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40K Kids in the US may have lost a parent to COVID-19

Posted by Matt Swayne – Penn State, Futurity Approximately 40,000 children in the United States may have lost a parent to COVID-19 since February 2020, according to a statistical model. The researchers anticipate that without immediate interventions, the trauma from losing a parent could cast a shadow of mental health and economic problems well into […]

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. […]

A field at a crossroad: how the bilateral framework can push the field forward

Cavell, T. A., Spencer, R., & McQuillin, S. D. (2021). Back to the Future: Mentoring as Means and End in Promoting Child Mental Health. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 0(0), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2021.1875327 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The mentoring field has reached a turning point where researchers and practitioners have to decide whether […]

Fostering Relationships During COVID-19

By Maria Duarte, American Youth Policy Forum   COVID-19 Impact Over the past year, COVID-19 has directly impacted the lives of millions of families across the world. Our daily routines have transformed, and our new “normal” is quite a different way of living. Specifically, vulnerable populations such as the global majority[1], elderly, children, and people […]

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. […]

Merrell and Big Brothers Big Sisters Partner to Bring the Power of the Outside to More Youth

By Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Merrell recently announced that they will be forming a multi-year partnership in order to help make the outdoors (i.e. parks and trails) more accessible and equitable for youths living across the U.S. and Canada.  In hopes of promoting physical and mental health among youth […]

Youth mental health is a global issue

Written by Amanda Nguyen Society of Research on Adolescence A few years ago, on sharing my goal to pursue research that would improve youth mental health and well-being in low-resource settings, I received a reply, “But isn’t mental health kind of a first world problem?” At the time, I was caught a bit off guard, […]