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Michigan surveys raise awareness of mental health concerns in students
  Michigan surveys raise awareness of mental health concerns in students
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The University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) recently conducted a town hall to share the results of their three mental health surveys conducted among 1,000 students, which shows that more than 90 percent of students had been influenced by mental health concerns. The Central Student Government (CSG) Mental Health Climate […]

New study advocates greater restrictions on alcohol ads to reduce harm to youth
  New study advocates greater restrictions on alcohol ads to reduce harm to youth

Around the world, the alcohol industry has promoted alcohol use through a variety of social and digital media sources, often targeting young people to increase sales and monetary gain. Studies have shown that youth are more likely to initiate and use alcoholic beverages after exposure to such advertisements. A series of studies published by the […]

Digital therapy may help students get access to counseling for mental problems
  Digital therapy may help students get access to counseling for mental problems

Technology is such a major part of our lives, especially for children and teens, but could it be the future way that we deliver therapy? Already, we have seen the growth of -health services in the form of teletherapy and online therapies delivered through texting, cell phones, apps and computers to overcome the challenges that […]

Social media suicides can carry long-term risks for witnesses
  Social media suicides can carry long-term risks for witnesses

Teens love social media. Over 60 percent of teens aged 13 to 17 have at least one profile on a social media site, according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). And as annoying as it may be to have an adolescent’s face buried in a tablet or a phone – or […]

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week invites teens to challenge myths about substances
  National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week invites teens to challenge myths about substances

  On Jan. 23-29, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), a national health observance for teens, will seek to shatter myths about drugs and alcohol. The observance is promoted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both of which are part of the […]

Hospitalizations of kids with serious mental illness increases sharply, report says
  Hospitalizations of kids with serious mental illness increases sharply, report says

The 22nd Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County paints a grim picture of the state of children battling serious mental illness. The report, launched by the Orange County Children’s Partnership, shows a 47 percent increase in hospitalization rates driven by serious mental illness and substance use disorders among children and teens. […]

Lacking parental supervision increases substance abuse in early-maturing girls
  Lacking parental supervision increases substance abuse in early-maturing girls

Studies have found that young people who mature earlier than their peers, known as “precocious puberty”, face unique physical and psychological adjustment problems, including higher rates of substance abuse and depression. Among early maturing girls, minimal parental supervision may increase the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. […]

Exploring bipolar disorder and its treatment options
  Exploring bipolar disorder and its treatment options

Bipolar disorder, a mental illness that whipsaws patients from dizzying highs to crushing lows, can be particularly challenging to treat – especially in children. Like any mental disorder, there is still much to learn about how the disease develops and how to treat it. Recently, Medscape.com conducted an interview with Stephen Strakowski, M.D., of Dell […]

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