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Research: Teaching Kids Mental Health Skills Can Ease Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts
June 26, 2017 | Emily Taylor
EMPATHY is a pilot program used to promote mental health in Canadian middle school and high school students. A study by researchers at the University of Alberta in Calgary looked at the impact of the program on 6,000 youth who were offered the EMPATHY training between 2013-2015. The results showed declines in suicidal thoughts, anxiety and depression.
Suicide Prevention Resources
June 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Student Engagement Project has published a free Suicide Prevention Brief with information for educators on how to prevent suicide among students and what to do when a suicide occurs. According to the brief, “school-age students (10-19) are most at-risk for suicidal behaviors, and are most accessible for suicide prevention interventions while they are in school”.
Research on Impact of Pre-Kindergarten
April 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The Brookings Institution recently published a report on the current research on the impact of pre-kindergarten and found “uniformly positive evidence of impact on kindergarten readiness”. According to the report, 42 states plus the District of Columbia now have early education programs serving 30 percent of the nation’s 4-year-olds and 5 percent of 3-year-olds. The report identifies the need for further research into the best ways to implement pre-kindergarten programs.
Research on Benefits of Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School
April 17, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a research brief on the need to support social emotional learning (SEL) to improve behavioral and academic outcomes for students. The brief includes analysis of 20 years of research on SEL programs in K-12 schools. Overall, students who were provided SEL programs performed 11 percent higher in academic achievement and behavior measures, than those who did not have SEL programs. The brief also outlines recommendations for implementing SEL programs, including providing training and coaching for educators, supporting family and community partnerships and as well as policy support at the local, state and national levels.
When a child alleges sexual abuse: A guide for educators
February 22, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has created a guide for educators’ to help them in determining the best ways to respond and support students in the event of a child alleging sexual abuse.
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.
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.
What If All Children Could Attend Preschool?
February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor
In this recent blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors detail the benefits of preschool to children’s long term well-being and survey preschool standards in several European countries, where universal preschool is the norm.
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.
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.