents.1 By 12th grade, about two-thirds of students have tried alcohol.1 About half of 9th through 12th grade students reported ever having used marijuana.2 About 4 in 10 9th through 12th grade students reported having tried cigarettes.3 Among 12th graders, close to 2 in 10 reported using prescription medicine without a prescription.1

As The Center for Excellence Ambassador, Brian Jordan provides motivational talks to the center’s adolescents that empower them to handle life situations, make effective decisions and gain control over their lives. In this program, adolescents will engage in true self-discovery while learning emotional and social tools for life.



  1. Johnson LD, O’Malley PM, Bachman JG, Schulenberg JE, Miech RA. Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2013: Volume 1, Secondary school students. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2014: 32-36.
  2. The PartnershipTM at Drugfree.Org. 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study: Teens and Parents. 2013.
  3. Kann L, Kinchen S, Shanklin SL, et al. Youth risk behavior surveillance–United States, 2013. MMWR Surveillance Summaries. 2014(63): 17-20.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month


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COVID-19 and Mental Health

Covid -19 has caused a serious economic downturn and tremendous social changes impacting the mental health of all ages.  This has resulted in an overall spike in suicide.  In addition,

  • 67% of people report higher levels of stress since the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • 57% say they have greater anxiety since the outbreak.
  • 54% say they are more emotionally exhausted.
  • 53% say they feel sadness day-to-day.
  • 50% feel they are more irritable.
  • 42% report their overall mental health has declined.

With such impact on mental health it has become necessary for individuals to seek support for themselves and others.  We are here for you 24-7.  Making one phone call is all it takes to get the support needed.  Call Ridgeview Institute at 1-844-350-8800 now.

What are we doing to combat COVID-19?

Mental health and addiction treatment should not be delayed, and we are taking every precaution possible while continuing to offer needed treatment in a safe way to you or a loved one.

Ridgeview Institute is following CDC guidelines, as well as that of state and local public health departments.

Every patient, family member, and visitor who comes to our facilities is screened for COVID-19 with a Symptom Questionnaire and by having their temperature taken.  This ensures that people with symptoms of COVID-19 are recognized promptly and actions are taken to guarantee that illness is not introduced or spread.

Staff and patients are monitored daily for COVID-19 symptoms and are screened with a temperature check as well as the Symptom Questionnaire and are asked to stay home if they are feeling ill.  Mask wearing, hand hygiene, social distancing, and environmental deep cleaning continues to be top priorities for us and occurs on a regular basis 7 days a week.

How does this impact patients?

We are committed to high quality, compassionate care, and that will not change.  We remain available 24/7 to screen and accept patients into all our inpatient and outpatient programs.

What You Can Do to Prevent Virus Spread

  1. Notify staff if you have a fever or are feeling sick.  The hospital may ask you to stay home.
  2. Notify staff if you have reason to believe you have been in contact with an infected person.
  3. Wash your hands often with either soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  4. Routinely disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home (doorknobs, light switches, countertops).
  5. Follow social distancing guidelines.
  6. Wear a mask.

Additional Resources

How to Make Healthy, Attainable New Year’s Resolutions During COVID-19

One-fifth of Covid-19 patients get a psychiatric diagnosis within 90 days, study suggests

How to maintain emotional wellness during COVID-19

A ‘second wave’ of mental health devastation due to COVID-19 is imminent, experts say