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Why better data on students’ networks can start the school year off right

By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute Back to school means back to building relationships. Across high school campuses this fall, the first weeks of class will be marked by new rosters, ice breakers, hopes and dreams conferences, and the like as teachers set out to get to know their students and to help students […]

OPINION: There’s an effective way to guide our students through mental health problems

By Chelsea Waite and Julia Freeland Fisher, The Hechinger Reporter New CDC data out last month revealed that more than 4 in 10 teens report feeling “persistently sad or hopeless.” The data reflects what parents and educators have learned intimately over the last two years: Young people are struggling with mental health. Unfortunately, schools tend […]

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Race, Racism, and Relationships: What Matters for Teens’ Mental Health?

By Jessica Stern, YouthNEX Think back to your teenage years: Was it a happy time in your life, or did you struggle with feelings of depression? Did you lean on your close friends or family members for support, or did you deal with your feelings by yourself? And did you ever experience racial discrimination in […]

The state of the teen mental health crisis — and how to help

By Erica Pandey, Axios Never have so many kids reported being so sad and stressed. Why it matters: The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the mental health crisis among children and teens a national emergency. Zoom out: Consider these troubling stats, reported by Axios health care editor Tina Reed. Mental distress: More than 40% of […]

Show empathy and offer support gently: Tips for supporting students with mental health struggles.

Adolescents are readying for the next step in a seemingly endless set of challenges. Here’s how to help them regulate their emotions. By Lisa Damour, The New York Times Many young people are experiencing mixed feelings as they enter another school year that’s disrupted by the pandemic. In this article, Lisa Bamour shares some suggestions […]

Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright

  By Susanna Schrobsdorff, TIME The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the tub at her home outside Bangor, Maine, with a metal clip from a pen in her hand. Then she sliced […]

Teens Asked, We Answered: The Truth About COVID-19 Vaccines

By Pien Huang, NPR Alba Feliz is a little nervous about getting the vaccine. At 17, she’s the first person in her immediate family to seriously consider getting it. “In my house, they never really trust the vaccine,” she says. Social media has been her main source of information, and the contradictory messages have been […]

Mott Poll Report: How the pandemic has impacted teen mental health

By  C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital: National Poll on Children’s Health Restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19 may be particularly difficult for teens, who rely heavily on their peer and social connections for emotional support. In 2021, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about the emotional […]

How To Talk — And Listen — To A Teen With Mental Health Struggles

By Anya Kamenetz, NPR The pandemic is having a significant impact on youths’ mental health. With the loss of routines and milestones, many are struggling to cope.  This NPR podcast episode/article discusses some of the ways parents can help support teens and when teens should seek professional help.    To access the resource, please click here. […]