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For a Strong Economy, Focus on Inclusive Growth [citylab.com]

Amid deepening inequality in America’s cities, there have been increasingly urgent calls for economic growth to be more inclusive. There’s also growing recognition that with President Donald Trump in office and Republicans in charge of Congress and many states, this is an area where cities and local governments will have to lead. I recently wrote about how anchor institutions like universities, medical centers, big tech companies, and real estate developers must become partners in inclusive...

How Bad Apples Spoil the Whole Bunch [themarshallproject.org]

You may have read about Michael Hamill, the “hot cop” from Gainesville, Florida, who became famous for his hunky good looks shortly after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Sunshine State. You may recall that Hamill’s fame immediately exposed him as someone who was comfortable making anti-Semitic jokes online , a transgression for which he promptly was suspended . Over the past few years, the news has been filled with stories of police officers disciplined for posting material online that...

Experts confirm gender identity is biological and say insurers should cover trans health needs [thinkprogress.org]

The Endocrine Society, an international organization of medical experts and biological researchers, has released a new set of guidelines for caring for transgender patients. Along with the guidelines, the organization has issued a position statement calling on federal and private insurers to cover the costs of all medical interventions a physician might prescribe for a transgender patient, including hormone replacement therapies and surgeries. The updated guidelines and position statement...

Chat Live with Sebern Fisher on ACEs Connection

"Evidence with neurofeedback suggests that trauma-informed treatment should also be brain-informed treatment- and not just to know that the brain is an issue, but to work with it directly.” Sebern Fisher, Neuofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain. Neurofeedback for ACEs: Chat with Sebern Fisher Oct. 10th (10 AM PST / 1 PM EST) Chats are live, online discussions - not webinars. We gather and connect, via chat messaging to share stories, resources,...

UCLA Offers Depression Screening To Thousands Of Incoming Students [khn.org]

Emilia Szmyrgala turned into a zombie during midterms and finals — a sleepless, non-showering, isolated study monster focused entirely on acing her exams. The 21-year-old senior at UCLA remembers it being worse in her freshman and sophomore years. When she got into this mode, she might not eat anything all day, except for some Twizzlers. Fears of failure crept in, and life became overwhelming. “As I got older, I realized I have to take care of myself,” Szmyrgala said. “Even in those finals...

Former mayor joins national organization in advisory role [bizjournals.com]

Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has been asked to serve in an advisory role for a national organization. Wharton will serve on the advisory committee for the D.C.-based Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP). Memphian Ellen Rolfes , the executive director of Memphis' Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Awareness Foundation, was also tapped to serve on CTIPP's board. CTIPP is a coalition of policymakers, doctors, psychologists and non-profit leaders advocating for...

Resilience Zeroes Out ACEs

My organization Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) Coalition was founded in 2003. TRY became a member of Search Institute in 2009. I started concentrating on ACEs in 2014, when by "accident" I came across the ACE Survey. To my surprise my ACE score was 9. I learned how to function as a 9, survive as a 9 and guide others out of the darkness as a 9. I didn't realize that I lived in darkness and therefore that I did not realize that "light" existed. Although the subject has evolved to include...

UK - The legacy of child abuse lives on long after survivors have moved into adulthood

The Crime Survey of England and Wales (year ending March 2016) shows a higher proportion of survivors of child abuse (psychological, physical, sexual assault or who witnessed domestic abuse) went on to experience abuse in adulthood compared with those who suffered no childhood abuse. Find out more about the impact of child abuse in later life through our latest article .

In the South, Bankruptcy is Different, Especially for Black Debtors [projects.propublica.org]

For consumers, there are two main options under federal bankruptcy law: Chapter 7, which wipes away most debts, or Chapter 13, which usually requires five years of payments before debts are forgiven. In most of the country, people choose Chapter 7. But two overlapping groups — debtors in the South and black debtors — disproportionately file under Chapter 13. About half of Chapter 13 cases are dismissed, usually because debtors failed to make their payments. This can leave them worse off than...

Caught in the Bankruptcy Feedback Loop [theatlantic.com]

Black Americans are far less likely than their white peers to successfully erase their debts in court—and a network of attorneys profits as a result. Novasha Miller pushed through the revolving doors of the black glass tower on Jefferson Avenue last December and felt a rush of déjà vu. The building, conspicuous in Memphis’ modest skyline along the Mississippi River, looms over its neighbors. Then she remembered: Years ago, as a teenager, she’d accompanied her mother inside. Now she was 32,...

How Exercise Might Increase your Self-Control [nytimes.com]

For most of us, temptations are everywhere, from the dessert buffet to the online shoe boutique. But a new study suggests that exercise might be a simple if unexpected way to increase our willpower and perhaps help us to avoid making impulsive choices that we will later regret. Self-control is one of those concepts that we all recognize and applaud but do not necessarily practice. It requires forgoing things that entice us, which, let’s face it, is not fun. On the other hand, lack of...

Teen suicide is hard to predict. Some experts are turning to machines for help [chicagotribune.com]

In any given week, Ben Crotte, a behavioral health therapist at Children's Home of Cincinnati, speaks to dozens of students in need of an outlet. Their challenges run the adolescent gamut, from minor stress about an upcoming test to severe depression, social isolation and bullying. Amid the flood of conversations, meetings and paperwork, the challenge for Crotte - and mental health professionals everywhere - is separating hopeless expressions of pain and suffering from crucial warning signs...

Walla Walla, WA City Council Names October as Resilience Awareness Month [union-bulletin.com]

Proclamation: The mayor will proclaim October as Resilience Awareness Month in a presentation to Children’s Resilience Initiative Director Teri Barila. [For more on this story, go to http://www.union-bulletin.com/news/local_governments/walla_walla/agenda---walla-walla-ctiy-council/article_47156f68-a2ea-11e7-9472-d7890f8619d9.html ] Photo: Second and Main in Walla Walla, Washington

REPORT: Suicidality and Death by Suicide Among Middle-Aged Adults in the United States [samhsa.gov]

Suicide is a national public health concern. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States in 2013. 1 Recent research indicates that suicide is at a 30-year high. 2 In addition, other reports conclude that the suicide rate is rising sharply for males aged 45 to 64 (from 20.8 to 29.7 deaths per 100,000 between 1999 and 2014) and females aged 45 to 64 also had...

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