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Say it Loud: Black Pride is Mental Health

By Matthew Hobson, International Youth Foundation During Black History Month, IYF is highlighting issues and elevating voices around Black mental health and wellbeing. In Baltimore, a project called the Healing Youth Alliance equips young people in the city with the training, knowledge, and support they need to be champions for mental health and healing in […]

Making the case for paraprofessional mentoring …40 years ago

by Jean Rhodes In 1979, a young psychology professor named Joseph Durlak published a controversial study in Psychological Bulletin that sent ripples through the helping professions. What Joe sought to do was to combine all published studies that had compared the outcomes of experienced psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers with those of paraprofessionals (i.e., nonexpert, […]

A National Agenda for Children’s Mental Health

By Jessica Dym Bartlett and Brandon Stratford, Child Trends The social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children and youth is a critical aspect of human development that lays the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many as one in five children had a diagnosed mental health disorder. While research […]

The State Of Mental Health In America

By Mental Health America Key Findings Youth mental health is worsening. 9.7% of youth in the U.S. have severe major depression, compared to 9.2% in last year’s dataset. This rate was highest among youth who identify as more than one race, at 12.4%. Even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness among adults was increasing. […]

The mental health field is overwhelmingly White. This group for Black Baltimore teens hopes to change that

By Angela Roberts, Baltimore Sun Although mental health is an important thing for people to look after, there are still a lot of barriers for marginalized populations in obtaining professional help.  This article showcases the experiences of youth in Healing Youth Alliance (a new mental health advocacy organization that aims to help Black youth better […]

The Fear of Speaking Out About Mental Health Is Persistent. We Need to Reach Out to Each Other

By : Cecile Stone, America’s Promise Alliance This piece is part of “Dear Adult Leaders: #ListenToYouth,” a four-week series produced in collaboration with The 74 to elevate student voices in the national conversation as schools and districts navigate how to educate our country’s youth in a global pandemic. In this series, students write open letters […]

[Webinar] Mental health and well-being of adolescents around the world during COVID-19

Date: Dec 10, 2020 10:00 AM CT  COVID-19 is having a huge impact on adolescents around the world. With the ongoing push for lockdowns, social distancing, and online/remote learning, the pandemic is taking a toll on peoples’ well-being. This webinar will present research on adolescent mental health from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Click […]

The vital importance of social networks in the lives of vulnerable youth

Nevard, I., Green, C., Bell, V., Gellatly, J., Brooks, H., & Bee, P. (2020). Conceptualising the social networks of vulnerable children and young people: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-020-01968-9 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Vulnerable youth have a higher risk of contracting physical illnesses, mental health issues, unhealthy […]

The pandemic has taken a toll on young adults’ mental health. A new study reveals just how severe it is

By Arianna MacNeill, Boston.com  It may come as no surprise that young adults are experiencing higher rates of depression and other mental health concerns as the COVID-19 pandemic rages forward in the U.S. But just how much higher are these cases compared to the pre-pandemic past? A new report led by Massachusetts General Hospital, and […]

Moving Into the Long Term

With some colleges and universities planning to continue online learning into the spring, students are now looking at over a year of learning from home. How will their well-being and academics be affected? By Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed As the school semester comes to a close, remote learning remains the recommended option for students. […]