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According to the American Association of Pediatrics, schools function as the mental health system for up to 80% of kids in need of support. School nurses often play an integral role in identifying those students who may be struggling with mental health concerns, even though they generally receive minimal mental health training. Donna Mazyck, the executive director of the National Association of School Nurses highlights that “school nurses are the detectives in that school.” She describes them as “the eyes and ears of public health…so if a student comes back with the same symptoms every single day that week, the school nurse is going to begin to connect the dots.”
6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know
NPR – 9.2.16
The article outlines some of the most common myths about suicide, according to David Jobes, the head of Catholic University’s Suicide Prevention Lab. When it comes to suicide, Jobes notes that “people are afraid of the whole topic…It just feels like something that’s left unsaid or untouched.” For instance, one of the most common and most dangerous myths about suicide that he’s confronted is that young children don’t attempt or complete it. However, children as young as five years old complete suicide each year. Jobes also addresses the myth that young people who attempt suicide do so impulsively. He asserts that youth can often consider suicide for an extended period of time before acting on these feelings. Jobes explains “they’re going to be letting their friends know, dropping hints, writing essays that their English teacher might pick up, telling coaches.”
Researchers at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health have released a nation study that examines Medicaid coverage by state. As many as 26 states in the U.S. use Medicaid to cover many critical “mental health services for low-income young children, including screening for social-emotional concerns and mental health treatment in home, community and pediatric settings.” However, researchers found a lack of coverage for other important services by many states. For instance, only 12 states reported providing Medicaid coverage for parenting programs that address the mental health needs of their young children. Only nine states cover screening for maternal depression, which lead author Sheila Smith believes is a priority. “Young children’s behavioral health and development greatly depend on their mother’s mental health, and early support for children’s behavioral health is critical to later school success,” Smith explains.
ON BALANCE: The Courts & Child Welfare
California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership – September 2016
Why Are Police Inside Public Schools?
SF Gate – 9.6.16
Trauma Handicaps Educating Black Students
The Philadelphia Tribune – 9.6.16
California’s Healthy Kids Programs Fade As Undocumented Children Gain Access to Medi-Cal
Santa Cruz Sentinel – 9.3.16
The Chronicle of Social Change – 8.31.16
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