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A Year Into COVID-19: Mental Health, Suicide, and Black Youth

July 10, 2021 | Nicole Aue

The suicide death rate has been increasing faster among Black youth and young adults than among other racial/ethnic groups. This report discusses why this might be happening, and possible responses.

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Resources for Talking to Students About Racism and Police Killings

May 9, 2021 | Nicole Aue

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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Sequel Youth Facilities Raked in Millions while Accused of Abusing Children

January 15, 2021 | Nicole Aue

Sequel Youth & Family Services collected hundreds of millions in tax dollars to care for vulnerable children, despite abuse and negligence allegations at their facilities for children with serious mental and behavioral health concerns.

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Inside Utah’s Troubled Teen Industry

December 2, 2020 | Nicole Aue

This investigative report from the Salt Lake Tribune details experiences of young people housed in residential treatment facilities across Utah.

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Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act

December 2, 2020 | Nicole Aue

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act provides a significant opportunity for child welfare systems to better support children and families. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago have partnered to outline recommendations for how jurisdictions can understand Family First’s policy requirements for trauma-informed approaches and ensure that implementation of the law meets the trauma-related needs of children, youth and families. This paper outlines opportunities to better support the workforce and foster families in providing trauma-informed care.

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U.S. Parents Say COVID-19 Harming Child’s Mental Health

June 17, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article looks at a recent Gallup Panel of parents that asked about the effects of school closures and social distancing on children’s mental health.

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Black Suicidality and Mental Health #BlackLivesMatter

June 13, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This blog post breaks down some of the factors that go into rates of black suicide among young people, lists some organizations working specifically on Black mental health and provides resources for further education.

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The Trevor Project Releases Mental Health Guide for Black LGBTQ Youth

June 7, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people, has released a guide to supporting Black LGBTQ youth in dealing with the mental health aftermath of recent violence against Black Americans, as well as additional guidance for providers working with Black LGBTQ youth.

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How to Keep Children’s Stress From Turning Into Trauma

May 8, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

The New York Times spoke to experts on childhood adversity on how to turn stress from the Covid-19 pandemic into resilience rather than trauma.

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Thousands of Foster Children Were Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Where Some Faced Abuse and Neglect

March 13, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

ProPublica, in collaboration with the Chicago Tribune, takes a deep dive into the practice of sending foster children out of state for foster care, and the unchecked abuse and neglect these young people often faced hundreds of miles away from their homes and supports.

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