Archive | September, 2018

Students Need Mental Health Services Now More Than Ever

24 Sep


College students and youth across the country are experiencing record rates of anxiety and depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide stands as the second leading cause of death amongst young people between 10 and 24 years old. Just three years ago in 2015, the suicide rate amongst teenagers reached a 40-year high. And unfortunately, only 20 percent of children with diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral issues receive treatment leaving millions of teens and young adults without.

These numbers are devastating. Why are young people across the country suffering from mental illness at such alarming rates? For many school-age youth who go on to college or move to different states for school the transition can be quite difficult, sometimes it may feel unbearable.

Between the increased workload, navigating a brand-new community, possibly living on their own for the first time and trying to find your own identity as a growing young adult, students are exposed to constant pressure. This pressure can generate from peers, parents, or even themselves.

As a result of increased pressures, there is a rising amount of college students who are actively seeking treatment at counseling centers on campus. However, options for mental health treatment and therapy on many campuses are severely lacking. Approximately only 13 percent of colleges offer full-time, in-house mental health services.

The poor availability of mental health services on campus may sometimes be due to a lack of available therapists, and sometimes it’s simply not a priority for the university. This leaves students often waiting weeks just for an initial consultation with a therapist. Unfortunately for those students, depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health conditions do not wait until the next available slot for a consultation.

If we take a look at Florida, only 10 out of the 12 state schools meet the recommended one therapist per 1,000 students. Imagine one therapist tasked with supporting 1,000 students. The ratio is absurd and some would say unethical. However, Florida actually represents what is considered the norm across the country. Our students and our young people deserve better.

More and more parents and prospective college students are taking into consideration what mental health services are available before they even apply. In fact, about 28 percent of students and parents researching colleges are doing so.

However, even off campus there is a national shortage of therapists across America. It’s not only the youth who are being impacted, it’s the entire country. This is why mental health apps like LARKR provide a convenient alternative and solution.


Unlike traditional therapy or text-based apps, LARKR uses a video-based platform that connects users to a highly vetted and licensed professional therapist in real-time. Students don’t have to wait to go back home for the holidays to see their therapist, or wait until the semester starts to go back to the therapist they connected with on campus. With mobile therapy, students can have consistent quality mental health services in their back pocket.

For anyone who is currently in college or has a child in college, you are aware that most colleges already have mobile apps so that students can check their grades, look at the cafeteria menu, get important weather alerts and many other things. Why not integrate mental health services into the app as well?

Students across the country have already begun to take the first step in actively seeking mental health treatment. Now, colleges should be actively seeking more solutions so that they can meet the growing demand for more students to have better peace of mind.

LARKR’s video-based mental therapy app is working to improve mental health care for students and the continuity of their care whether they are on campus, at Spring Break, or back home for the holidays.  Founded by husband and wife duo Shawn Kernes (former CTO of StubHub) and Christianne Kernes (licensed therapist), together they are working to transform how people across the country gain access to quality mental health care.

Staying Fit and Living Trendy – Here Are Some Tricks

6 Sep
Photo by Matthew LeJune on Unsplash

In today’s world, one of the most difficult things is to be healthy and fit. With so many people working very long hours, often sitting at a desk for hours each day, and running personal errands every day, it’s not easy to keep your body and mind in the perfect condition. Still, it’s not impossible either.

Not only can everyone do something to improve their health, but we can also do it in a way that reflects modern trends when it comes to exercising and nutrition. Here are just some of the most popular tips that will help you boost your health and fitness.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

One of the hot tips is to include these sessions in your daily routine. Namely, you should engage in short bursts of activity, after which you’ll allow yourself a short period of rest or recovery. Such activities should not be performed over a period longer than 30 minutes, but the optimal regime should be established in consultations with your doctor and fitness expert.

HIIT activities help you burn more fat and put more oxygen into the body and they don’t require a lot of your time, which means you can do them every day. Whether you opt for bursts of running and jogging or working out in the gym is a matter of personal preference and recommendations, but one thing is for sure – it’s good for you.

Improving strength

Another popular option offered by probably every health club in the world is strength training or resistance training. You can choose to simply improve your overall strength or as the foundation for engaging in some other exercise format or sport. Since such activities require a certain muscular form, strength training is absolutely necessary.

One more benefit is that you lose body weight while toning up loose muscles. That’s why it comes as no surprise that those who lead a sedentary life are finding these exercises to be of great help. Again, you must not take up such activities without prior consultations with your doctor or fitness expert and you should always go through a proper warm-up session in order to avoid injuries.

Bodyweight training

The trendiest activity is probably bodyweight training, especially the kind that doesn’t require costly fitness equipment. Basically, it’s all about getting back to the basics, i.e. doing push-ups, pull-ups, tricep dips, sit-ups and full body roll-ups. The thing about bodyweight training is that people who can’t afford to go to the gym or are not keen or running can also improve their health and fitness levels.

Being active

If you can’t enjoy the benefits of exercising as such, you still have a chance to boost your fitness by changing some habits and routines. For example, avoid using the elevator whenever possible and use the stairs. Also, instead of using a car to get to a place that is walkable from where you live or work, put on some comfortable clothes, such as these women’s jeans for everyday activities, and walk. Try to introduce cycling if you already haven’t done that, since that’s one of the best fitness activities.


People are now more concerned about the food they eat than ever. They want to know how their food is made and where it comes from. Also, the idea is to spend as little time as possible preparing meals yet make the most of it. So, if you want to stay healthy and trendy at the same time, make sure you opt for organic, preferably locally-sourced food.

These are just some tips that should help you stay fit, but as you can see it is a relatively complex process, which involves several different aspects, all equally important. The most important thing, however, is to believe that you deserve a healthy lifestyle and that any major changes to your routine can only be introduced following consultations with medical and fitness experts.

by Georgia Selih, fashion consultant and author at


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