Prevention Archives - NWI
Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt Named Honorary Chairpersons for SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017
February 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor
SAMHSA has announced that Olympians Michael Phelps and Allison Schmidt will be the 2017 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Chairpersons. Open about their own behavioral health challenges, the gold medalists are ideal role models to help youth understand the importance of mental, as well as physical health. Phelps and Schmidt will speak at The Awareness Day 2017 national event on May 4, where they will be awarded with SAMHSA’s Special Recognition Award.
Research To Practice: Building Supportive and Inclusive Programming for American Muslim Youth
February 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor
This recent post from stopbullying.gov, includes an interview with Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Director of The Family & Youth Institute and a leading researcher on American Muslim youth, about creating supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families. The post includes links to many related resources.
Podcast: Home-visit program in child maltreatment cases strengthens parent-child interaction
January 24, 2017 | Emily Taylor
NIH funded a study of a home-visit program for parents previously investigated for child abuse. The study found that the program led to dramatic reduction in the percentage of young children who were removed from their homes and placed in foster care. During the home visits, trained specialists videotaped parents playing with their children and then provided feedback for the parents to help them be more sensitive to their child’s emotional and social cues.
Community Schools Can Make a Difference for LGBTQ Youth
January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor
This recent post from the Center for American Progress highlights the many benefits of community schools that “leverage partnerships between government agencies and community-based service providers to improve the educational achievement of students by caring for the overall well-being of students and their families”. The authors argue that community schools can also improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth by providing access to services and supports.
Teaching school children about mental health
January 4, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A recent BBC story profiles CuesEd, a program being used in some London schools to help children learn how to recognize, talk about and manage their emotions. The program aims to provide children with knowledge and skills before they reach adolescence.
New Hampshire Program Finds Doctor Visits Help Keep Teens off Drugs and Alcohol
December 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor
A program in New Hampshire is finding that regular conversations with their doctor can be valuable in preventing drug and alcohol use by teens. The state has implemented an evidence-based “screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment” (SBIRT) protocol in 23 medical facilities across the state, thanks in part to grant funding.
New series from Child Trends: It matters!
December 13, 2016 | Emily Taylor
The “It Matters” series from Child Trends incorporates presentations, videos, and infographics to review over 125 indications of child well-being. Topics covered include school readiness, bullying prevention and teen pregnancy prevention.
Pregnancy Prevention Awareness for Teen Boys
November 28, 2016 | Emily Taylor
This grantee spotlight from the Family and Youth Services Bureau describes how the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has implemented a teen pregnancy prevention education program for teen boys. The “Wise Guys Male Responsibility Curriculum” encourages boys to make more responsible decisions. The program utilizes guided peer discussion where the boys share thoughts about their values, goals, responsibilities, and relationships.
Program Aims to Eliminate Stigma Around Mental Health Before It Starts
October 25, 2016 | Emily Taylor
Researchers evaluated the “Mental Health Matters” program in Santa Barbara, Calif., which offers 6th graders a curriculum designed to increase understanding of mental illness, reduce the associated stigma and teach them wellness practices. The study results (published in October issue of Journal of School Health), indicate the program had positive impact, including lowered stigma.
Why and How to Improve Mental Health Services for Youth
October 11, 2016 | Emily Taylor
In this viewpoint piece published recently in U.S. News & World Report, Jeffrey Lieberman, MD and chairman of the Dept. of Psychiatry Columbia University, argues for the improvement of mental health care for children and youth. Lieberman recommends reaching this population in schools and pediatricians’ offices through screening and treatment programs.