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Here’s How Schools Can Support Students’ Mental Health
NPR – 9.20.16
Schools often lack the staff, resources, and training required to adequately support the mental health needs of their students. Even when schools do have the resources and staffing they need, figuring out who should do what can be challenging. The article highlights a promising mental health service model that can help schools address this issue. Known as a “multi-tiered system of supports,” the model is described as an upside-down pyramid that begins with support for all kids and ends with more specialized support. The first tier includes creating a school environment where mental health is not stigmatized. The next tier focuses on supporting kids who have been identified as having mental health concerns. These students are sent to the school counselor, who learns more about the child’s experiences from both the child and their guardians, and then develops a plan to support the student. If the child has more intensive needs, the final tier consists of connecting them to the school psychologist.
More Child Suicides Are Linked to A.D.D. Than Depression, Study Suggests
The New York Times – 9.19.16
A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, seeks to better understand the risk factors of suicide for young children. The study compared the deaths of 87 children, aged 5 to 11, and 606 adolescents, aged 12 to 14, who committed suicide. Researchers found that nearly a third of the children in each group had a known mental health condition, and that attention deficit disorder (A.D.D.) was the most common mental health diagnosis for children under 12. By contrast, nearly two-thirds of the youth aged 12 to 14 struggled with depression. Dr. Jeffrey Bridge, the study’s senior author, notes that the research does not definitively establish that A.D.D. or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.) are causal risk factors for suicide in children. The research does reinforce the importance of having a conversation with a child who may be experiencing suicidal ideation. Nearly 30% of the almost 700 children studied had shared their suicidal intentions with someone. Dr. David Miller, president of the American Association of Suicidology, shares that “often kids don’t necessarily disclose that they are suicidal…
In Mental Health Care, Are We Treating the Symptom But Not the Cause?
New America Media – 9.16.16
The article explores the unique challenges youth in the foster care system, juvenile justice system, and those experiencing homelessness, face in accessing adequate mental health services. Rob Gitin, co-founder and executive director of At The Crossroads, an outreach organization that supports unstably housed young people in San Francisco, suggests that “the biggest deficit in our clients’ lives is a lack of two things — it’s a lack of community and it’s a lack of self-esteem.” Margot Giney, the founding executive director of Youth Treatment and Education Center in San Francisco, explains that all young people essentially need the same things: the support of family, the opportunities that accompany education, and the safety of a stable home. However, as youth in the article highlight, the mental health system often doesn’t adequately address these needs.
Good Health Starts With Smart Screening
The Chronicle of Social Change – 9.22.16
Michelle Obama Is Not Here For Your Mental Health Stigma
The Huffington Post – 9.20.16
The Women’s Health Issue No One Talks About
California Healthline – 9.19.16
Trauma-Informed School Discipline and Preventing Sexual Assault
The Huffington Post – 9.19.16
The TV Cure
The New York Times – 9.19.16
I Wanted To Live With My Uncle. I Was Sent To a Group Home Instead.
The Washington Post – 9.19.16
Why Do Suicidal Patients Wait Hours for a Hospital Bed?
PBS Newshour – 9.18.16
Scuba, Parrots, Yoga: Veterans Embrace Alternative Therapies for PTSD
The New York Times – 9.17.16
Quarterbacking From the Bench: LSU-fan Judges Increase Sentences When Tigers Lose, Study Shows
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – 9.14.16
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