Black and Latino youth in urban areas are largely forgotten in discussions and research about gun violence and school shootings, and it's unconscionable, writes assistant social work professor Henrika McCoy. "We must remember whether young people experience terror at the hands of a shooter at school or a gunman in their community, the result is the same, a young person and a community have been violently traumatized," she writes.
The US was already showing signs of a mental health crisis before the coronavirus pandemic, and it could worsen as more people stay home, writes Cynthia Koons. The mental health care system isn't ready for a surge in demand for help, and a hodgepodge of regulations and lack of insurance coverage for online appointments make getting help difficult.
Kathryn Rowe, the Baltimore Orioles' first mental skills coordinator, has been hosting virtual sessions for players, including separate Spanish-language meetings, to help them deal with stress. "My focus has been getting them on a routine because that helps during an awkward, confusing, scary time like this," she says.
A study in the journal Child Development found that parental noninvolvement and psychological aggression were both associated with adolescent depression, with psychological aggression predicting an increase in depression symptoms through conflicts linked to peer relationships, especially for females. The findings, based on data involving 657 adolescents from across different ethnic and racial backgrounds, also showed that for Hispanic adolescents, the relationship between increasing symptoms of depression and parental noninvolvement was mediated by decreasing school engagement.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that applies funds raised from a local sales and use tax to affordable housing and mental health initiatives. Forty percent of the tax revenue will go toward mental and behavioral health programs, with the rest allocated for housing development for domestic violence survivors, veterans, people with disabilities and others.
Tennessee is adding options for residents to get mental health support, with the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services taking two mobile clinics to rural areas via a $10 million federal grant and expanding telehealth. One county alone has seen 10 deaths by suicide in six days, says the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.
We remember World War II as a fight the US eagerly took up, but polling shows many Americans were opposed to intervening and only slowly came around to the idea, which posed a persuasion challenge to then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, writes Ed Batista. "The great leader steps into the future just far enough to encourage the people around them to consider the possibility of this alternative reality, but not so far ahead that their vision is dismissed or ignored," he writes.
To create real connections at work and be someone colleagues can confide in, use more than pleasantries with them but keep shared information confidential, writes Deborah Grayson Riegel. "Research shows that when employees feel higher levels of authenticity at work, they report greater job satisfaction, engagement, and higher levels of performance," she writes.
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