Parents should address the current volatile political climate with children, lest they be unprepared when confronted with potential conflict, clinical social worker Gary Rotfus advises. "Parents need to explain to [children] that they should be cautious about who they talk to about politics because things can get easily out of hand," he notes.
Racism, sexual assault and general violence are major factors behind mental health issues among college students, new research indicates. Drawn from an analysis of 165 articles published from 2010 to 2015, the report says behavioral health services often are underutilized, with stigma -- sometimes related to the initial traumatic incident and sometimes connected to seeking help in general -- as a common reason.
Methamphetamine use is surging throughout the US, including the rural areas it devastated in the past, at the same time the nation is largely focusing on opioids. "The problem is addiction. Until they figure out why people want to get high and use drugs, it's always going to be something else," says Dustin Siebert, a former methamphetamine user.
The South Euclid Lyndhurst School District in Ohio is contracting with a youth services company to address bullying and other challenges to student well-being. Making A Difference Consulting, which uses a holistic approach for children and teens, conducts workshops for students and parents and has also integrated a Conscious Disciplining program focused on starting each day with a sense of community.
A Trump administration proposal to define biological sex as anatomically fixed at birth drew an indirect pushback from CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. "Stigmatizing" transgender persons might discourage them from seeking medical care, Redfield said.
Child welfare leaders in California are debating the merits of the new federal law that changes foster care, with a key concern involving potential funding cuts framed as promoting flexibility. Local directors and advocates participating in a meeting of the County Welfare Directors Association of California challenged a federal official over the potential effects of new and proposed US policies on the state.
We create positive energy for ourselves and people around us by making choices that apply our values in our work and lives, writes Susan Fowler. This energy is compounded when we strive to better ourselves through hard work and learning new skills, she writes.
Encourage your reports to set the agenda for their one-on-ones, even if you are also coming in with items to discuss, writes Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Company. "Your primary job is to absorb the information being shared with you, poke holes to figure out how an employee is actually feeling, let things marinate, and then figure out when you need to do," she writes.
NASW, Campaign for Youth Justice report puts spotlight on racial disparities in youth justice
NASW and the Campaign for Youth Justice released a joint report on the fact black youth are sent to adult courts and jails at much higher rates than white juveniles. This can have a damaging impact on their mental health and raise the risk that black youth in the system die by suicide. Read the full report: The Color of Juvenile Transfer: Policy and Practice Recommendations.
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