Coordination and Communication are Key to Improving Mental Health and Criminal Justice in America

Mental health and criminal justice are a tangled mess in communities all across the country. Rather than supporting health from childhood through old age, our social systems show hardly any signs of understanding mental health at all. We don’t systematically recognize or have the capacity to respond to early indications for concern, and instead rely upon law enforcement to intervene …

Report Finds Racial Disparity in Youth Confinement

More than 70 million people in the United States are under the age of 18 and on any given day, about 48,000 juveniles are held in youth correctional facilities across the country, the Prison Policy Initiative’s Feb. 27 report states. While the number of minors confined in the U.S. could fill a small town, the statistics actually reflect an improvement in reducing …

What Colorado schools are doing for students’ mental health

The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced new guidelines to help spot signs of depression in pediatricians’ young patients. They are recommending that doctors carefully screen their patients ages 12 and over during their annual checkups. Some Colorado school districts have started taking steps to try and help their students through mental illness, including workshops and classes regarding suicide prevention, …

BRYAN STEVENSON ON WHAT WELL-MEANING WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RACE

An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices. You can’t understand many of the most destructive issues or policies in our country without understanding our history of racial inequality. I genuinely believe that, despite all of that victimization, the worst part of slavery was this narrative that we created about …

(NY) City Hospital System Is Expanding Children’s Mental Health Programs

Recognizing that negative childhood experiences can affect a person’s health long into adulthood, New York City’s public hospital system is expanding its mental health programs for children and adolescents. “Traditionally, everything was siloed,” Dr. Charles Barron, NYC Health & Hospitals’ deputy chief medical officer, said of the division between physical and mental health care. “Now we’re recognizing there’s a continuum …

Locking Kids in Jail for Misbehavior Isn’t Just Unfair—It’s Abuse

While wealthy kids might get grounded for a week, poor kids who run away from home or defend themselves from bullies might end up jailed for the rest of their teens. Being cut off from school could foreclose future possibilities of earning a high school degree, dimming their chances of escaping the poverty that often lies at the root of …

‘I just started flowing. It was the only thing that helped’

In tough neighborhoods, can high-school mental health counselors cut the school-to-prison pipeline? “You can ask any kindergarten teacher to pick out which one of their kids are most likely to get into trouble down the road, and they’re almost always right.” “So we need to get better at identifying kids earlier so you can intervene before it gets to be …

Resilience

  Download this one-pager. Stay tuned for our one-pager on Childhood Resilience!   For more on Resilience, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and more, see the resources below:   On building resilience: http://www.resiliencecenter.com/library/current-thinking-on-resilience/   On optimism: https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/this-1-mental-habit-helped-make-warren-buffett-a-billionaire.html   The ACE Quiz & what it means: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/02/387007941/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean   More on ACEs and how to address them: http://www.albertafamilywellness.org/   On the science of early childhood …