. “We’ve never needed to learn to listen to young people more than today,” a reader writes. Also: Downwardly mobile in America; the spread of disinformation.

There has been a steady increase in the number of children who are seen in emergency rooms for behavior health services, according to a study from the journal Pediatrics, and the increase started even before the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought record high demand for psychological services for children. Most kids labeled as having an “emotional disability” and shunted into public special education schools are Black or Latino, and low income — while wealthier families more often access a taxpayer-funded free private education.Psychologists and psychiatrists have sometimes struggled to keep up with the multiplying mental health challenges posed by the pandemic and other recent events, but through studies and interventions, Vanderbilt faculty members are providing new insights into the crisis—as well as the best evidence-based solutions for overcoming it.

On World Children’s Day, let’s recognize that children’s rights include mental health

Canada ranks 30th out of 38 wealthy nations in supporting the mental health and well-being of children. The need to invest in and prioritize mental health for children and young people is urgent.A little over a year ago, social media companies were put on notice for how they protect, or fail to protect, their youngest users. /PRNewswire/ — Truth Initiative announced today that the first-of-its-kind, free quit vaping program This is Quitting from truth®, the largest in the country.

Kids are introduced to the internet at younger and younger ages, making online safety more important than ever. People can experience depression at any age, including during adolescence. We examine how doctors diagnose depression in teenagers.”TikTok Boom,” airing on PBS, explores the lack of research into how the popular social media channel affects teens. Director Shalini Kantayya’s film investigates “this massive, uncontrolled experiment.”.

Research suggests that seeing—and even just hearing—birds can relieve stress. Thousands of children who were assigned female at birth have sought gender-affirming care in recent years. They significantly outnumber those assigned male at birth who seek treatment.Kinship caregivers are often overlooked and undercounted in Michigan, especially as they are rarely defined or recognized in most state laws.

Why Self-Esteem Matters and 5 Tips for Building Yours Up

High self-esteem means having a mostly positive perception of your personal traits and abilities. Here’s why self-esteem matters and tips to build it.Alarming rates of anxiety and depression are affecting children and teens across the US. While calls are made to expand much-needed programs and access to services, there are actions parents. Neighborhood Notes: RSV Awareness, Coyote Info Session & More!. With teen depression and suicide rates soaring, parents and other caring adults have an important role to play.A radical transformation of the system has not yet occurred. However, incremental changes can directly improve the lives of thousands.There’s a crisis in teen mental health, according to the CDC. These findings leave experts wondering whether the pandemic drove an increase in diagnosable mental health disorders in teenagers or if Covid-19 exacerbated the symptoms among teens.

To raise awareness on World Diabetes Day, singer/songwriter Nick Jonas posted a video to social media explaining the four symptoms of type 1 diabetes – a condition he was diagnosed with as a teen. . A series of studies from the CDC demonstrated how the COVID-19 pandemic—including school closures and online learning—negatively affected teens’ mental health.

“Rule #1: No sitting at home alone feeling sad and worthless.”. Depression, self-harm and suicide are rising among American adolescents. For one 13-year-old, the despair was almost too much to take.The pandemic has been tough, but the return to in-person schooling has also been emotionally difficult for Mary Norris’ 12-year-old daughter. DURHAM, N.C. – The pandemic has only amplified an already alarming mental health crisis among the nation’s young people – but there are ways for parents and communities to help, three Duke experts said Wednesday. Teens – a population already in peril before COVID-19 arrived – have struggled mightily under the weight of isolation, disconnection and the myriad family, financial and other problems prompted by the pandemic. But parents can look for warning signs both in their kids and themselves, experts said Wednesday in a virtual briefing for journalists.Young people are struggling with feelings of anxiety and depression. A local therapist shares advice on how you can help. Read on Boston.com.