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Teen Mental Health

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In the Community—Welcoming a New Mental Health Services Space to East Palo Alto

clinical-services 510Children’s Health Council (CHC) mental health services coordinator Divier Wallace understands the importance of supporting his community.

“As someone who grew up in East Palo Alto during the 1990s when times were very tough, I am so pleased to be able to come back and work with my community to provide services for families in need, in their language of choice,” said Wallace, speaking at the recent grand opening of the new East Palo Alto office and clinical space of the Ravenswood Initiative, a CHC project. Read more ›

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Mental Health Facts: Children and Teens [downloadable]

mental health 509Did you know that 1 in 5 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a serious mental illness? Or that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24?

Mental health is essential to one’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. This infographic from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides the latest facts and figures about children’s and teens’ mental health. Read more ›

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EdRev Expo 2019 Workshop: Navigating the Maze of Health Insurance for Mental Health Related Interventions [presentation]

Presenter Karen Fessel provides an overview of some of  the steps involved in getting insurance to cover intensive mental health treatments for teens, including outdoor and traditional residential therapies, along with day treatment and outpatient mental health treatments. Read more ›

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Debate on LGBT Rights Contributed to Homophobic Bullying

bullyingresearch505Scientists have uncovered new evidence that heated political discourse over proposed laws involving marginalized groups, such as debates about the rights of LGBT people, can contribute to an increase in bullying linked to students’ identity in schools. It is the largest study to date to examine the link.

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Hip-Hop Gave Me Purpose — Now It Helps My Students Find Their Voice

hip-hop 494When I say hip-hop provides access to healing, I mean that it can be used as a tool to boost self-expression, reflection, processing and coping skills for emotional regulation. It can help kids create a personal narrative, challenge their thoughts and become a true catalyst for change. Read more ›

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Tips for Discussing Suicide on Social Media — A Guide for Youth [downloadable]

suicide social media 492There are pros and cons to social media discussions of suicide. Social media can spread helpful knowledge and support, but it can also quickly disseminate harmful messaging and misinformation that puts vulnerable youth at risk. Read more ›

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Sleep Deprived Teens — What Can Be Done?

sleeping teen 491Animals have evolved to adapt to their environment in many ways, but one thing hasn’t changed: They all need sleep to survive, says Rafael Pelayo, a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. Read more ›

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Three No-Cost Ways to Support Mental Health in Schools

teen mental health 490A survey conducted in February by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of teenagers identified mental health as a major issue among their peers—a number higher than bullying, drug addiction, or gangs. So with numbers that high, it should be assumed that public school funding would be prioritizing student mental health, but that’s not the case. In fact, too often, it’s our support staff who bears the weight of the financial crises facing public education. Read more ›

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California Department of Education Bullying Resources for Educators [downloadable]

bullying482The California Department of Education’s Online Bullying Training Module and Bullying Module are intended to assist all school staff, school administrators, parents, pupils, and community members in increasing their knowledge of the dynamics of bullying. Read more ›

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Sleepy Teens: What is Really Going On? [presentation] [video]

Rafael Pelayo, MD, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences—Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine talks about strategies that can be used to help teens get enough sleep. Gain a greater understanding of why teens seem to be so sleepy and sleep’s impact on mental health. Read more ›

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