The California State Legislature is calling on local school districts to come up with new ways to fill big gaps in mental health care for children and teens, setting aside $50 million this year for schools willing to try new ways of detecting and preventing mental illness through campus-based services. The Mental Health Student Services
By Shamard Charles, M.D. Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade and the rise of digital media may be one reason why, according to a national survey released Thursday. The research, published by the American Psychological Association, found sharp increases in the number of young adults and adolescents who reported experiencing negative
Author – Jeremy Duda In the wake of legislative inaction on bipartisan legislation to create a school safety task force, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman will create her own task force within the Arizona Department of Education. The Arizona School Safety Task Force will craft a model school safety plan and serve as a
Author – Priscilla Casper TUCSON- Casa de los Niños is partnering with the Tucson Unified School District to provide behavioral health services to students and their families through a new pilot program. “I think it is vital because it removes a barrier for the family and student to access services,” said Dave Slay, an
Author – Amir Vera Public schools need more mental health professionals and fewer police, according to a recently released report by the American Civil Liberties Union. The report found that nearly one-third of public school students, more than 14 million, are enrolled in schools with police but without a counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker.
Author – School Based Health Alliance Nationwide, One in Five Youth Suffers from a Diagnosable Emotional, Mental, or Behavioral Disorder Yet the majority of youth who need care do not receive it. Barriers to access include lack of or limited health insurance for mental health care, social stigma, and lack of problem recognition by adults, including teachers
Author – Kathleen Boros In my children’s book about mental health awareness, Binky Bunny Wants to Know about Bipolar, Binky Bunny sees Mama Bunny sleeping a lot and wonders why she won’t wake up and play with him. When he asks his mom what’s wrong, he learns about bipolar disorder. Binky learns that Mama Bunny loves