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Talking With a Child About Diseases

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Talking With a Child About Diseases-Guidelines For Telling Your Child That a Family Member Has a Serious Disease or Illness

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Why are So Many Teens and 20-Somethings Today Anxiety-Ridden?

I am a family practice doc who sees teens and 20-somethings daily in my practice. And I have raised 3 teenagers in the past 9 years, as well as a beautiful group of their teenaged and 20-something…
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Are we too plugged in and not really connected?  Some good considerations on why we are seeing so much anxiety.
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Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America | Mental Health | Scoop.it
School shootings and widespread community gun violence are far greater in the United States than other nations. America cannot be great and realize its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if our children are not safe from gun violence. Although security measures are important, a focus on simply preparing for shootings is insufficient. We need a change in mindset and policy from reaction to prevention. Prevention entails more than security measures and begins long before a gunman comes to school. We need a comprehensive public health approach to gun violence that is informed by scientific evidence and free from partisan politics. A public health approach to protecting children as well as adults from gun violence involves three levels of prevention: (1) universal approaches promoting safety and well-being for everyone; (2) practices for reducing risk and promoting protective factors for persons experiencing difficulties; and (3) interventions for individuals where violence is present or appears imminent. On the first level we need: 1. A national requirement for all schools to assess school climate and maintain physically and emotionally safe conditions and positive school environments that protect all students and adults from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and assault; 2. A ban on assault-style weapons, high-capacity ammunition clips, and products that modify semi-automatic firearms to enable them to function like automatic firearms. On the second level we need: 3. Adequate staffing (such as counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers) of coordinated school- and community-based mental health services for individuals with risk factors for violence, recognizing that violence is not intrinsically a product of mental illness; 4. Reform of school discipline to reduce exclusionary practices and foster positive social, behavioral, emotional, and academic success for students; 5. Universal background checks to screen out violent offenders, persons who have been hospitalized for violence towards self or others, and persons on no-fly, terrorist watch lists. On the third level we need: 6. A national program to train and maintain school- and community-based threat assessment teams that include mental health and law enforcement partners. Threat assessment programs should include practical channels of communication for persons to report potential threats as well as interventions to resolve conflicts and assist troubled individuals; 7. Removal of legal barriers to sharing safety-related information among educational, mental health, and law enforcement agencies in cases where a person has threatened violence; 8. Laws establishing Gun Violence Protection Orders that allow courts to issue time-limited restraining orders requiring that firearms be recovered by law enforcement when there is evidence that an individual is planning to carry out acts against others or against themselves. Congress and the executive branch must remove barriers to gun violence research and institute a program of scientific research on gun violence that encompasses all levels of prevention. We contend that well-executed laws can reduce gun violence while protecting all Constitutional rights. It’s time for federal and state authorities to take immediate
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A very concise document on Gun Violence Prevention. 
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OK2SAY - Submit a Tip

OK2SAY - Submit a Tip | Mental Health | Scoop.it

What is OK2SAY? OK2SAY is a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats. A Culture of Silence In the majority of violent incidents that occur in our schools, someone other than the perpetrator of violence knows of a threat before it’s carried out but fails to report it. Often, students choose to keep quiet because they fear retaliation, rejection, or stigmatization by their peers. The result is a culture of silence in which students suffer harm that could have been prevented if another had chosen to speak out. A Commitment to Safety The goal of OK2SAY is to stop harmful behavior before it occurs by encouraging anyone to report threatening behavior to caring adult authorities who can help. OK2SAY encourages Michigan residents to confidentially submit tips 24/7 using the OK2SAY mobile app, online, email, texting, or by calling trained program technicians. Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY technicians address the immediate need and forward the information to the appropriate responding law enforcement agency or organization. Tips go to schools, local law enforcement agencies, community mental health agencies or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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A good resource to share with all students about providing tips for potenital dangerous behaviors in a anonymous way. 
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A Real Fix: The Gun Free Way to School Safety

A Real Fix: The Gun Free Way to School Safety | Mental Health | Scoop.it
SSWAA has always been concerned about school violence. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT, SSWAA worked closely with other stakeholder groups to develop A real fix: The gun-free way to school safety. It is still available on the web at: https://b.3cdn.net/advancement/78db1dd92e7fc2f6e8_21m6bck09.pdf. We also worked with other specialized instructional support groups to develop A framework for safe and successful schools. 
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This was recommended by the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA). 
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Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence

Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence | Mental Health | Scoop.it
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This powerpoint is similar to a presentation given ast Oakland Schools.  It will idenitfy the types of threats and start guiding your thinking.  Purchasing the book "Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence" is recommended.
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Standard Depression Survey May Not Work As Well For Black Teens

Standard Depression Survey May Not Work As Well For Black Teens | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Depression is an equal opportunity malady. It affects people from all walks of life, be they rich or poor, young or old, or black or white. But it’s apparent there are some groups who are more vulnerable to depression than others, such as those living in poverty or who regularly face discrimination. A recent study, published in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, suggests that different groups of people also talk about depression differently. In particular, poorer black kids discuss their feelings of depression differently than other demographic groups.
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This article demonstrates the need for knowing well the population that you are working with.
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Men & Trauma: 5 Dynamic, Solution-Focused Questions to Use in Therapy

Men & Trauma:  5 Dynamic, Solution-Focused Questions to Use in Therapy | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Guest Author: Daniel Lawson, LMHC, CASAC             “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” -  Karl Jung Jung penned these words in 1965, and I find myself returning to them often in my work. The intention of this blog post is to provide…
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Great questions to address trauma.  
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Startling Facts About Teenagers And Mental Illness [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

Startling Facts About Teenagers And Mental Illness [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Learn more about teenage mental illness and how you can help.
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Not sure if these stats are accurate for USA.  But they probably are not far different.  Educators should be considering these stats in their decision making at all levels.  How can and will they accommodate. 
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CDC Features - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness

CDC Features - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASDs. Read about Melissa’s experience with alcohol use during pregnancy. Information about the new FASD app is also provided.
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FASD Awareness day is next week.  What can you do to spread awareness? 
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Best in Mental Health (2/1/16 – 2/14/16)

Best in Mental Health (2/1/16 – 2/14/16) | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Mental Health Roundup
This contains some of the latest news in social work, healthcare, private practice and more!

This week’s wrap-up has 5 main themes:

Healthcare
Advocacy/Cultural Sensitivity
Therapy/Relationships
Mental Health & Technology
Career/Private Practice/NonProfit
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This is great to find a number of newer helpful resources on the web. 

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Engaging and Re-engaging Students and Families - Professional Learning Modules

Enhancing motivation is a central concern in all efforts to improve schools. That is why engagement and re-engagement are foundational considerations in unifying and developing a comprehensive and equitable system of learning supports. 

The set of four modules provides a perspective on motivation that goes beyond mainly reinforcing and enforcing behavior. The emphasis is on:

expanding understanding of engagement, re‑engagement, and intrinsic motivation in the context of school improvement and school climatehighlighting strategic approaches to engaging and re‑engaging students, with special attention to avoiding over‑reliance on extrinsic reinforcers and minimizing practices that can produce reactanceengaging and re‑engaging families by attending to differences among families and other primary caretakers with respect to resources, motivation and needs, and barriers to involvement with the school

•        stressing that teachers can't and should not be expected to do it all alone. Rather their work needs to be embedded into a unified and comprehensive system of learning supports and that system should be built with a view to engaging and re‑engaging students, families, and all the professionals who have a stake in improving sch

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How would you use this information to talk about UDL? and FBA/BIPS?   PBiS?

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Have you seen anyone with a semicolon tattoo? Here's what it's about.

Have you seen anyone with a semicolon tattoo? Here's what it's about. | Mental Health | Scoop.it
One small character, one big purpose.
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If you have seen one of these, here's what it is about and how it started.

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Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma

Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma | Mental Health | Scoop.it
De-escalation strategies can help prevent students’ emotional outbursts, and aid them and their peers in finding calm after one.
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This is a good primer on trauma. Click on some of the hyperlinks and share with those who might need this information. 
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New Logan Square Coffeeshop Hopes To Remove Mental Health Stigmas

New Logan Square Coffeeshop Hopes To Remove Mental Health Stigmas | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Sip of Hope, opening Thursday, is a partnership with Dark Matter Coffee
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What a great concept.  Why do places for help need to look steril?
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Here's How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say

Here's How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say | Mental Health | Scoop.it

After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns. On the Friday after the deadly shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Matthew Mayer, a professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, got an email during a faculty meeting. The email was from Shane Jimerson, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Both specialize in the study of school violence. That email led to nearly two weeks of long days, Mayer says, for some of the leading experts in the field. On conference calls and in Google docs they shaped a concise, eight-point "Call for Action To Prevent Gun Violence In The United States of America." About 200 universities, national education and mental health groups, school districts, and more than 2,300 individual experts have signed on to support this document in the weeks since. Their topline message: Don't harden schools. Make them softer, by improving social and emotional health. "If we're really talking about prevention, my perspective is that we should go for the public health approach," says Ron Avi Astor at the University of Southern California, who also helped draft the plan.

