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July 2022

Teen Suicide Risk: What Parents Should Know [healthychildren.org]

If you're worried about your child's risk for suicide , you are not alone. In 2021, emergency departments across the U.S. noted a sharp rise in 12-to-17-year-olds needing treatment for suicidal thoughts or actions. And in a recent federal survey , more than 4 in 10 high school students reported feeling "persistently sad or hopeless," while 1 in 5 said they'd thought about suicide. Grief , isolation and fear caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are possible causes. But experts say the pressures...

Strategies to Help Parents and Families Create Healthy and Supportive School Environments [cdc.gov]

Parents and families have a powerful role in supporting children’s learning, health, and well-being at home and at school. When parents are engaged in their children’s school activities and initiatives, children get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills. Students who have parents involved in their school lives also are more likely to avoid unhealthy behaviors and they are less likely to be emotionally distressed. Positive relationships and coping skills...

Training Module Focuses on Substance Use Among Pregnant and Parenting Families [cfffutures.org]

A four-part training, Tribal Family Wellness Plan Learning Modules , developed by the Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams in collaboration with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute , provides guidance for tribal child welfare providers about implementing programs and practices that reduce the impact of substance use on pregnant and parenting families. The goals of the module include reducing the impact of substance use on pregnant and parenting families,...

Connecting Communities One Book at a Time launches July 13: Register now to learn from our national and Georgia partners how to lead a book study of 'What Happened To You?'

After more tha n two years of a deadly pandemic, a racial reckoning laying bare gross inequities, historic environmental catastrophes, and record-breaking gun violence and mental health challenges, could the first known national study of “What Happened to You?,” by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey, help us heal our collective trauma, one relationship and community at a time? That’s the question Carey Sipp, PACEs Connection director of strategic partnerships, hopes will be answered with a...

New Ken Burns PBS Documentary Offers Raw Look at the Youth Mental Health Crisis [the74million.org]

By Mark Keierleber, Photo: Erik Ewers, The 74, June 25, 2022 When brothers Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers set out to film a documentary about the mental health struggles of American youth, they knew they were tackling a pervasive problem unspoken about for far too long. What they didn’t realize were the lessons they’d come to uncover about themselves. Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness , a two-part documentary that premieres Monday on PBS, presents the raw accounts of nearly...

FREE WEBINAR: Stopping Extreme Disrespect: Family Trauma Solutions

Drama=Trauma. Extreme disrespect and button pushing between parent and child leads to constant drama. And in this pandemic world, disrespect is amplified to an all-time high, as stress in the family skyrockets. When this happens, family trauma explodes as attachment or nurturance between parent and child turns into unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment. DATE: Wednesday, July 20 TIME: 12 - 1 pm EST COST: Free with REGISTRATION HERE Dr. Scott Sells, the author of the FST| Family Systems...

Does Your Child Have an Unhealthy Relationship With Technology? [greatergood.berkeley.edu]

By Yalda Uhls, Greater Good Magazine, June 28, 2022 Several years ago, when my son was a preteen, I worried he was addicted to video games. I remember looking into his room and seeing his tiny body in an oversized office chair. He sat there for hours, wearing gigantic headphones and shouting to his fellow players while his fingers moved the gaming mouse. I told myself it was social. At least when he was playing the game, he was interacting with the other people playing the game with him.

Activities Guide: Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence [Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University]

Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. Our activities guide offers a variety of age-appropriate activities and games to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children. Each chapter contains activities suitable for a different age group, ranging from 6-18 months to adolescents. The...

Navigating Fatherhood as a Black Man [nytimes.com]

By Christina Caron, Image by Rachel Levit Ruiz, The New York Times, June 16, 2022 The editor of a new book of essays shares how Black men can attend to their mental health while growing their families. This year Father’s Day will fall on June 19, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States after the Civil War. And for Michael D. Hannon, an associate professor of counseling at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., that...

Introducing PACEs Connection's new resource for children and families displaced by war and violence

Although war, violence, and displacement have occurred as long as humans have engaged in conflict to solve their issues, it was the war in Ukraine that prompted us to create a resource guide for children and families displaced by war and violence. Estimates announced in May 2022 put the number of forcibly displaced people at 100 million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) . “The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide rose to 90 million by the end of...

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