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 – Carly Henry PHOENIX – Arizona’s Medicaid agency has blended its health-care programs for mental and physical health for 1.5 million people in a move to increase efficiency and improve patient health. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, known as AHCCCS, now contracts with organizations to manage coverage of such physical ailments as
Author – Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Chief Medical Officer Mental health is central to everyone’s well-being, particularly adolescents, teens, and young adults. Our youth are active in their communities where they initiate growth, lead and contribute. However, in many cases, some young people face additional challenges that can take a toll on their well-being, including
Author – Allison Abrams, LCSW-R Some people insist stigma around mental health is no longer an issue in our society, and mental illness no longer a taboo topic. Those having this mindset likely don’t live in a community where asking for help means potential ostracization, or come from a cultural background in which seeking psychological help is deemed as
Author – David Rosenberg Many of us think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one’s true self. In recent years, however, depression and anxiety have afflicted college students at alarming rates. As noted in the latest Center for Collegiate Mental Health report, anxiety and depression are the top reasons that
Author – Katie Hurley, LCSW From the outside looking in, it can be difficult to spot the differences between stress and anxiety. Both can lead to sleepless nights, exhaustion, excessive worry, lack of focus, and irritability. Even physical symptoms – like rapid heart rate, muscle tension, and headaches – can impact both people experiencing stress
Author – Brenna Bailey Student activists have taken their fight to reform mental-health interventions in schools to the Arizona Capitol, working with lawmakers to craft legislation that is receiving bipartisan support. State Rep. Daniel Hernandez, a Tucson Democrat, has been working with students affiliated with March for Our Lives Arizona since before the legislative session
Author – Phyllis L. Fagell The two middle-schoolers had never met in person, but they both struggled with depression and were drawn to the same dark group chat. When one wrote that he planned to kill himself, the other took an image of his post. “I’m so freaked out,” she told me, her school counselor.