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Trauma follows children into adulthood

A new report shows that “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs), or traumatic experiences, have long-term effects on the brain and body. For example, an individual reporting four or more traumatic experiences is over five times as likely to cope with depression as an adult. Those individuals are also more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [...]

Robbing the Future

Cigarette companies have a long history of marketing to youth. “Robbing the Future” explores the various ways the tobacco industry targets young people, the growing popularity of emerging products, such as e-cigarettes, and the dangers associated with those products. If we don’t do more to prevent youth from starting to [...]

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month – a good time for families, schools, and communities to take stock of current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying. In recognition of the efforts to improve school climate and reduce rates of bullying nationwide, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) have released a variety of resources [...]

FDA: Don’t Leave Childhood Depression Untreated

Every psychological disorder, including depression, has some behavioral components.
Depressed children often lack energy and enthusiasm. They become withdrawn, irritable, and sulky. They may feel sad, anxious, and restless. They may have problems in school and frequently lose interest in activities they once enjoyed.
Some parents might think that medication is the solution for depression-related problem behaviors. [...]

Download the KnowBullying App

Parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying. KnowBullying, a new mobile app by SAMHSA, encourages dialogue between you and your children and helps you start a conversation.
KnowBullying by SAMHSA includes:

Conversation Starters: Start a meaningful discussion [...]

Free Parent Training: Parenting in a Culture of Gentleness

Parenting can be frustrating when we feel that we are always waiting for the next crisis or difficulty to happen. We can find ourselves always reacting to daily challenges instead of having a solid plan to prevent things from falling apart.
This day long (7-hour) training will focus on 6 key elements for developing positive and [...]

Applying for Healthcare Coverage in Michigan

There is a new application for applying for healthcare coverage in Michigan – including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), private health insurance plans that offer comprehensive coverage, and a tax credit that can help pay your premiums for health coverage. You can apply on line or in paper form.
Check it out at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943-320219–,00.html.

Take the 2014 Drug IQ Challenge!

January 27 to February 2 is National Drug Facts Week. The purpose of this week-long health is to help teens shatter the myths about drugs and addictions.
Want to learn about drug abuse and addiction? Try the national  IQ Challenge!
Check out some of these other great resources:

Test drug abuse knowledge with NIDA for Teens activities
Learn the [...]

Making the next generation tobacco-free

Over the last 50 years, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking.
Today’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, comes a half century after the historic 1964 Surgeon General’s report, which concluded that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer. Over the last 50 [...]

New MentalHealth.gov website launched

The government has launched a new website, www.mentalhealth.gov, which features easy-to-understand information about basic signs of mental health problems, how to talk about mental health, and how to find help. It has special help for young people to use in starting a mental health conversation on your cell phone to the new campaign Ok2Talk.org. The [...]

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of seriously harming themselves or someone else, call 911.


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