This July, as we observe the 13th Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we call attention to the health disparities that affect communities of color. They include (but are not limited to) the impacts of COVID-19 on physical and mental health; rising suicide rates among Black youth; and spikes in depression and anxiety among people of color amid the unrest and demonstrations that have followed the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others. The ability of the health care system to effectively respond is hampered by the shortage of mental health providers and the lack of diverse providers to serve the various communities of color.
Raising a brave generation of children requires open, honest, and age appropriate exploration of race, racism, justice, equality, and anti-racism. It is an emotional time right now, marked by challenge, pain, and grief. This eBlast shares some ideas, tools, and resources organized by types of action we can take along with our children: listening and empathizing; acknowledging and talking; and activism. Engaging in some of these actions may help towards turning pain and grief into hope!"
Read the full Family Voices E-Blast and visit the resources here.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States, Chris Trondsen felt his life was finally under control. As someone who has battled obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health issues since early childhood, it’s been a long journey.
Read the full article from Kaiser Health News.
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them. Visit SAMHSA for more information.
A change in Washington law helps parents address mental-health needs of their teenage children, but barriers remain
When Hollie Kelly first started running away at age 13, her mother filed police runaway reports. But when police brought Hollie back to her Enumclaw home, the teenager never stayed for long.
Read the full article from the Seattle Times.
The full report is also available online here.
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