Stigmatization Archives - NWI

How Talking Openly Against Stigma Helped A Mother And Son Cope With Bipolar Disorder

May 2, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this profile, single mother of four, Liza Long, talks about how sharing her experience dealing with her then middle-school aged son helped lead to her son’s correct diagnosis and treatment for bipolar disorder. Last month, her son Walton, who is now 16, spoke at TEDx Boise to share his story and speak out against the stigmatization of mental illness.

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New Studies: Trans Youth and Mental Health

March 30, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Two recently published studies explore the effects of socialization patterns on transgender youth. One of the recent studies, focused on 16-29 year old women, found that “the rate of psychiatric disorders and substance dependence among these women was 1.7 to 3.6 times greater than in the general population”. These young people grew up in poverty with little acceptance of their gender identities. The other study assessed the mental health of 73 transgender 3-12 year old children in Washington state and the results showed that this group did “not experience any more depression, and had only slightly more anxiety, than their siblings and non-transgender peers”. In contrast, these young people grew up in relatively affluent households and were more emotionally supported.

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Can Big Data Predict Child Abuse?

March 30, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Innovators in child protective services around the country are looking at using data for predictive analytics as a tool for early intervention practices. However, the proposed implementation of some of the analysis of at-birth data is controversial. A director for the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California who has worked with Allegheny County in PA on a predictive analytics model, is quoted as saying: “We have 6 million children reported for abuse or neglect, and how you make triaging decisions early on absolutely impacts outcomes for that child and family…The use of predictive analytics in child welfare could change … the system.”

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Bullying and Substance Use Among Gay and Bisexual Youth

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

New research shows that gay and bisexual youth score lower on key indicators of youth development – increasing the chance they will participate in health risk behaviors like cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Bullying was identified as a factor that hindered access to building blocks of health and well-being.

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Lasting Mental Health Problems for Victimized LGBT Youth

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Northwestern University reports on new research showing that severely victimized LGBT youth may experience lasting mental health problems such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study’s findings suggest changes in school policies and programs to help prevent bulling and provide coping strategies for those who are being targeted.

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Addiction is a Response to Childhood Suffering

January 12, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Dr. Gabor Mate specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and trauma. He has over twenty years of experience working with families. The heart of his work focuses on how emotions are implicated in the development of illness, addictions, and disorders. Dr. Gabor takes us further into the understanding of emotionality, trauma, and addiction while supporting findings with research, and medical science.

Read on to find out what it means to be conscious enough to thrive under life stressors >>

Supporting refugee children and families

December 7, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has recently published an on-line toolkit about refugee trauma. This toolkit is designed to help practitioners understand the refugee experience and provides resources, guidance for a variety of settings.

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Mental Health Stigma in Light of Recent School Shootings

November 9, 2015 | John Ossowski

Are kids becoming reluctant to participate in treatment for emotional disturbances for fear they will be labelled ‘the next school shooter’? Lisa Lambert discusses this brand of mental health stigma in a recent article.

Black girls matter

October 13, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy and African American Policy Forum address the need to integrate a gender lens into an analysis of the racial/ethnic disparities in school attachment and completion. This publication works to broaden our understanding of the current crisis facing youth of color.

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Ensuring a safe space for LGBTQ youth mental health

October 9, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

HRC addresses the limited access LGBTQ young people have to quality mental health care services. This article discusses the context of limitations to accessing quality mental health care for LGBTQ young people and what lawmakers are doing to challenge those barriers.

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