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California Department of Education Announces First of its Kind Statewide Online Community of Practice and Collaboration Network for Educators [web resource]

The California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, has launched California Educators Together, an online platform designed to streamline communication between educators and allow them to access and share a vast library of content, resources, strategies, and supports. Read more »

ER Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Teenage Girls Rose During Pandemic

In the early months of 2021, visits to emergency departments for suspected suicide attempts increased roughly 50 percent for adolescent girls compared with the same period in 2019, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more »

The Lost Girls: ‘Chaotic and Curious, Women With ADHD

When I was nine, my teacher told my parents I was all over the place. I already had the energy for five dance classes a week, netball, French lessons, piano lessons, a book club and school band. However, she thought I still didn’t have enough channels for my “creativity” and suggested they enroll me in drama school as well, so they did. Did it help me focus? Of course not.

Noelle Faulkner shares her experience as a women with ADHD. Read more »

Verbal Jiujitsu, Disarming and Other Tips for Dealing With Microaggressions

Psychologist Derald Wing Sue calls microaggressions the “everyday slights, indignities, insults, putdowns and invalidations” that people from marginalized communities experience on a regular basis.

Whether and how we respond to a microaggression is situational, but we don’t have to passively let them happen to us or in front of us. There are ways, large and small, to push back and “signal to both the perpetrator and onlookers that this is unacceptable behavior,” Sue said. Read more »

Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students [downloadable] [web resource]

An LGBTQ-inclusive school benefits all students. Seeing LGBTQ identities valued in the classroom, in the curriculum and in day-to-day interactions inspires empathy, understanding and respect. Read more »

Helping Students Cope With a Difficult Year

As students return to the classroom after over a year of remote and hybrid learning, loss and trauma are ongoing themes. As many as 43,000 children have lost a parent to Covid-19. Lockdowns and quarantine meant social isolation, which has resulted in increases in depression and anxiety in children and adolescents.

In the face of widespread trauma, strategies rooted in emotional regulation, self-growth, and relationship building can help students heal from stress and loss. Read more »

Nation’s School Mental Health Network Will Be Severely Tested

From loneliness and anxiety to severe or suicidal depression, the coronavirus’ mental health impact on youth has surged into its own epidemic, swelling the number of children’s visits to emergency rooms for mental health problems. National screenings show that children, adolescents and teens have struggled emotionally during the pandemic more than any other age group. Read more »

If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You’re Tired All The Time, You’re Not Alone

In recent weeks, Dr. Kali Cyrus has struggled with periods of exhaustion. Exhaustion is also one of the top complaints she hears from her patients these days. They say things like, “It’s just so hard to get out of bed” or “I’ve been misplacing things more often,” she says.

Mental health care providers around the U.S. are hearing similar complaints. And many providers, like Cyrus, are feeling it themselves. Read more »

Overcoming COVID-19 Anxiety May Require Professional Help

Anxiety, a feeling of uneasiness or nervousness, is something most of us experience at some point in our lives. Usually, it is a perfectly normal response in times of uncertainty, change or challenging life situations.

For many of us, the anxiety we feel about COVID-19 comes and goes, but for others anxiety has become their constant companion. Among these people, for some their feelings of anxiety never increase but are continuous and persistent, leaving them emotionally exhausted. Others experience an increase in symptoms, experiencing anxiety as fear, dread and even panic. Read more »

Coming Out of Our COVID Caves: An Expert’s Guide to Re-Entry

 

For the past 15 months, we’ve been carefully following safety protocols, and strict mandates have helped inform our decisions. Now, as we come out of our COVID caves, the rules are more ambiguous and varying comfort levels collide. It can create a whole new wave of anxiety around what feels safe, especially when our precautions don’t match those around us.

In this Voices of Compassion podcast, CHC’s Dr. Vivien Keil, shares coping strategies for easing our family’s way back into the world with courage and compassion. Read more »

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