Weekly MashUp: News for the Week of February 15, 2016

//Weekly MashUp: News for the Week of February 15, 2016

Weekly MashUp: News for the Week of February 15, 2016

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!

U.S. Health Officials Are Finally Paying Attention To Palo Alto School Suicides
Huffington Post – 2.17.16

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching an investigation at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California after the occurrence of two separate clusters of suicides. A spokesperson for the CDC noted that “The focus of this

[investigation] is fatal and non-fatal suicidal behaviors among youth in Santa Clara County during the years of 2008 through 2015.” Gunn High School witnessed the first “suicide cluster”–several suicides occurring in close succession–between 2009 and 2010, when five students took their lives. Most recently, the high school has experienced an “echo cluster,” or secondary cluster, between 2014 and 2015 when four more teenagers died by suicide. With 42 Gunn students hospitalized for suicidal ideation in the first part of the 2015-2016 school year alone, principal Denise Herrmann is eager to find ways to minimize stress in the students’ academic lives. Her efforts have included organizing class schedules so that students may attend fewer classes per day, and offering stress reduction techniques such as yoga and individual counseling.

Teen Health Van Delivers More Than Medical Care To Homeless Youth
NPR – 2.17.16

Doctors at Stanford University are providing much needed health and mental health services to at-risk youth through a mobile clinic called the Stanford Health Van. The van provides free medical, nutritional and mental health services, medications, and counseling, to 400 youths annually in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties. Over 40% of the patients seen at Stanford’s health van are young people experiencing homelessness. Studies show that youth facing homelessness or unstable housing situations are more likely than their peers to face chronic illness and mental health concerns, as well as traumas. Dr. Seth Ammerman, medical director of the van clinic and a clinical professor of adolescent medicine at Stanford University, reinforces that “going to the patients makes all the difference…and it’s not just a matter of convenience. It really is that these kids, because of all these access barriers — lack of insurance, lack of transportation — they’re not going to get this kind of care unless we go to them.” Kim, a young woman who received services from the teen health van underscores this importance by saying, “to have someone care for you and tell you that you can get better and do anything that you put your heart into. … I mean, there are no words for that.”

Latino Youths See Big Rise in Psychiatric Hospitalizations
The Sacramento Bee – 2.15.16

According to state data, psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino youth in California have increased dramatically and at a faster rate than among their peers. According to studies by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, hospitalization rates between 2007 and 2014 for latinos who are 21 and younger have increased 86%, to 17,813. Policymakers, Latino community leaders, and clinicians have differing explanations for these numbers–including lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services, stigma, the recent recession, low health insurance coverage, or the trauma associated with fleeing poverty and violence in Central America. Some suggest that this trend may be positive, in that it reflects a willingness among parents to seek treatment for themselves and their children. Leslie Preston, the behavioral health director of La Clínica de La Raza, believes that access to care can be even more challenging for recent immigrants from Latin America since “the families don’t know the system…they don’t know their rights.”

Other Stories

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Forum on Transition-Age Youth and Foster Care
Chronicle of Social Change – 2.18.16

Let’s Change the Conversation Around Mental Health
Huffington Post – 2.17.16

Kate Tackles Mental Health in Guest Editing Gig
U.S. News – 2.17.16

Nimmo: Progress Being Made in Children’s Mental Health
The Roanoke Times – 2.13.16

A First-Aid Class for Mental Health
The Atlantic – 2.12.16

How People Learn to Become Resilient
The New Yorker – 2.11.16

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