Posts Tagged ‘youth’

There is a real challenge in evaluating programs like gatekeeper training. The first issue is how to define success or impact of the program. Read article here.


According to a 2012 survey from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 62% of students with mental health problems who withdraw from college decide to leave because of those problems. “That percentage is a sign that we’re not doing a very good job for some students,” said Darcy Guttadaro, the director of the Child and Adolescent Action Center at NAMI, in Inside Higher Ed. “It’s no longer OK for schools to just not address [mental health] issues.” Read article here.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conducted a national survey of college students living with mental health conditions to learn about their experiences in school. NAMI designed the survey to hear directly from students about whether schools are meeting their needs and what improvements are needed to support their academic experience. Read article here.

Academic decline, or problems in school, may be a sign of depression in some children. Of course, not all problems in school are linked to depression, and not all depressed children have significant problems in school, either.

How Does Depression Interfere With Academic Performance? Read article here.

It has long been established that childhood trauma increases a person’s risk for developing depression and addiction later in life. Now, a small study of teens from the University of Texas offers one possible explanation. The findings reveal that childhood suffering triggers a disruption in particular neural networks, which are linked to a greater chance of developing substance abuse problems, depression, or both in teens. Read article here.

Mayo Clinic researchers — in partnership with numerous national mental health advocacy organizations — are issuing new simple-to-understand tools to help identify youth who may have mental health disorders.

Despite well-documented levels of emotional and behavioral concerns in the nation’s youth, studies have repeatedly shown that up to 75% of youth with mental health disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, anxiety, and eating disorders are usually not identified, and youth do not receive the care they need. Read article here.

Under the mental health parity law, insurance plans must provide coverage of all medically necessary treatment for nine enumerated severe mental illnesses, including eating disorders as well as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, autism, and serious emotional disturbances in children and adolescents. Read article here.

Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder have a new mobile resource to help combat the anxiety disorder’s many challenges.

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA) have jointly developed the PTSD Coach, a free smartphone application. Dr. Sonja Batten, who works on national mental health policy for the VA, says the app was developed with veterans in mind. The app allows users to track and manage symptoms, find support and get reliable information about PSTD. A self-assessment mode has 17 questions — the same ones used in clinical settings — to gauge distress levels. Read article here.

The Carson J. Spencer Foundation has received a $500,000 grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation to launch a social entrepreneurship program for prevention of youth suicide.

The FIRE Within program (Future Innovative and Resilient Entrepreneurs) takes students through a yearlong course in social entrepreneurship, mental health advocacy and leadership training. Its goal is to enable students to run enterprises that raise revenue and awareness for suicide prevention. Program participants compete for micro-grants to seed enterprises. Students receive mentoring from local leaders as they develop and run businesses. They also receive training as suicide-prevention advocates. Read article here.

On July 5, the White House reversed its longstanding policy of not sending condolence letters to the families of service members who die by suicide while deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones. AFSP would like to commend President Obama on his decision. Read article here.