Smartphone technology is antithetical to contentment by design. The algorithms are driven by distraction. A distracted mind cannot be content, for it constantly seeks stimulation.
Adolescence (12-18 years old) is perhaps the most difficult transitional period in one’s lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health encourages teaching teens important mental health habits, such as coping, resilience, and judgement. New research indicates that most mental disorders follow a developmental course that begins during childhood. While around 1 in 5 adolescents has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, less than half of those diagnosed seek treatment. Friends and family are the first line of defense, and are encouraged to be vigilant for warning signs and volatile behavior. Poor mental health can have a detrimental effect on the overall health and development of adolescents, and is linked to several health and social outcomes such as higher alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances use, adolescent pregnancy, school drop out and delinquent behaviors.
It is now up to Congress to pass legislation that would grant “Dreamers” legal status. In the meantime, these youths’ dreams and aspirations are once again stalled, with another deadline and six more months of uncertainty, and thus, fear and anxiety.
The three-year grant will provide mental health screenings for students entering Waco ISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program, offer the students individualized transition plans for re-entering their home campus and provide updated training for staff and administrators districtwide.
According to the findings, teenagers aged 15 to 16 who had a close friendship rather than a larger group of friends they were less close to had a greater sense of self-worth by the time they were 25 years old.
Adolescence is a time of social challenges and changing expectations. While relationships with peers may be important for youth at this time, do they also have implications over time? A new longitudinal study suggests that the types of peer relationships youth make in high school matter for mental health through young adulthood.
Social Media, Social Responsibility: Why Online Platforms And Government Must Work Together On Young People’s Mental Health
Young people’s online engagement represents an opportunity to develop advice and support services in line with and responsive to their needs and expectations of those services.
More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds.
Henry E. And Bernice M. Moore Fellowship – “I think our society has adopted an unrealistic zero-tolerance policy about suicidality. We can diagnosis people with mental illness and prescribe them medication, but we need to examine how our culture and society are impacting mental health.”
The issue of youth suicide is at the forefront nationwide, after a teen’s girlfriend was sentenced to over a year in prison Thursday. The young woman, 20-year-old Michelle Carter, was convicted of pressuring her boyfriend through text messages to take his life three years ago.
“Our hope is that this program will shift the culture,” Stephany Bryan says, “and it will definitely shift the culture in educational settings by being able to provide campuses with opportunities for learning new and innovative ways of providing appropriate services and supports.”
Why the creators of ‘13 Reasons Why’ should pay attention to the spike in suicide-related Google searches
In May, The Washington Post reported that school administrators in Florida were witnessing more risky behaviors among their students, from self-mutilation to suicide threats. In June, People magazine told the story of a young man in Peru who took his own life, leaving behind recordings in a way that mimicked the main character in the series.
Seven Texas nonprofit entities are receiving grants from the Hogg Foundation to improve student academic achievement by supporting mental health. The grants continue the foundation’s commitment to child and adolescent mental health, its growing investment in early intervention and prevention, and its support of humane, evidence-based alternatives to punitive disciplinary practices.
Younger workers – those born since 1982 – in temporary roles are 29 per cent more likely to experience mental health problems compared to those in permanent jobs, the joint study from think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research and Business in the Community revealed. This likelihood increases to 43 per cent among those Read more
The evidence-based program screens adolescents for personality traits, which can indicate higher risk for substance abuse or a mental disorder. University of Montreal PhD Candidate Jean-Francois G. Morin, who is working to train Overdose Lifeline, says kids are then placed into five categories and invited to participate in discussion groups.
Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school. The study also found that – separately – poor mental health can lead to exclusion from school.
Young children can be very vocal in showing their emotions: crying, shouting, kicking or throwing toys around. But when they reach early adolescence, psychological problems can become more acute, less easy to detect and even more difficult to fix.
Blue Whale is widely reported to have started in Russia in 2013, though the first suicide apparently did not happen until two years later. Philipp Budeikin, a Russian national who as of May was 21, has taken credit for creating the “game.” Police arrested him last November, and he has pleaded guilty to inciting the suicides Read more
Researchers argue that adolescents who experience this sort of family trauma — as well as those who see it happening all around them, and fear it will also affect their household — are at higher risk for mental-health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Depression is a ruthless monster, which is notorious for leaving the person it attacks writhing in emotional agony. The least we can do is aid the individual in his battle against it.
Studies have found elevated rates of autism among young people with childhood-onset schizophrenia, in which the features of schizophrenia appear before age 13 rather than in late adolescence. Research may help to explain how social cognition breaks down in each condition — which could lead to more nuanced clinical profiles and better treatments for both.
Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later.
Rather than focusing solely on the detrimental effects of experiencing adversity, their work, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, examines how children develop adaptive skills relevant to coping with the high-stress nature of their surrounding environment.
Removed from the home and placed in the child welfare system because of evidence of abuse or neglect, these children are already facing trauma that no child should experience–yet on top of all of that, for decades, they have been denied common normal childhood activities.tr
A new study tested the role of ethnic identity, social support, and anger regulation as potential buffers that may help offset the negative impact of discrimination on the mental health of Mexican-origin adolescents living in the Midwestern United States.
Most of us remember kids at school who seemed a little different – less sociable, more introverted and fragile, perhaps – and that they often seemed to be the ones to get picked on or rejected. Maybe you remember because you were one of those kids and you know what is was like to not Read more
Obstetrician-gynecologists can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with mental health disorders in adolescents by early identification, prompt referral, and care coordination, according to a Committee Opinion published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
A recent randomized clinical trial demonstrated the efficacy of a brief behavioral intervention delivered in a primary care setting for youth with anxiety and depression.
Clarity Child Guidance Center (CGC) is the only not-for-profit organization in South Texas providing crisis assessment, inpatient, outpatient and day treatment mental health care to children ages 3-17 years of age. The CGC offers the region’s largest concentration of child and adolescent psychiatrists, with its onsite affiliation with Southwest Psychiatric Physicians.