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Children’s mental health is vitally important to the future well-being of our society. There’s a vast body of research establishing the importance of individuals’ formative years to their later emotional health. The abuse and neglect of our most vulnerable remains one of our most vexing problems. Here you can find stories on the foster care system, parenting practices, school discipline, bullying, and other important issues that affect children’s mental health.

Congress has two weeks to prevent 400,000 Texas kids from losing health insurance

A federal program that provides health insurance for about 390,000 Texas children must be reauthorized by Congress by the end of the month. Most of the children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, are in working-class families. “This is a lifeline,” says Joyce Mauk, a pediatrician in Fort Worth and president Read more

We can use Australian Rules Football to boost school attendance and improve mental health in Indigenous communities

Our report, After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australia Rules Football (AFL) found Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t. Children who played football were 6% less likely to be assessed as having learning difficulties due to health issues.

PODCAST | What the health? Health plans busting out all over

In a busy health week for Congress, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee agreed on a proposal to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five more years, while Republicans and Democrats at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee continued to pursue a joint plan to stabilize the individual health insurance market.

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