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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 or kidney disease, and more likely to have a stroke. They’re almost three times as likely to smoke, and over three times as likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.

Read more here: http://newamericamedia.org/2014/11/study-trauma-follows-children-into-adulthood-threat-to-public-health-in-ca.php

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 smoke, one out of every 13 children alive today in this country will die early from smoking.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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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 to inform youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools. These resources and more may be found at Stopbullying.gov. With all of these new resources and attention, it’s a great time to consider how you can help raise awareness about bullying and take action to stop it.

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 They become withdrawn, irritable, and sulky.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. In fact, that’s not the case. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any drugs solely for the treatment of “behavior problems.” When FDA approves a drug for depression—whether for adults or children—it is to treat the illness, not the behavior associated with it.

“There are multiple parts to mental illness, and the symptoms are usually what drug companies study and what parents worry about. But it’s rare for us at FDA to target just one part of the illness,” says Mitchell Mathis, M.D., a psychiatrist who is the director of FDA’s Division of Psychiatry Products.

Depression in children shouldn’t be left untreated. Untreated acute depression may get better on its own, but it relapses and the patient is not cured. Real improvement can take six months or more, and may not be complete without treatment. And the earlier the treatment starts, the better the outcome.

“Kids just don’t have time to leave their depression untreated,” says child and adolescent psychiatrist Tiffany R. Farchione, M.D., the Acting Deputy Director of FDA’s Division of Psychiatry Products. “The social and educational consequences of a lengthy recovery are huge. They could fail a grade. They could lose all of their friends.”

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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 with your child.
  • Tips: Learn ways to prevent bullying.
  • Warning Signs: Know if your child is affected by bullying.
  • Reminders: Find the right time to connect with your child.
  • Social Media: Share tactics and useful advice.
  • Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom.

The KnowBullying app is available for Android™ and iPhone®. It is a free resource for mobile devices provided by SAMHSA, in conjunction with the StopBullying.gov Federal partnership.

Put the power to prevent bullying in your hand. Click here to access.

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 healthy relationships with children, family members, and those who assist us in supporting our children. Having an understanding of these 6 Elements can assist parents with improving relationships with their children and those who support them.

Participants in this training will learn how to:

  1. Identify how the home environment and family relationships can help or hinder your child’s growth.
  2. Identify ways to help your child feel emotionally secure.
  3. Identify ways to improve family relationships and reduce parental stress.
  4. Develop a practical plan to successfully prevent and navigate those troubling times that occur throughout the day.

The training is free but space is limited! Lunch will be on your own.

This training is presented by The Center For Positive Living Supports. Register online at www.positivelivingsupport.org/training or call (586) 263-8748.

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:

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 years tobacco control efforts have saved 8 million lives. This report provides the push to speed up public health and clinical strategies to drop overall smoking rates to less than 10% in the next decade.

Did you know?

Did you know that people with mental illness smoke 44% of all the cigarettes sold in this country? Did you know that people with mental illness smoke 2 to 3 times more than the average US adult population? Did you know that 70% of people with mental illness want to quit? Did you know that people with mental illness can be just as successful in quitting as anyone else?

Northern Lakes CMH is starting a new grant project to improve this! Read more at Saving Lives: New project will help those with mental illness become smoke-free!

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 site also addresses some of the different mental health issues that current and former service members may face. There are also videos of stories of recovery – inspiration!

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


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