Mental Health Conditions Archives - NWI

Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners: Best Practices for Residential Interventions

March 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) and the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), with funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, have created a resource guide for judges and legal partners when deciding on the use of a residential intervention for children and adolescents. Although services and supports for youth and their families are generally best delivered in their home and community, there are circumstances when a residential intervention may be appropriate. This resource offers guidelines for evaluating residential programs, such as the criteria that consistent support for the family (birth, kin or foster) should always be included.

Access the Best Practices for Residential Interventions Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners»

Research: Poverty’s Negative Impact on Children’s Mental Health

March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent study in England tracked more than 6,000 families over time to measure the impact of poverty on the family members’ mental health. At the outset, none of families were in poverty and none had mental health problems when their child was 3 years old. By the time the children were 11 years old, 14 percent of the families had moved into poverty. The researchers found that the children who moved into poverty were 40 percent more likely to develop social, emotional or behavioral problems.

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Research Review: Strategies to Improve Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents

March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor

At the end of 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a review of research in which they evaluated 17 studies to assess the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies focused on improving the mental health care of children and adolescents. They found that the majority of strategies had at least some evidence of effectiveness.

Read the research review»

Eric Bruns in New Zealand for National Wraparound Summit

February 13, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Eric Bruns, PhD, co-director of the National Wraparound Initiative, is in New Zealand this week for a National Wraparound Hui at Massey University. (Hui is a word with Māori origins used in New Zealand for gatherings and assemblies). Bruns participated in a national radio interview there with Dr. Ruth Gammon, Massey University psychologist and organizer of the event, about how wraparound services can help at-risk kids.

Listen to the interview on Radio New Zealand with Eric Bruns and Ruth Gammon»

Viewpoint: We need to provide better mental health treatment in schools. Here’s how to start.

February 8, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this Washington Post viewpoint piece child psychotherapist and parent educator Katie Hurley acknowledges the challenges facing schools in meeting the mental health needs of students. She offers concrete suggestions for ways teachers and school administrators can help create supportive environments in schools.

Read about supporting children’s mental health in schools»

Research: Maternal Depression Impacts Children’s Basis of Empathy

February 8, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A study published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry followed children of mothers with depression from birth to preadolescence to look at the impact of mothers’ depression on children’s neural empathic response. Researchers found the neural reaction to pain in others stops earlier for children of depressed mothers than in controls. The patterns of interaction between mother–child were also found to be a factor.

Read the article on the impact of maternal depression»

Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start!

February 1, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this recent blog post, Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, highlights current thinking on brain development from birth to age 25. The post includes links several resources for positive mental health development from infancy to early childhood and beyond.

Read about brain development»

Researchers identify mental health screening tools, barriers for Latino children

January 30, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical looked into existing culturally sensitive tools for mental health screening Spanish-speaking parents in order to increase pediatricians ability to conduct mental health screening in Latino families. As a result, they have identified a culturally sensitive set of tools that are freely available to pediatricians, take less than 10 minutes to use, are in easy-to-read Spanish, and assess a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems. These four screening tools are the: Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)-17-question version, the PSC-35-question version, the pictorial PSC-35, and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.

Read more about mental health screening tools for Latino children»

KSOC-TV on Jan. 26: Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color

January 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor

On January 26 at 2 p.m. ET, KSOC-TV will release the interactive webisode, “Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color.” This webisode will focus on issues affecting LGBTQI2-S youth of color and share ways to help providers, after-school program facilitators, families, and youth understand the intersection of identities and the associated challenges of trauma, suicide, and resilience. Participants will learn strategies to address behavioral health challenges and facilitate healing among children, youth, and families. State and local community leaders, health care providers, child- and youth-serving agencies, schools, LGBTQI2-S supporting organizations, and caregivers are encouraged to watch and participate in the webisode.

Watch the live webcast on January 26 at 2 p.m. ET»

Access previous KSOC-TV webisodes»

Study shows how comorbid mental health conditions can impact child’s care in hospital

January 9, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Recent research published in Pediatrics in November 2016 is the first study to show how comorbid mental health conditions, such as anxiety, ADHD and depression, can impact a child’s care in the hospital. Based on their analysis of hospital data, researchers found that children hospitalized for medical or surgical procedures who have an existing mental health condition stay in the hospital longer.

Read the article about research on hospital stays for children with existing mental health conditions»

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