The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds’ Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven’t already, sign up to be on our email list to get the Weekly MashUp delivered to your inbox automatically, every Friday!
Facebook Hopes Artificial Intelligence Can Curb The ‘Terribly Tragic’ Trend of Suicides
The Washington Post – 3.1.17
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youth, ages 10 to 14. Mental health experts acknowledge that some youth are turning to social media as a platform for suicide attempts. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Facebook announced that the company is “updating the tools and resources we offer to people who may be thinking of suicide, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members.” Sarah Dunn, clinical director of the suicide prevention project, Grady Nia Project, suggests that young people may live stream their suicide attempt on social media in response to cyberbullying. She says that “there seems to be a link between what goes on on social media and suicides on social media…It’s often a way of getting back at the bully.” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer, notes that “as a society, we should strengthen the safety net for those who are most at risk: investing more in mental health care and support. As individuals, we can be alert for the signs in ourselves and in others and act immediately. Together, we can be there for people in distress.”
According to a new study, adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) visit the emergency room four times more often than their typically developing peers. Authors of the study suggest that this increase may be related to inadequate primary care to address behavioral and mental health needs. They also noted the stressful nature of transitioning to adolescence for youth with ASD and their caregivers, since “social and societal demands increase, physical and sexual maturity advances and parental emotional stress often peaks.” Researchers also note that youth with ASD going to the emergency room for behavioral health needs at an increasing rate, possibly demonstrating that they “appear to have difficulty accessing community-based mental health services.” The study concludes that “better access to behavioral health services designed for adolescents with ASD, such as social skills training and specialized care coordination, appears to be a critical need.”
For Black College Prospects, Belonging And Safety Often Top Ivy Prestige
NPR – 2.26.17
In their 2015 paper, Vanderbilt University professor, Ebony McGee, and University of Illinois at Chicago professor, David Stovall, found that black college students studying and living on predominantly white campuses experience “physical and mental wear-and-tear that contributes to a host of psychological and physical ailments.” McGee noted that “[they] have documented alarming occurrences of anxiety, stress, depression and thoughts of suicide, as well as a host of physical ailments like hair loss, diabetes and heart disease.” These students are also expected to demonstrate “grit,” or mental toughness and perseverance, when facing overt and covert racism. These negative experiences, as well as other societal factors, could be inspiring more black students to choose historically black colleges over Ivy Leagues. According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, almost a third of historically black colleges and universities have seen at least a 20% increase in applications over the past three years–“a spike that correlates with nationwide protests over high profile incidents like George Zimmerman’s acquittal in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death and Sandra Bland’s jail death after a controversial police traffic stop.”
Physical Restraint in Mental Health Units Is Traumatising Women All Over Again
The Guardian – 3.2.17
East Contra Costa: Low-Cost and Free Mental Health Counseling Program Expands
East Bay Times – 2.28.17
An LGBTQ Suicide-Hotline Volunteer on Speaking With Trans Youth in Trump’s America
New York Magazine – 2.28.17
Is Violence A Contagious Disease?
Boston Globe – 2.27.17
Don’t Throw Children Under the School Bus: Medicaid Is a Smart Investment in Our Nation’s Children
Real Clear Heath – 2.27.17
How Demi Lovato Is Using Her Voice To Elevate Mental Health
The Huffington Post – 2.24.17
What do you think of the Weekly MashUp?
Thank you for reading our Weekly MashUp each and every week! Our goal is to continue to expand our coverage on issues that matter to children’s mental health advocates like YOU! Do you have suggestions for how we could improve the Weekly MashUp? Please send us your feedback! We look forward to hearing from you!