During the last 5 years, the number of hospital admissions for self-harm has risen by 93 percent among girls and by 45 percent among boys aged 10 to 14. It has been estimated that around 10 percent of all 5‑16 year-olds in the U.K. are affected by some kind of mental health problem. While a range of mental health disorders, such as ADHD, autism, anorexia nervosa, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and panic disorder have been shown to have increased risk recurrence ratios within families, there is also a strong body of evidence showing the negative effects of various traumas to childhood mental health. READ MORE
A new Canadian pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth significantly lessened cases of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. University of Alberta researchers led the EMPATHY program in a local school district from 2013 to 2015. The program was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12. READ MORE
Children in the care system – who are more likely to have mental health difficulties than others in the wider population – are not more at risk due to being in care, according to new research from the University of York. The study, led by Professor Nina Biehal in York’s Department of Social Policy and Social Care and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), suggests that mental health issues can also be down to a child’s treatment before they entered local authority care. READ MORE
An illuminating essay by the parent of an autistic child.
From National Public Radio:
The Bedtime Pass Helps Parents And Kids Skip The Sleep Struggles
Children often don’t want to go to sleep, and parents don’t like to put them to bed. A simple card makes it much less of a struggle, researchers say, giving everyone in the family some control.
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The Child Watch Column is written by Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund.
This week’s Child Watch Column – “Hanging on to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive” – is particularly informative and inspirational. I highly recommend reading it in light of recent events. Click Here to read.
In this week’s column, Mrs. Edelman’s talks about Bryan Stevenson, founder and president of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy.
“South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world’s leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson “America’s Nelson Mandela.” He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban “death sentences” — capital punishment and life imprisonment without parole for offenses committed by juveniles.”
Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children’s Defense Fund. Mrs. Edelman’s Child Watch Column also appears each week on The Huffington Post and on the Children’s Defense Fund web site.
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An annual report on how children are faring in the United States
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Approximately 48 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands designate professions whose members are mandated by law to report suspected child maltreatment.
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