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The youth mental health crisis is real, but teachers can’t solve it alone

By David B. Shapiro and Stephanie M. Jones, The Hill The U.S. surgeon general this month issued a stark warning about the state of mental health among America’s youth. Citing mounting evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to social isolation, feelings of hopelessness, and self-harm among adolescents, his public health advisory urged immediate action […]

Online interventions can ease teen depression

Just two online single-session interventions can help curb teen depression, a new study of more than 2,400 adolescents ages 13 to 16 shows. Posted by Gregory Filiano (Stony Brook), Futurity The tool is very much needed given a rise in teen depression and loss of some in-person mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teenagers […]

The impact mentoring has on the psychological & academic outcomes of unaccompanied migrant youth in Barcelona

Alarcón, X., Bobowik, M., & Prieto-Flores, Ò. (2021). Mentoring for Improving the Self-Esteem, Resilience, and Hope of Unaccompanied Migrant Youth in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(10), 5210.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105210 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The number of unaccompanied migrant youths in Europe has grown over the past few […]

Computer-, smartphone-based treatments effective at reducing symptoms of depression

Moshe, I., Terhorst, Y., Philippi, P., Domhardt, M., Cuijpers, P., Cristea, I., Pulkki-Råback, L., Baumeister, H., & Sander, L. B. (2021). Digital Interventions for the Treatment of Depression. Psychological Bulletin.  By American Psychological Association WASHINGTON — Computer- and smartphone-based treatments appear to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression, and while it remains unclear whether they are […]

Mentoring youth in foster care: The impact relationship histories has on the youth trauma symptoms & mental health outcomes

Weiler, L. M., Lee, S.-K., Zhang, J., Ausherbauer, K., Schwartz, S. E. O., Kanchewa, S. S., & Taussig, H. N. (2021). Mentoring Children in Foster Care: Examining Relationship Histories as Moderators of Intervention Impact on Children’s Mental Health and Trauma Symptoms. American Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12549 Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest: Although caring relationships with […]

[Webinar] Mental Health and Intersectionality: Gaps and Opportunities in Serving Youth

Date: Dec 16, 2021, 01:00 PM EST  Although mental health is an important issue for teachers and youth workers during the pandemic, training and mental health services are oftentimes meant for the public and don’t specifically address the needs of certain youth subpopulations.   Join this webinar to learn more about the current, intersectional gaps and […]

When COVID robbed children of their friendships, learning suffered

By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, The Harvard Gazette After the pandemic closed schools last year, hospitals saw a surge in mental health-related emergency visits among children 18 and under. The statistics have been grim enough that a large cohort of the nation’s top pediatricians recently declared a “national emergency” in child and adolescent mental health. COVID disrupted […]

Surgeon general warns of emerging youth mental health crisis in rare public advisory

By Howard Blume and Melissa Gomez, Los Angles Times Citing mounting evidence of ongoing harm, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy on Tuesday issued a public health advisory on the mental health challenges confronting youth, a rare warning and call to action to address what he called an emerging crisis exacerbated by pandemic hardships. Symptoms […]

15 Strategies and Tips to Guide Youth in the Months Ahead

By Robin Cox, Mentoring Matters Recently I shared research on the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns on youth with some local mentors. While the impact will vary from country to country, there were some common themes which I will share in this blog, ending with some strategies and tips anyone guiding youth can adapt […]

“Off to a good start:” How digital therapeutics could change mental health care (and mentoring)

The field of “digital therapeutics,” software designed for diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, is coming into its own By Kirsten Weir, American Psychological Association Society’s reliance on technology has reached unprecedented heights during the COVID-19 pandemic. People have had to rely on their computers and smartphones to complete routine errands, to work and attend […]