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Tips from the American Psychological Association on talking about mental health

Editor’s Note: As May is National Mental Health Month, we are focusing on tips and tools mentors and programs can integrate into their mentoring relationships to provide support to the mentors as well as the mentees, themselves. This article was originally posted by the American Psychological Association, with links to sources from the American Psychiatric […]

Stay Attuned: Mentorship can Bridge the Nation’s Divides

by Julia Pryce The slogan, “America First,” championed by President Donald Trump and echoed in many of his administration’s recent policies, is an inherently divisive statement. It infers the exceptionality of Americans above and beyond citizens of the rest of the world. It energizes a cycle of separation, disconnection, and fear. The Southern Poverty Law […]

A hidden benefit of cross-race/culture mentoring

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working By Katherine W. Phillips (from Scientific American) Credit: Edel Rodriguez In Brief Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of […]

National Mentoring Resource Center: Mentoring for youth with mental health challenges

Written by Michael Garringer The National Mentoring Resource Center is happy to announce the release of another entry in our series of evidence reviews on mentoring specific populations of youth. We recently posted Mentoring for Youth with Mental Health Challenges, authored by Dr. Michelle Munson and her colleague James Railey at New York University. Dr. […]

Unrelated negative feelings can impact your actions in different ways, new research shows

Written by Alexis Blue-U. Arizona Researchers at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the University of Gronigen, in the Netherlands, have recently published a study on the effects of negative emotions on behavior. While their research was conducted with the workplace in mind, there are key lessons to be learned from their findings. […]

Ditch the small talk: When being direct with your mentee can be a lifeline in a crisis

Crisis hotlines have been around for years, but until recently there’s been very little data on which counseling strategies seemed most effective at helping people cope. The recent emergence of text-based crisis help lines is changing that. Designed for people who prefer texting to talking, these services generate large datasets of anonymous counseling sessions—raw material […]

More than just shared interests: New study highlights the importance of engaged listening for mentor-mentee connection

Larsson, M., Pettersson, C., Skoog, T., & Eriksson, C. (2016). Enabling relationship formation,development, and closure in a one-year female mentoring program at a non-governmental organization: A mixed methods study. BMC Public Health, 16, 1-14. Doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2850-2 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Mental illness rates among young women aged 16-24 have increased significantly in the […]

Christiane Amanpour reflects on how riding lessons prepared her for life

Chapter 3 of Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s book: The Person Who Changed My Life, Iranian journalist and television host, Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN and host of CNN International’s nightly interview program Amanpour reflects on the lessons her strict riding instructor taught her and how those lessons prepared her for life.       […]

Mentoring For Youth With Backgrounds Of Involvement In Commercial Sex Activity

Group Review Board David DuBois, Ph.D., Chair and Jennifer K. Felner (University of Illinois at Chicago) National Mentoring Resource Center This review examines research on mentoring for youth with backgrounds of involvement (or high-risk for involvement) in commercial sex activity (YCSA). The review is organized around four questions: What is the documented effectiveness of mentoring […]

On sparks, purpose, and natural mentors

Reflections on Natural Mentoring Conference by Peter Samuelson, Director, Research & Evaluation, Thrive Foundation If we want to increase the number of caring adults in the lives of youth, where might they be found? In the mentoring field, the metaphor of “fishing” has been used to illustrate mentoring. To increase the presence of caring adults […]