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A Flexible Approach for Improving Mental Health Care In Schools

I’ve worked with children since I was old enough to do so, either as a babysitter, tutor, mentor, or camp counselor, and have focused my psychology major on child development and mental health. The biggest takeaway from my experience with children and study of their psychological development has been the crucial role of teachers [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Wellness Starts with Our Youth: A Series on Bay Area Youth Leading Change in Mental Health

“Wellness” is a term you hear often in Silicon Valley. But what does it really mean? To some families, wellness revolves around externally gratifying accomplishments – a child is doing well if he or she is earning straight As, participating in resume-bolstering extracurricular activities, and getting into the most prestigious universities. From parents to [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|California, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

A call to advocate: Critical portions of the Affordable Care Act that help children and adolescents struggling with mental illness

The Affordable Care Act (i.e. the ACA or “Obamacare”) has provided more support and access to treatment for children struggling with mental illness than any other health care reform law since Medicaid. Most importantly, the ACA championed the advancement of mental health parity, which is an idea that treatments for mental illness should be [...]

This New Year, Please Remember the Kids Who Can’t Go Home

“He wanted to ride his bike into traffic.”  “He returned home with cuts on his neck.”  “He’s talking suicide…Please take action.”  “He turned a knife on himself when he was six.”  These words reflect the experiences of four young men who have never met, are from different towns, and have their own unique life stories.  [...]

This Is Happiness

In the positive spirit of the recent strides in youth mental health care reform across the nation (in Duluth, Palo Alto, Cayuga County, California, and Georgia), here is a post brought to you by sheer happiness. According to Buster from the show, Arthur (one of the best shows ever): “Happiness is pizza on a Friday [...]

By | October 26th, 2016|Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Young Addicts on How They Turned Their Lives Around

It’s tragic how young so many people are when they become addicted to drugs or alcohol. These substances are constantly destroying lives, but thanks to rehabilitation facilities and some smart choices, a lot of young men and women are turning their lives around before it’s too late. Blake, a young man from Michigan who found [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Love, Loss, and ‘Rising Strong’

September is Suicide Prevention Month. In my circle of work, however, every month is Suicide Prevention Month. Two years ago, during my sophomore year, I lost a peer to suicide—this was not the first death by suicide at my school, and it was unfortunately not the last. Over the past few years, suicide shaped the [...]

Student Mental Health Support Should be an Ongoing Priority for Schools

It was junior year. I was sitting in my honors chemistry class, probably joking around with some friends as the bell rang to start my first class of the day. Within a few minutes, the school was on lockdown. Someone reported seeing someone with a gun walking toward the high school. We were on lockdown [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Trauma|0 Comments

Confidentiality Shouldn’t Be a Barrier for Youth in Crisis

Emily was cheerful, fun, and popular (as social media dictated). She had a 4.6 GPA and was her high school’s valedictorian. She was accepted into her dream school and planned to go there in the fall. She was a student leader of several youth organizations and was involved in her community, working in law firms, [...]

By | August 31st, 2016|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Growing Up Is Stressful

There is a switch that turns off, sometime between the childhood and teenage years. The world, once beautiful through the juvenescent lens, becomes harrowing and disconcerting. We open our eyes to large-scale horrors like crime, poverty, and war. We also, on a more personal level, are mentally besieged by the demands of an increasingly difficult [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments