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Using Psychology to Help At-Risk Students

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Psychology Today
July 9, 2015

They explored the influence of two interventions. The first was based on research by Carol Dweck and her colleagues on mindsets. The second was based on research by my University of Texas colleague David Yeager and his collaborators. This work focuses on helping students to see the purpose of their schoolwork.

Students use phones to prompt tough discussions

Charlotte Observer
July 8, 2015

The students implemented a program called “Text, Talk, Act” at Cannon, Community School of Davidson, Hough and Lake Norman Charter high schools.

Reforming Juvenile Offenders by Training Them to Read … Faces

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Pacific Standard
July 8, 2015

A new study from the U.K. finds emotional awareness training is a valuable tool in moderating the behavior of young toughs.

 Texas Creates State Website for Children with Special Needs

Houston Chronicle
July 2, 105

A Texas task force has created what officials call a first-of-its-kind website designed to help families who have children with disabilities and special needs.

2013 National, State, and District Combined Datasets on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

May 26, 2015

The US Centre for Disease Control & Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health has released the 2013 National, State, and District Combined Datasets on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

Is The War On Fat Harming Our Children?

A young girl measures her waist.NPR
May 21, 2015

America’s ongoing war on fat, which aims to save this country – and especially its young people – from a costly and damaging epidemic of obesity, turns out to be dangerous all on its own: It exacts a severe psychological and physical toll on the very individuals it purports to help, according to an upcoming book.

Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children’s Mental Health

Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health
May 11, 2015

There is a link between sleep and young children’s mental health, a new study suggests.

 This May, Speak Up for Kids Who Have Mental Illness

Huffington Post
May 11, 2015

Every parent writer struggles with how to talk about his or her children. Emily Bazelon presciently took on this topic in 2008. Wondering whether her own revelations about her children’s lives were violating their privacy, she asked, “Should we all close our laptops once our kids learn to talk?”

For Gay Children, Bullying Begins Early, Happens Often: Study

For Gay Children, Bullying Begins Early, Happens Often: Study
May 6, 2015

Bullying starts as early as elementary and middle school, and occurs more frequently for students who later identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, a new study suggests.

 Give Schools the Tools They Need to Battle Mental Illness in Children

Parents and Teachers Talking
University of Texas at Austin News
May 7, 2015

However, while we are having the STAAR testing debate, we are missing the opportunity for a larger public discussion on not only how children’s social and emotional health affects their success in school, but also what role schools have in addressing emotional and behavioral challenges. While struggles with attention or learning disorders may be apparent to teachers, many mental health issues are more challenging to recognize.

 Enough is Enough: We Need to Prevent Campus Suicides

National Alliance on Mental Illness
May 6, 2015

But those are not just numbers, they are young lives recently lost to suicide-college students who should be launching into the prime of their lives but instead are gone. They were our sisters, brothers, children, friends, neighbors and the future generation of our nation. Suicide is happening too often on college campuses.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario Report Card on Child and Youth Mental Health

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Children’s Mental Health Ontario
May 6, 2015

The Report Card takes an honest look at the Ontario government’s progress toward key policy commitments on child and youth mental health, namely those related to access, accountability, and system coordination. It calls for the allocation of new resources to support increases in demand as well as improvements to service delivery and outcome measures. The Report Card aims to build understanding about the most pressing issues affecting community-based child and youth mental health centres and highlights important next steps.

Now’s the Time to Invest in Child Mental Health

The Guardian
May 5, 2015

Alison O’Sullivan, new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, says improving services must be a priority for the next government.

Family, Neighborhood Impact Mental Health of Kids

May 5, 2015

New research finds that the family and neighborhood environment play a significant role in the mental health of a child.

ADHD Tied to Higher Risk of Eating Disorder in Kids and Teens

May 1, 2015

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of a certain type of eating disorder, according to a new study.

Teens With Autism Stretch, Grow And Laugh In Improv Classes At Second City

Huffington Post
April 29, 2015

Some of America’s funniest people have honed their craft at The Second City in Chicago. But it’s not just professionals who can bloom with a little improv comedy. For the past two years, the iconic Chicago-based comedy theater/school has offered an improv comedy program aimed at teens with autism spectrum disorder.

Explainer: How Recovery High Schools Help Kids with Addiction

The Conversation
April 28, 2015

The traditional model of isolating individuals in 28 days of inpatient care and returning them to their previous worlds, is full of relapse risks and triggers. New modes of recovery are, however, offering hope.

The Life Scientific Profile: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

April 24, 2015

Until recently, it was thought that human brain development was all over by early childhood but research in the last decade has shown that the adolescent brain is still changing into early adulthood. Jim Al-Khalili talks to pioneering cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore who is responsible for much of the research which shows that our brains continue to develop through the teenage years.

EVENT: SAMHSA Recognizes Grammy Nominee Mary Lambert at National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
April 24, 2015

Singer/songwriter Mary Lambert will join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, May 7, at the Lansburgh Theater in Washington, D.C. The event will be available via live webcast at http://www.samhsa.gov/children. More>>

Helping College Students Suffering from Depression, Anxiety and Stress


April 22, 2015

Is it possible to prevent mental health problems in higher education students? The answer is “yes” according to a team of psychologists from Loyola University Chicago who conducted a careful, systematic review of 103 universal interventions involving over 10,000 students enrolled in 2- and 4-year colleges and universities and graduate programs. More>>

Chronic Neglect Can Lead to Aggression in Kids


April 22, 2015

Emerging research suggest parents who chronically neglect their children increase the chance that the child will develop aggressive and delinquent tendencies in adolescence. More>>

When Depression And Cultural Expectations Collide


Kaiser Health News
April 22, 2015

Wynne Lee’s mind was at war with itself – one voice telling her to kill herself and another telling her to live. She had just turned 14. More>>

Kim Kardashian Executive-Produced A Mental Health Documentary Called #Redflag


Entertainment Weekly
April 22, 2015

Surprise: Kim Kardashian’s a documentarian. The reality star has executive-produced a doc for HLN called #RedFlag, which focuses on how social media can be used as a tool to help identify and assist young adults with mental illnesses. Dr. Drew Pinsky will be featured in a post-show following the premiere on the network. More>>

Young Adults with Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated


April 21, 2015

The transition to adulthood marks a big turning point in life for everyone, but for young people on the autism spectrum that transition can be really tough. Young adults with autism had lower employment rates and higher rates of complete social isolation than people with other disabilities, according to a report published Tuesday by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. More>>

Mental Health and Social Policy: A Q&A with Margo Johnson

Hogg Blog
April 20, 2015

I noticed that the trauma and mental health needs of these children were being lost in the larger rhetoric of border security, often accompanied by strong anti-immigrant sentiments. I wanted to bring together the literature on the experience of forced child migration with what we know about childhood trauma and resilience. More »

Falling Through the Cracks: Young Lives Adrift In New Orleans

April 18, 2015

Adams is what used to be called “at risk” or “disconnected.” The latest euphemism is “opportunity youth.”…These are the kids who are chronically truant, run away, get expelled, drop out, run afoul of the law. Some get pregnant. Others face mental health issues, learning disabilities, homelessness, trauma or abuse. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. More »

Military Kids Serve Too

National Alliance on Mental Illness
April 17, 2015

April is the Month of the Military Child. When we think of the past 13 years of war, while our service men and women are bravely fighting the Global War on Terror, it’s easy to forget that the spouses and children left behind serve too. Our little guys have to deal with the emotional toll it takes on them to be separated from their parent from several months to a year or even more. More »

Know the Signs of Child Abuse

April 13, 2015

Child abuse survivors can suffer long-term physical, emotional and psychological problems, said Dr. Mary Jones, a child advocacy physician with the Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill….Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional, and also includes neglect. Most victims experience a combination of these types. Recognizing the signs of abuse is the first step in helping an abused child. More »

Suffering from Abuse during Childhood Increases Chances of Depression, Above All in Those Adults who Are Genetically Predisposed

April 13, 2015

An international research project led by scientists from the U. of Granada has demonstrated that the risk of suffering from depression due to abuse during childhood is significantly higher in those patients who are genetically predisposed. More »

Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College

Wall Street Journal
April 13, 2015

Now is the time for teens and parents to think about how to handle disorders without the family nearby. More »

The Nightmare Outcome of a Son’s Mental Illness

Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2015

It was obvious to Cynthia that her son was a danger. She and Anthony had sought help from California’s medical, legal and law enforcement institutions. But they had found only temporary relief, and were frustrated by the piecemeal and often impenetrable nature of the state’s mental health system. More »

Impoverished Tribe Struggles to Stop Surge in Teen Suicides

Washington Post
April 13, 2015

The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by teenagers in recent months has shaken this impoverished community to its core and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission to stop the deaths. More »

Teen Girl’s Suicide Exposes Challenges Jailers Face With Mentally Ill Inmates

Houston Chronicle
April 11, 2015

While much remains murky about what happened on Sept. 2, 2014, a state investigation found that no one working at the jail had notified a judge within 72 hours that someone believed to be mentally ill had been admitted, as required by law. More »

Migraine Drug May up Risk of Eating Disorders in Some Teens

April 9, 2015

A new report has linked a migraine medication to increased odds of eating disorders in some teens. More »