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Living Near Woodlands Is Good for Children’s Mental Health

September 12, 2021 | Nicole Aue

Analysis of children and young people’s proximity to woodlands has shown links with better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems, in new research that could influence planning decisions in urban areas.

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Washington State Moving Toward Abolishing Foster Care

July 10, 2021 | Nicole Aue

Poor outcomes and disproportionate impacts on kids of color have propelled a once-fringe idea into the mainstream in Washington state.

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Outdoor Activities Improve Well-being

March 15, 2021 | Nicole Aue

A study from North Carolina State University found outdoor play and nature-based activities helped buffer some of the negative mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for adolescents.

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Pandemic Expansion of Telehealth Has Improved Access for Kids in Child Welfare System: Report

February 8, 2021 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report details the findings of a new survey out of New York, which shows that the expansion of telehealth, due to lifted restrictions since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in better access to mental health care for families involved in the state’s child welfare system.

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Researchers Call for Youth Exercise Programs in Inpatient Mental Health

June 7, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article looks at recent research that examined the benefits of implementing exercise and diet-based interventions with young people in residential and inpatient treatment facilities, from both a treatment outcomes and human rights standpoint.

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How Therapists Are Using TikTok to Reach Teens & Talk Mental Health

May 28, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

Therapists are using popular social media and content creation platform TikTok to introduce young people to the concept of therapy and share mental health education.

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Youth who understand mental illness more likely to ask for help later

May 28, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

A new study looked at how education on mental health and stigma impacts the likelihood of young people seeking help for mental illness.

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Study shows 14% decline in pediatrician visits

March 9, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

A new study found a 14% decline in pediatrician visits among children with private insurance, while behavioral and psychiatric visits increased. Preventative visits also increased, perhaps due to the fact that the Affordable Care Act had eliminated copays for this type of visit. This article discusses the implications of these findings.
in children with private insurance. behavioral and psychiatric visits increased. preventative care visits also increased – this was during the time when ACA eliminated copays for these findings.

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THE MENTAL HEALTH OF BLACK YOUTH: A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH DOES NOT IDENTIFY SUICIDE RISK

March 9, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report from the Congressional Black Caucus responds to the increasing risk for suicide among black youth.

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Research: Bullying Perpetration Associated with Internalizing Problems

December 13, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A new study at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health published recently online in the Journal of Public Health found that youths who reported being perpetrators of bullying were more likely to develop mental health problems compared to those who did not report being perpetrators of bullying.

The senior author, Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, is quoted, “Our findings provide an important extension to previous literature, and indicate that bullying behaviors prevention and intervention strategies among youth should consider how to take into account and handle negative feelings and mental health problems.”

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