Severely unsettled one-year-olds risk poor mental health, experts caution

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Severely unsettled babies with sleeping, crying and feeding problems at the age of one are ten times more likely to have mental health problems during childhood, a new Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) study has found. Presenting her work at the Sleep DownUnder Conference in Brisbane today, project lead Dr. Fallon Cook said the findings provide strong evidence that poor mental …

Can Mental Health Parity Help Address the Mental/Behavioral Gap in Child Health?

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Children and youth face major gaps in access to mental and behavioral health services. Rates of identification of mental health conditions in the pediatric population continue to lag well behind what we know about the prevalence of these conditions. In addition, most children and youth with identified disorders do not get adequate treatment. Some access problems reflect major limitations in the …

What happens when schoolchildren live in violent neighborhoods?

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The effects are broader than previously known, a study finds. Researchers have shown — and teachers know — that schoolchildren exposed to neighborhood violence can have a tougher time learning, experiencing more stress and depression than their peers growing up in safe neighborhoods. But a Johns Hopkins University sociologist discovered that the consequences of neighborhood violence reach further than previously known, …

Twice a week, these Texas students circle up and talk about their feelings. It’s lowering suspensions and preventing violence.

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“Sometimes those behaviors we see as discipline problems really are because the student is struggling with their academics,” Principal La’Quesha Grigsby said. “We’re in a situation where we have to do something drastic … because what we’ve been doing is not working.” Over the past decade, schools across the country have looked to restorative justice — also referred to as …

Raising babies behind bars

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A bold experiment in parenting and punishment is allowing children in prison. But is that a good thing? The number of women behind bars increased more than 700 percent between 1980 and 2016, from roughly 26,000 to nearly 214,000, according to the Sentencing Project. The growth outpaced the increase in male incarceration by roughly 50 percent. The latest statistics on parents in …

Poll finds 4 in 5 Americans favor increase in mental health support for children

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According to new public opinion research released today and commissioned by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 87 percent of Americans agree there needs to be more mental health support (including increased treatment, therapy and prevention resources) available to help children and adolescents in their communities. “The survey confirms the public knows what the research shows and what we see in clinic – …

Report Finds Racial Disparity in Youth Confinement

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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

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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, …