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When A School’s Online Eavesdropping Can Prevent A Suicide
NPR – 12.23.16
The article highlights the use of software, GoGuardian, that helps schools create a list of off-limit websites and tracks students’ browsing and searchers. Through this software, schools are now alerted of incidents where youth search for “suicide and several related terms” and can intervene based off the information. Elana Zeide, a research fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute and an expert on student privacy data, raises concerns about this growing trend of monitoring students, raising the question: “Are we conditioning children to accept constant monitoring as the normal state of affairs in everyday life?” This conversation about student safety and monitoring versus invasion of privacy may become more common due to the increase in devices provided to students. According to a recent report, in 2015 K-12 districts across the United States purchased 10.5 million devices like laptops and tablets, a 17.5% increase over the previous year.
Kids And Mental Health: CHOC Builds the County’s First Inpatient Facility for Youths Ages 3 to 18
Los Angeles Times – 12.22.16
According to research from the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), nearly one in five young people across the United States will have a diagnosable mental health condition by the age of 14. In Orange County, of the 20% of youths reporting need for mental health services, less than a third receive that support. Dr. Heather Huszti, chief psychologist at CHOC, notes that in 2014, out of 1,805 kids and adolescents from Orange County experiencing mental illness, only 824 were hospitalized for treatment in their home region. The rest had to travel out of county to receive care. In early 2015, CHOC announced plans for a program-heavy mental health initiative to address the lack of inpatient beds for youth by constructing an inpatient psychiatric center for children 3 to 18 years old. The initiative’s goal is to screen children and intervene as soon as they arrive to the emergency department, as well as educate parents, pediatricians and others to identify signs of mental illness, avoid crisis, and continue providing support after hospitalization.
Stanford Children’s Health to Launch New ‘Critical’ Youth Mental Health Services
Palo Alto Online – 12.20.16
The article highlights the efforts of Stanford Children’s Health in 2017 to address youth mental health. Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital seek to provide a comprehensive safety net for young people and their families who often struggle to access much needed support in times of crisis. This includes bringing a team of Stanford child-adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatry fellows, to a local adolescent inpatient hospital unit. Antonio Hardan has been involved in this aspect of the initiative notes that “inpatient stay is usually short…but our goal by having all this manpower is to optimize the stay and prevent future re-hospitalization or worsening of the underlying psychiatric condition.” In the second half of 2017, Stanford plans to launch a six-month intensive after-school program for suicidal or para-suicidal teenagers.
What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity
Health Affairs – 12.22.16
U.S. Parents Accept Children’s Transgender Identity By Age Three
Reuters – 12.22.16
Figuring Out How to Better Help Mentally Ill Before They Land in Jail
The Sacramento Bee – 12.22.16
Theater Troupe Tells Painful Stories To Get Teens Talking About Addiction
WBUR – 12.22.16
Knowing Someone Who Faced Discrimination May Affect Blood Pressure
NPR – 12.21.16
Fresno County Health, Education Leaders Meet to Fight Teen Suicide
The Fresno Bee – 12.21.16
High Rates of Medical Student Depression: What Do They Say About Our Health System?
San Francisco Chronicle – 12.19.16
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