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Nearly 10% of children and adolescents in the United States experience a serious emotional disturbance (SED) that affects their ability to function at home, in school, or in their communities. Yet, only about half of these youth in need of behavioral and emotional services receive care. One approach to addressing the needs of these young people are systems of care — a collaborative approach to providing behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and their families. In honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, SAMHSA released a report that examines the positive impact of community-based systems of care for young people with SED. The report finds a 43% reduction of suicidal thoughts and a 4% reduction in suicide attempts among children and adolescents with SED who received system of care services and supports. SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator, Kana Enomoto, highlights the importance of these findings by noting “the report demonstrates that systems of care can change lives…Through the combined efforts of child-serving organizations, children, adolescents, and young adults with serious emotional disturbances can improve their health, thrive, and reach their full potential.”
NM Youths ‘Off The Chart’ For Early Trauma
Albuquerque Journal – 5.1.16
A study published in February 2016 for the New Mexico Sentencing Commission evaluated 220 juvenile justice involved youth incarcerated in 2011 and their exposure to traumatic events in early childhood. Many of the young participants had experienced neglect, abandonment, beatings or rape, and were exposed to family violence, mental illness, drug abuse and more. Researchers used nine childhood events proven to have long-term effects as a measure for the study. Findings showed that 75% of male and 86% female participants were exposed to five or more adverse childhood events. Yael Zakia Cannon, one of the study’s authors and a law professor, suggests “that level of trauma puts those youth off the charts nationally in terms of the research.” The patterns of early childhood abuse and neglect represented in the findings are seven times higher than similar teens in other national studies. Dr. George Davis, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with the state Department of Children, Youth and Family Services Juvenile Justice System, says “our real hope is that we can use
A Potent Side Effect to the Flint Water Crisis: Mental Health Problems
The New York Times – 4.30.16
Health care workers are struggling to support residents of Flint, Michigan with the long term mental health consequences of the water contamination crisis, including profound stress, worry, depression, and guilt. With a $500,000 emergency grant from the state, the Flint Community Resilience Group — started by the Genesee Health System to focus on long-term psychological consequences of the crisis — is offering free crisis counseling, and has held two community meetings on stress management. Diane Breckenridge, Genesee Health’s liaison to local hospitals, said she had seen “people come into the hospitals directly related to breakdowns, nervous breakdowns, if you will…Most of it’s been depression or suicidal ideation directly linked to what’s going on with their children. They just feel like they can’t even let their children take a bath.” However, even with growing access to mental health supports, convincing residents to seek care continues to be a challenge. The Rev. Rigel J. Dawson, pastor of the North Central Church of Christ and a member of the Flint Community Resilience Group, said his focus is on persuading religious-minded residents of the majority-black city to pursue psychological help if they need it. The article shares the stories of five Flint residents who recently shared their accounts of the psychological impact of the crisis.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Prince Harry ‘Joining Forces’ for Invictus Games
Yahoo News – 5.9.16
18 Mothers With Mental Illness Share What Mother’s Day Means to Them
The Mighty – 5.8.16
Why Sharing Secrets Is A Powerful Tool in Defeating Stigma of Mental Illness
The State – 5.5.16
Celebrating Mental Health Throughout The Month of May
Communities Digital News – 5.3.16
Factors That Help Children Thrive in The Face of Adversity
Science Daily – 4.30.16
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