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
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.
Children now say their main worries include nuclear war – their mental health is being wrecked by fake news
Many children lack the basic literacy skills needed to discern the difference between opinion and fact. So it’s no surprise that the NSPCC has had an increase in calls from children anxious about world events.
Kate Middleton wants kids to know it’s OK to talk about mental health. The Duchess of Cambridge and soon-to-be mother of three provided a brief introduction for a new short children’s film on the subject, titled “Talking Mental Health.”
A new report on Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in the DFW region shows that many children have missed out on vital services due to state cuts.
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.
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.
Children exposed to violence in their homes can suffer throughout their lives. They are, as studies from the U.S. Department of Justice have shown, more prone to commit suicide.
Three UNT professors were recently given a $313,000 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for the Play for the Future project, which will help five elementary schools in the community.
Did you know that Latino children are far more likely than their peers to suffer from depression and other mental health issues that often go untreated? This has big implications for San Antonio, which has a majority Latino population.
The idea, explained Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, Rady’s director of child and adolescent services, is to create a separate space for the exploding number of children who are walking through the hospital’s doors with urgent mental health needs.
Texas cannot wait until the 2019 Legislature Session to act. The children of the Gulf coast deserve an emergency special session of the Texas Legislature that focuses on their needs.
Regardless of the state of their schools, thousands of children returning to the classroom are likely to bear invisible wounds from this destructive storm. If untreated, their trauma will make it harder to succeed as students. Hurricane Harvey
In a series of interviews here in New Orleans, 12 years after Katrina’s devastating floods, young survivors, now in their early 20s, agreed only that overcoming the mental strain of displacement is like escaping the rising water itself – a matter of finding something to hold onto, one safe place or reliable person, each time Read more
Hurricane Harvey – Within and alongside the community schools model, a central focus will be helping students recover mentally and emotionally from the trauma of the natural disaster. And here, too, there is a contrast with New Orleans a dozen years ago.
Experiencing multiple forms of abuse early in life can increase the likelihood a child will develop psychotic symptoms. A report in Schizophrenia Bulletin now suggests there are several factors that may offer some protection from this risk.
Under federal law, students who are staying in a shelter, with friends or relatives, or in other temporary housing are considered homeless. They can immediately enroll in any Texas school district and must be referred to the services they need, including mental health and housing resources.
Hurricane Harvey – Many youth service organizations have been right in the path of the disaster, and they are working with Child Protective Services and other governmental entities to evacuate the children and youth in their care to safe locations.
It’s important to gather data on new treatments and share what works. SAMHSA offers numerous resources for helping children, adolescents, and youth succeed in schools and universities.
Once again, Americans, specifically Texans, are faced with a catastrophic event. The pictures of rushing waters, dramatic rescues and heartbreaking stories only begin to reveal what will become for all Texans an even greater challenge: The mental health issues associated with these traumatic events.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Criminal Justice Involvement and Victimization Among Homeless Adults With Mental Illness
Findings support the need for early interventions for at-risk youths and trauma-informed practice and violence prevention policies that specifically target homeless populations.
While it might seem unrealistic for parents to restrict the time their children spend on their devices, “The correlations between depression and smartphone use are strong enough to suggest that more parents should be telling their kids to put down their phone.”
Hurricane Harvey – Children in foster care in the greater Houston area are again finding themselves displaced as flood waters have wiped out around 50,000 homes and continue to devastate residences, businesses, and organizations.
Otherwise healthy people who experience hallucinations or delusions are more likely to have later suicidal thoughts or attempts, an international study has found.
Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown.
According to experts, the chaos and emotional upheaval brought on by extreme events can have an especially negative impact on children. Tropical storm Harvey has put students in its path at a greater risk for symptoms of anxiety and depression than they’d otherwise be—not to mention illness and injury.
It could take decades for young people from the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) group’s stronghold to overcome their psychological injuries, Save the Children warned.
As per the National Mental Health Survey, 2015 conducted by WHO, 1 in 20 people in India suffer from depression. The prevalence of mental disorders in the 13-17 age group was 7.3%.
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.
The Austin district this year is launching virtual health care throughout its schools, though skeptics question whether the move, while it promises to be more quick and convenient, is better for kids.