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Yoga Helps At-risk Girls Cope with Trauma, Georgetown Law Report Finds
PR Web – 4.25.17
On Tuesday, Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality released a report calling for trauma-informed and gender-responsive yoga programs for girls in the juvenile justice system. Researchers found that these tailored yoga and mindfulness programs can have positive effects when addressing childhood trauma. Lead author, Rebecca Epstein, expands on this and says that “girls in the juvenile justice system deserve support in healing and overcoming the devastating effects of childhood trauma that so many of them have experienced…trauma-informed yoga is a powerful tool to help girls build a brighter future.” Among the findings, participants showed declines in depression and anxiety, as well as greater levels of self-esteem.
Rate Of Suicide Among Female Veterans Climbs, VA Says
NPR – 4.25.17
The rate of completed suicides among female veterans is between two and five times higher than that of civilian women, and has grown drastically over the past decade. The article highlights the work of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Crisis Line. Letrice Titus, a volunteer on the line, notes that women call with similar issues as men, including post-traumatic stress disorder, financial insecurities, loneliness and depression. However, unique barriers are also presented to female veterans. Titus suggests that many VA clinic are not as inviting for women and that they can find themselves as the only females in a group therapy session, which can be challenging for women who survived rape in the military.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller threatened to fine California prison officials for delayed treatment for those with serious mental health needs. In 2009, state officials agreed that any prisoner with “a life-threatening psychiatric crisis” would receive services within 24 hours, and inmates with severe mental illnesses would get care within 30 days. According to a KQED analysis, in February, almost 25% of the 671 men and women eligible for acute care had to wait more than 24 hours. Mueller is giving CA prisons until May 15 to comply with her order to eliminate waitlists. Beginning May 16, state prisons could have to pay a $1,000 a day fine for each inmate that has to wait for treatment.
Data Update: Children’s Behavioral Health Care Use in Medicaid
Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. – 4.26.17
Overcoming Opioids: Special Schools Help Teens Stay Clean
AP News – 4.25.17
Homeless Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Kids Face Serious Risks Without State Protections
Fusion – 4.24.17
Silicon Valley Teens: Less Sex, Drugs and Violence, But Bored in School
The Mercury News – 4.24.17
Nearly One Third of Teen Girls Have Survived Sexual Violence
Inquisitr – 4.23.17
US Students More Anxious Than Global Average in Survey
The Columbus Dispatch – 4.21.17
‘13 Reasons Why’ Promised To Raise Awareness About Teen Mental Health. That Backfired.
The Huffington Post – 4.21.17
Post-Election, Doctors See Kids Suffering Trump-Related Anxiety
KQED – 4.19.17
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