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One in seven kids in the U.S. between the ages of two and eight suffer from a mental, behavioral, or developmental concern, according to a new report published by The Center for Disease Control (CDC). Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, noting speech and language problems, learning challenges, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and more. The report determined that children with mental, behavioral, or developmental needs were less likely than others to have access to family-oriented, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective medical care. Researchers also found that parental mental health needs and a lack of child-care were associated with increased mental health needs in young children. Dr. Eugene Grudnikoff, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, N.Y., expressed how important it is for communities and legislators to consider the recommendations of the report to invest in “effective collaboration among governmental, private and other agencies responsible for providing services for children.”
Proposed Initiative Aims to Reduce Suicides in Stanislaus County
The Modesto Bee – 3.14.16
To address the 27% spike in suicides over a five-year period, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is reviewing a three-year prevention initiative at its upcoming Tuesday meeting. The county’s suicide rate of 11 per 100,000 population is higher than the statewide rate of 10.2 per 100,000. According to a report prepared for the Board’s meeting, only one-fourth of the 231 people who committed suicide in Stanislaus County, between 2010 and 2014, were treated by private practitioners or county mental health providers. The article highlights the efforts of the County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services as they seek to coordinate the efforts of various groups already addressing suicide prevention, including government agencies, community-based organizations, nonprofit foundations and schools. If the Board of Supervisors approves the program, the county would spend around $628,000 on the prevention initiative, which could include health care providers, veterans, the faith community, schools, neighborhoods and families affected by suicide.
What Everyone Should Know About Men And Depression
The Washington Post – 3.11.16
According to a study published this month in General Hospital Psychiatry, some men struggling with clinical depression are less likely to seek professional help if they have solid social support. Alternatively, women in the study, regardless of how much social support they had, more or less sought out professional mental health services at similar rates. Alan Teo, the study’s author, notes that “social support is, generally speaking, a good thing. In many ways, it buffers against depression in the first place…what’s suggested in this study is there might be areas where social support inadvertently works against treatment for those who have clinical depression.” The study, which analyzed data from 1,379 adults with symptoms of depression, also found that men with adequate social support were more likely to see primary-care doctors than men without good social support. Teo suggests that primary-care physicians have “a big window of opportunity to reach many of these folks who have untreated depression.” With this research in mind, he also highlights that “one of the best ways to support your family or friend with depression is to encourage seeking out a mental health care professional.”
The Prevalence of Behavioral Health Disorders, a Need to Reinstill Tolerance
Children And The Law Blog – 3.17.16
This Is How You End the Foster Care to Prison Pipeline
NationSwell – 3.16.16
An Estimated 23,000 California Youth Are Newly Eligible for Critical Mental Health Care
The Chronicle for Social Change – 3.16.16
When I Wanted to End My Life, a Friend Left Me Exactly the Message I Needed
The Mighty – 3.16.16
What Children’s Brains Tell Us About Trauma: Invest Early
The Chronicle for Social Change – 3.9.16
I’ve Been Homeless 3 Times. The Problem Isn’t Drugs Or Mental Illness — It’s Poverty.
Vox – 3.8.16
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