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October 2019

He Was Undocumented Now He's Exposing Detention Center Abuse [theguardian.com]

By Sam Levin, The Guardian, October 29, 2019 Tom K Wong’s world shattered at age 16 in 1998 when his parents told him he was undocumented. The Riverside, California, teenager thought his life was over. Now 37, Wong is one of the prominent scholars in the US on immigration, most recently uncovering abuses inside detention centers in his latest University of California, San Diego research. The political science professor, whose family migrated from Hong Kong when he was two and overstayed...

Detentions of Child Migrants at the U.S. Border Has Surged to Record Levels [nytimes.com]

By Paulina Villegas, The New York Times, October 29, 2019 The United States has detained more children trying to cross the nation’s southwest border on their own over the last year than during any other period on record, surpassing the surge of unaccompanied minors that set off a crisis during the Obama administration, according to new figures released Tuesday. American immigration authorities apprehended 76,020 minors, most of them from Central America, traveling without their parents in...

Prevalence, Onset, and Course of Suicidal Behavior Among Adolescents and Young Adults in Germany [jamanetwork.com]

By Catherine Voss, Theresa M. Ollmann, Marcel Miche, et al., JAMA Psychiatry, October 30, 2019 Question How frequently and when do suicidal ideation, plan, and attempt emerge in adolescence and young adulthood? Findings In a cross-sectional, epidemiological study of 1180 adolescents and young adults from a random community sample in Germany, 10.7%, 5.0%, and 3.4% of participants reported lifetime suicidal ideation, plan, and attempt, respectively. The cumulative incidence of suicidal...

Treatment Critical in Helping Address Trauma

Trauma has a uncanny way of negatively impacting people’s lives. Even after you believe you have dealt with or forgotten about a traumatic event, you may find yourself years later suffering from mental, emotional, and physical distress that severely disrupts your life. When you are sincere about your desire to confront your past and move on with your life, you may need to rely on trained medical professionals to assist you. You could find the healing and rehabilitation you need by seeking...

Podcast: "Honoring Culture, Language, and Family: Stories from the Navajo Nation" (30 min)

The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) is excited to share the fifth episode of In the Arena with NOW , a podcast series that lifts up the voices of community leaders who are “in the arena” -- in classrooms, playgrounds, Congressional halls, hospitals, and neighborhood streets -- working to make sure that all children and families can live healthy, thriving lives. In our fifth episode, Honoring Culture, Language, and Family: Stories from the Navajo Nation , we speak with...

Dysregulation & CPTSD -- Triggered by Hurrying and Overwhelm?

Note: This article is a transcript of a video excerpted from my online course Dysregulation Bootcamp. Brain and emotional dysregulation are common in adults who experienced abuse and neglect in childhoodhood, and is linked to problems with mood, mental focus, health and relationships. Hurrying is a huge trigger for a lot of people with Childhood PTSD -- everything from trying to get out the door in the morning, to rushing through traffic, to just getting overwhelmed with everything you’re...

How Louisiana's Richest Students Go To College on the Backs of the Poor [hechingerreport.org]

By Emmanuel Felton, The Hechinger Report, October 30, 2019 Rodney Woods was on the fence about applying to Nicholls State University, a four-year public institution a 20-minute walk from his mother’s house in Louisiana’s Bayou Region, a rural area of the state dotted with sugar cane fields and mud-colored swamps. He had been on campus a few times. Both he and his mother loved to practice their photography skills among the long-slung red-brick buildings clustered around the school’s tidy...

Kids Bullied by Siblings May Have Mental Health Issues in Early 20s [psychcentral.com]

By Rick Nauert, PsychCentral, October 10, 2019 UK researchers have discovered that kids bullied at home and at school are more likely to have mental health issues in young adulthood. Investigators found that depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation are more prominent in young adults if they were bullied. Notably, even sibling bullying can be harmful as it often leads to peer bullying and then issues later in life. Experts stress that education of parents and mental health professionals is...

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows [nytimes.com]

By Denise Lu and Christopher Flavelle, The New York Times, October 29, 2019 Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities. The authors of a paper published Tuesday developed a more accurate way of calculating land elevation based on satellite readings, a standard way of estimating the effects of sea level rise over large areas, and found that the previous...

Happy Halloween

Goblins and ghosts don’t scare me. What scares me is what scares many grandparents across the U.S., a grandchild at risk. Recently I was talking with a friend about my situation as guardian of my grandson, and she confided in me. She told me she’s scared every time her grandson goes back home with his mom. My friend “helps out” when her daughter finds herself in a tough spot. My friend worries there’s enough for her grandson to eat when he’s home with his mom. She worries he’s safe from the...

Can Psychotherapy Reverse Post-Traumatic Epigenetic Changes? [psychologytoday.com]

By Grant H. Brenner, Psychology Today, October 29, 2019 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition affecting a subset of people exposed to traumatic experiences. Not all people who endure traumatic experiences will develop PTSD as most people are resilient due to biological, psychological, and social factors. Most responses to trauma are normal, including short-term stress responses, sleep disturbances, fears of trauma happening again, and related reactions, but they resolve after...

'I Just Want My Life Back' [abqjournal.com]

By Katy Barnitz, Albuquerque Journal, October 29, 2019 Giovanni Nieto spent his childhood peering under doors to see if his mom was alive, sometimes calling an ambulance for her. “I grew up around needles and people overdosing,” he said. “People coming in the house with guns and throwing us in the closet.” Nieto was in elementary school when his Aunt Julie Nieto vanished. His mother, Valerie Nieto, couldn’t handle her sister’s disappearance. [ Please click here to read more .]

Adolescent Suicide Up 87 Percent Over Last Decade; LGBT and American Indian/Alaskan Native Teens at Highest Risk [prnewswire.com]

By Trust for America's Health, October 29, 2019 Adolescent suicide deaths have spiked over the last decade and substance misuse including vaping is exacting a heavy toll on teens according to a report released today by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT). The report, Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Misuse and Suicide finds that, while progress has been made in reducing some risky behaviors, adolescent suicide and substance...

ACEs : Harpurhey does it in Manchester! (UK)

I'm super grateful to Mcr City Council for developing this initiative as the results are beginning to show, and ( at last ) this is turning heads - see below I'm even more grateful to Gareth Nixon, the lead for this project here in Manchester. I was fortunate enough to meet with him again yesterday as he took the time from his busy schedule to hear where we are up to in Bury. It will come as no surprise to you all to know he really is working very hard to have ACEs, and trauma, acknowledged...

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