Today, the Center for Place-Based Initiatives, an innovative program of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, issued its second Call for Ideas — inviting people from every part of the community to offer ideas for improving health in tangible ways.
At all levels of education – primary, secondary, and post-secondary – there is a growing recognition of the importance of mental health. How to foster an education system that better serves the mental health needs of students, whether it’s at-risk youth, victims of school bullying, or stressed and depressed college students, is one of the most important questions facing mental health researchers, advocates, and policymakers.
Dispelling stigmas associated with therapy and counseling — like that you have to have amental illness to go — will allow students to get help for symptoms or problems that aren’t diagnosable as disorders. It should especially encourage students to learn essential coping skills.
On Oct. 17, faculty and staff of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin will begin treating patients at UT Health Austin, a new practice that will use innovative team-based models and strategies to provide care focused on an individual’s health and personal goals.
Hicks said he hopes his gift to the school helps to reduce the average amount of debt to around $20,000 for graduating social work students, though he knows it may take years to accomplish it. Social work sophomore Madeline Nassif said self-care is stressed in social work, and worrying about debts or money may negatively Read more
Dawn Lee of Hickory Creek created Mindful Mums, a grassroots initiative to use homecoming mums and garters as vehicles to raise awareness and funds for Youth & Family Counseling of Denton County (YFC), which has been offering quality mental health services for all income levels since 1981.
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.
Counseling and Mental Health Center addresses current mental health issues during annual Suicide Prevention Week
Kelsey Lammy, Counseling and Mental Health Center’s mental health promotion coordinator, said this year’s Suicide Prevention Week theme is community, and is intended to foster an environment in which students take care of each other, especially in the context of current events.
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
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.
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.
Emerging evidence suggests school-based mental health services are urgently needed to protect against suicidal thoughts among transgender students.
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 new David’s law took effect on September 1st. It adds protections relating to cyberbullying and cyberabuse of students. The law was named after sixteen-year-old David Molak of San Antonio who was so tortured by online bullies, he killed himself.
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.
Nearly one in every 10 college students will get mental health counseling on campus, according to USA Today records in 2014. Although not spoken about as openly as how much fun students will have once they get to college, mental illness is a very real issue facing college students.
Japan — which places huge emphasis on academic success — has the highest suicide rate among the Group of Seven industrialized nations, with more than 20,000 people taking their own lives annually.
Surveys show that nonwhite students are often more stressed than their white classmates, but experts say they’re less likely to seek psychological help. This further complicates efforts to increase the proportion of black and Hispanic students who succeed in earning college and university degrees, and who graduate at rates lower than whites.
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.
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.
The Hogg Foundation is working to improve mental health services in area schools. Lockhart ISD is one of the districts to receive grant money for those services. Superintendent Susan Bohn talks about what this means for students.
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.
Building on the work of organizations such as Teach First, which trains those changing career or high-flying graduates as teachers, The Difference aims to recruit the best teachers and develop them into mental health specialists.
A petition, created by Rhonda Dicks of St. John’s, Newfoundland, asks governments across Atlantic Canada to develop classes that teach young people to recognize the signs of mental illness, anxiety and depression.