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Winning Youth Essays on Mental Health

October 24, 2022 | NWI

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces 15 awardees for the 2022 Speaking Up about Mental Health! This Is My Story Essay Contest. The contest seeks to start conversations about mental health and encourage young people to access help for mental health issues. Read the winning essays now!

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Loneliness Damages Children’s Mental Health and Their Grades

April 4, 2022 | NWI

Children who feel lonely are more likely to leave school with worse grades than classmates who never experience loneliness. Even a temporary bout of loneliness at age 12 puts children at risk of worse qualifications when they leave school up to six years later, according to a new study.

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Practical Guide for Selecting Social-Emotional Learning Programs

November 14, 2021 | NWI

This updated and expanded guide to evidence-based SEL programs offers detailed information on 33 pre-K through elementary school programs, encompassing curricular content and program highlights. Practitioners from schools, early childhood education (ECE) providers and out-of-school time (OST) can use this resource to look “inside and across” programs to better understand program content and assess program fit with their district or community needs.

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Resources for Talking to Students About Racism and Police Killings

May 9, 2021 | NWI

To help educators think about how to discuss cases of racism, race-related violence, and police brutality and how to support Black students and other students of color who may be distraught by what they read and see in the media, Education Week has compiled some resources from its archives and elsewhere.

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As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article recommends a comprehensive approach to addressing the mental health impacts of Covid-19 in children as they return to school, either in person or via distance learning.

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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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With Senior Year In Disarray, Teens And Young Adults Feel Lost. Here’s How To Help

April 20, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

Tips and guidance from child-serving mental health professionals on how to support young people dealing with grief and disappointment due to missing developmental milestones, such as prom and graduation, during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mental health experts race to help children cope with stay-at-home life amid coronavirus closures

April 10, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

How providers are responding to the difficulties posed by Coronavirus-related closures and adapting their interventions to new virtual platforms, and tackling the associated challenges

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Resource: Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance from the Field

November 19, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A partnership of national school mental health leaders and organizations contributed to the development of a resource on school mental health systems. Intended to help guide local, state and national efforts to strengthen school mental health effort, the resource outlines the need for school-based mental health programs, describes the core features of a school mental health program, and details opportunities, challenges and recommended strategies for implementation.

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Tools to Measure Progress in Implementing Trauma-Informed Approach

October 17, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI) has published “Issue Brief 72: Are We Trauma-Informed? Tools to Measure Progress in a Program, School, or Organization,” which summarizes results of a research review they, along with the Yale School of Medicine, and the Medical University of South Carolina, did of 49 surveys evaluating trauma-informed approach. The reviewers identified four assessment tools as the most promising for evaluating an organization’s progress in implementing a trauma-informed approach.

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