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Suicide Survivors Urge Open Conversations, Awareness Around Mental Health
Palo Alto Online – 11.17.16
On Wednesday, Children’s Health Council (CHC), a Palo Alto-based nonprofit, hosted a panel of five women whose lives have been affected by suicide. Each panelist shared their story, with a common hope to educate others and inspire conversation about this often difficult topic. Taylor Chiu, a Palo Alto High School graduate who attempted suicide while attending high school shared that, despite her good grades and bright future, “nobody knew…I hid it very well, probably because of stigma and shame — or, definitely…because of stigma and shame.” The need for schools to be more involved and increase mental health education was also highlighted by panelist Kathleen Blanchard, a Palo Alto resident whose some completed suicide as a Gunn High School student. This panel is the first of a series of panels aiming to “eliminate gaps in teen mental health care, build community voice and accountability, and increase access to teen mental health resources throughout the Bay Area’s peninsula.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than three million young people between the ages of 12 and 17 reported at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year, and more than two million reported severe depression that hindered their daily functioning. The journal Pediatrics released a study of national trends in depression among adolescents and young adults, which found that, between 2005 and 2014, the prevalence of teens who reported an MDE in the previous 12 months increased by 37%. While this number has grown in the past years, there has not been a corresponding increase in mental health treatment for this population. Researchers suggest that this is an indication that there is a growing number of under-treated or untreated youths. Authors of the teen depression trends study conclude that these findings call “for renewed outreach efforts, especially in school and college health and counseling services and pediatric practices where many of the untreated adolescents and young adults with depression may be detected and managed.”
Some Kids Scared to Leave Class As Tears, Bullying Follow Trump’s Election
The Sacramento Bee – 11.11.16
A week after Donald Trump was elected president of the U.S., teachers in schools across the nation have been tasked with assuaging the fear of students from immigrant and minority families who are concerned they will be deported or bullied. They also have had to address the increase in racist sentiment from students emboldened by the election. According to a survey conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the election has caused anxiety for students across the country. Two-thirds of teachers who completed the survey disclosed that Muslim children, children of immigrants and immigrants fear what will happen to their families after the election. Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, suggests that the best thing teachers can do is to listen to students who are fearful and try to reassure them. Ferlazzo also encouraged students to talk to one another about their concerns noting, “you have a lot of frightened kids out there…These are kids that fled wars, who were finally feeling safe, and now they are feeling fearful again.”
Is Juvenile Justice Beyond Repair?
The Atlantic – 11.17.16
Nadine Burke Harris Carries Message about Child Trauma to White House and Back
The Chronicle of Social Change – 11.17.16
Built-In Racial Barriers for Mental Health Treatment
The Hill – 11.17.16
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