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Mental Health Facts & Figures

On behalf of the mental health and substance use treatment organizations we support across the country, we are proud to recognize Mental Health Month in May and support behavioral health care all year long. We hope these resources will help you now and in the future! Mental Health Facts & Figures Here are some data points you can use to speak to the scope of mental health: 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each...

Social-emotional learning is essential to 'build back better'

Last month, we reached the one-year mark of distance learning — a year which forced a generation of students and adults to re-examine what we thought we knew about school and proved that how we learn and how we feel are deeply interconnected. The past year provided insight into how we must rebuild our education system better, which was even reflected in the theme of Social and Emotional Learning Day 2021: “Building bonds, reimagining community.” The idea of “building back better” has been...

Normalizing Men as Caregivers Helps Families and Society

When we imagine a caregiver, we often picture a woman: a mother caring for young children, spouse, and the daily household chores, a daughter nursing a father with disabilities, or a female child care provider. Historically, women have been expected to serve as primary providers of “caretaking” work, whether it’s parenting or caring for an aging family member or paid work in positions typically associated with women such as child-care providers, nurses, or health aide. Alternativley, men are...

How These Districts Prioritized Relationships and Social-Emotional Support During the Pandemic

When schools shuttered suddenly more than a year ago, teachers and staff scrambled to recreate their school communities as best they could in a virtual environment. And while teaching and learning is a central component, not to be overlooked are the other, auxiliary experiences: the relationships forged, the support services provided, the social-emotional needs met. As schools sought to provide high-quality instruction to their students during the pandemic, they also wrestled with how best...

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Michael Belh

Avoid putting young offenders in detention, AG tells police in NJ

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Starting next month, New Jersey police and prosecutors should consider using any of a number of methods to avoid placing a juvenile offender in detention under a directive issued Thursday by the state attorney general. The goal of the new order from Gurbir Grewal , which takes effect Jan. 11, is to minimize the number of youth behind bars, a longtime goal of youth and social justice advocates. New Jersey’s adoption of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in 2004 led to an...Read More...
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