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NIMH Children and Mental Health Resource Available in Spanish

April 9, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A Spanish version of NIMH’s Children and Mental Health brochure,”Los niños y la salud mental,” is now available online. This resource on children’s mental health includes information for parents and other caregivers on when to seek help, evaluation, treatment, choosing a mental health professional and advice on how to work a child’s school as well as other resources.

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Depression Diagnosis Often Missed for Children with Autism

March 14, 2019 | Emily Taylor

This recent article from eparent, an online publication for parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs, discusses a tendency for depression to be overlooked in children with autism. The Autism Comorbidity Interview (ACI) screening tool has been developed to help address with diagnosis.

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Childhood Social-Emotional Functioning Linked To Early-Onset Mental Health Conditions

March 5, 2019 | Emily Taylor

Research published in JAMA Network Open looked at a group of more than 34,000 children in British Columbia, Canada from birth to age 14. The researchers found a correlation between teacher-ratings for social-emotional challenges at kindergarten and physician-assessed mental health conditions by age 14. The researchers recommend further studies on preventative interventions in the early school years.

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Mental Health Trial Bringing Mindfulness Program to Schools in England

February 21, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The British Department of Education and Department of Health and Social Care are beginning a three year trial program focused on mental health in up to 370 schools in England. A universal prevention and intervention program, the trials will test five interventions:mindfulness, relaxation, strategies for safety and well-being, and an existing intervention from Canada called “the guide” and another from Sweden known as “youth aware of mental health.” The trials are being led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

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Gauging how family, community impact children’s mental health

February 21, 2019 | Emily Taylor

Researchers, Wenhua Lu, an assistant professor of childhood studies at Rutgers University–Camden, and Yunyu Xiao, a researcher at New York University, have co-authored a study looking at factors that help to mitigate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The results of their surveys of parents indicated a “significant direct relationship” between family cohesion and community involvement and lower levels of mental health disorders during adolescence for youth who experienced ACEs.

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One in Six U.S. Kids Has Mental Health Disorder

February 15, 2019 | Emily Taylor

According to a recent study of data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, one in six kids has at least one mental health disorder and only half receive mental health treatment.

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Youth Suicide Screening

January 16, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A report published online in September 2018 in Psychosomatics, “Suicide Risk Screening in Pediatric Hospitals: Clinical Pathways to Address a Global Health Crisis,” authored in part by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), offers guidance on implementation of suicide risk screening in medical settings. According to an NIMH news release about the report, “studies have found that a majority of youth who died by suicide visited a health care provider or medical setting in the month prior” to their deaths. The report outlines a clinical pathway model, which includes using an NIMH-IRP screening tool with all youth.

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Federal Commission on School Safety Resource Guide

January 16, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The Federal Commission on School Safety issued a 177-page report on school safety in December. Based on months of research including site visits to successful programs and expert testimony, the report offers findings and recommendations in three sections: Prevent; Protect & Mitigate, and Respond & Recover. The Prevent section includes recommendations on incorporating mental health programs in schools with details on existing programs and research based practices.

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Visit the school safety website for more details on the commission including field visits, listening sessions, etc.»

Using Picture-Story Books to Help Families Understand Turbulent Parental Emotions

January 9, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A new issue brief from the University of Massachusetts Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC), highlights recommendations in a recent article from the Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health, “Using Picture-Story Books to Help Families Understand Turbulent Parental Emotions in Families with Small Children.” Reading books with children about families experiencing a parent’s stress-related “meltdowns” or mental health conditions could help normalize similar experiences for children. The authors gave an example of a picture book Meltdown Moments which depicts a family dealing with a parent’s mental health challenges and also includes a section with pscyho-educational material for parents. Read the brief»

Prevalence and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, and Conduct Problems in US Children

December 12, 2018 | Emily Taylor

Research published recently in the Journal of Pediatrics analyzed data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), in which parents provided information on whether their children aged 3-17 years old had ever been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and/or conduct problems. Survey results show that among children aged 3-17 years, 7.1% had current anxiety problems, 7.4% had a current behavioral/conduct problem, and 3.2% had current depression. Treatment rates were higher for those with depression diagnoses (nearly 80% of those with depression received treatment in the previous year) and lower for those with anxiety and behavioral/conduct diagnoses (59.3% of those with anxiety diagnoses, and 53.5% of those with behavioral/conduct problems had received treatment in the previous year).The researchers concluded the results indicate a prevalence of these conditions and existing treatment gaps to be addressed.

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