This month marks the 70th year May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. One in five people will suffer from a clinical mental health disorder in their lifetime. The National Alliance on Mental Illness created a phenomenal campaign “Why Care?” where anyone can help spread the word, bring awareness, partner and participate. Please check out their campaign and share with family, friends and coworkers.
Depression rates among kids ages 14-17 increased by more than 60% between 2009 and 2017 and Suicidality doubled. The report is based on the annual U.S. Department of Health and Human survey of more than 600,000 people. Even to researchers and experts who closely monitor these numbers indicate it’s a major wake up call and suggest we are not supporting our adolescents in developmentally appropriate ways. Most signs point to digital media and smartphones. A substantial amount of research has found associations between heavy technology use and poor mental health.
New studies are showing the long-lasting and far-reaching effects of domestic violence on children. Researchers discovered children who simply witness abuse suffer the same effects as those who are actually abused. Observing violence carries the same risk of harm to a child’s mental health and learning as a child who is abused directly. Ronald Kessler, the lead researcher and professor at Harvard Medical School says these effects last well into adulthood. Among childhood adversities those involving family violence inflict the worst long-term effects.
New year, new you? Susan Shain in the New York Times writes about what science tells us about legitimately making and keeping New Year’s Resolutions. Most importantly, think about December 31, 2019 and what change would you have made that would make you the happiest; the change you’d be most grateful to have achieved. She shares seven science-based strategies to make that resolution stick.
Happy New Year! I pray 2019 is the year you’ve dreamed about for you and your family.
Dallas Morning News ran a short piece with simple tips for those hurting during the Holidays. To those who are grieving or miss a loved one I am thinking of you and praying for you. May you have the peace that passes understanding during this holiday season.
USA Today interviewed billionaire businessman Richard Branson. He was made to feel stupid and beaten regularly by his headmaster in his youth. The reason was his dyslexia. He’s co-founded a charity “Made By Dyslexia” which hosted it’s first global summit. The list of people past and present with dyslexia is impressive! Branson says dyslexia is not something that needs to be overcome but embraced.
Dallas Morning News writer Tyra Damm is both a teacher and a parent. She interviews Dallas area parents and teachers about what they expect from each other. Parents and teachers share three important things so that kids have their best year ever.