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This article presents a public health approach to the school shooting crisis.  Ron Avi Astor was present at the @SSWAA conference last week. 
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Should Schools Be Doing 'Active-Shooter Drills'?

Should Schools Be Doing 'Active-Shooter Drills'? | Mental Health | Scoop.it
The psychological effects of realistic simulations could be dangerous.
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While this article gives no solid data, it still points to the fact that we need to evaluate the actions that we do in the name of safety and whether these actions could do more harm that good. 
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Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence Book: Dewey Cornell and Peter Sheras.

Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence Book: Dewey Cornell and Peter Sheras. | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence Book [Dewey Cornell and Peter Sheras] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With fifteen years of supporting research, this is the only threat assessment model listed in the federal government's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. An efficient and effective way to resolve student threats and reduce use of school suspension. Used in thousands of schools nationwide. Training available from the author at the University of Virginia.
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This book was reccommended by Dewey Cornell when  he was at Oakland Schools in December, 2017.  He stated that it is a good start towards creating policy and procedures.  He also underscored that no threat assessment tool is 100% accurate, but it can assist in the prevention of possible incidents in the future. 
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4 Ways To Get Help For Clinical Depression | Daily Infographic

4 Ways To Get Help For Clinical Depression | Daily Infographic | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Learn more about clinical depression, including how common the condition is and how to get help.
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13 Reasons Why | Suicide Prevention Resource Center

13 Reasons Why | Suicide Prevention Resource Center | Mental Health | Scoop.it
SPRC has received many questions about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (13RW). We list the most common questions from parents, schools, media, and community leaders below, with resources to help you talk about the series and suicide risk and prevention.
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While this has not been discussed lately, it is still a nice resource. 
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13 Reason Why.

13 Reason Why. | Mental Health | Scoop.it
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series that focuses on an adolescent girl who killed herself and left behind a series of audio recordings that explain reasons why she committed suicide. Based on a bestselling book by Jay Asher, the show has garnered significant media attention related to the way the series portrays trauma in the forms of sexual assault, bullying, verbal emotional and physical abuse. Interviews with Jay Asher and the series producers suggested that their intent for the series was to be a catalyst for educators and community leaders to engage adolescents in dialogue on the serious topics of suicide, bullying and sexual violence as a means of prevention. Concerns about the graphic content in 13 Reasons Why have been raised by teachers, mental health professionals, and practitioners across the country.
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SSWAA has a statement and tips for addressing this Movie.  Scroll down about half way on their webpage or go to http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.sswaa.org/resource/resmgr/website/13reasonswhy_sswaa_response.pdf

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15 Things To Say To Help An Anxious Child Find Calm

15 Things To Say To Help An Anxious Child Find Calm | Mental Health | Scoop.it
15 things to say for anxious children
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Helpful resource for before and when a child become anxious.
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The Wisconsin
School Mental Health
Framework
Integrating School Mental Health with
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

The Wisconsin<br/>School Mental Health<br/>Framework<br/>Integrating School Mental Health with<br/>Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports | Mental Health | Scoop.it
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This gives some good considerations and tools for assessing how your school/district is addressing mental health.  
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10 Things Therapists Wish Everyone Would Do

10 Things Therapists Wish Everyone Would Do | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Therapists share their secrets for dealing with life's difficulties and becoming happy.
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Some good thoughts that connect with a healthy life style.

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UCLA School Mental Health Project

UCLA School Mental Health Project | Mental Health | Scoop.it
UCLA School Mental Health Project
Homepage. The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools is one of two
national training and technical assistance centers focused on mental health in schools.* Our center approaches mental health and
psychosocial concerns from the broad perspective of addressing barriers to learning and promoting
healthy development. Specific attention is given to polices and strategies that can counter
fragmentation and enhance collaboration between school and community programs
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While not a glitzy website, there are a number of information and educational resources for mental health and learning supports on this website.   Worth roaming around for a while.

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