Is there a Way to Relieve Chronic Stress in Childhood?

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Chronic stress in childhood is a major concern for parents everywhere. Whether your child is overcoming a problem at school or dealing with a recent trauma, it’s important for parents to find ways to relieve stress where they can. That’s why understanding chronic stress is just as important as finding ways to ease it. The Different Types of Stress in Childhood According to information from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, there are three types of stress that children experience: positive stress response, tolerable stress response and toxic stress response. The most dangerous type is toxic stress. … Continued

Can Schools do Anything to Prevent Anxiety and Depression in Children?

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Depression and anxiety are significant mental health concerns for children. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than a quarter of teens (ages 13-18) suffer from anxiety disorders and almost 6 percent battle with a “severe form” of the disorder. The NIMH also reports that “in 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.” Anxiety and Depression in Children While all kids will feel anxious at some point—maybe before a test, sporting event or performance—there is a marked difference between … Continued

What Can Be Done to Fight Drug Use in Schools?

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Illicit drug use in schools is a prevalent problem affecting children and teens. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 14 percent of high school seniors and nearly 10 percent of sophomores fall prey to the allure of getting high. The Problem of Drug Use in Schools The most widely misused substance is alcohol. In 2014, nearly a quarter of high schoolers in numerous states admitted that they had engaged in binge-drinking during the month. However, prescription drug abuse is also increasingly problematic throughout the U.S. and is especially prevalent in Arkansas. Opiate-based painkillers often serve as … Continued

What Can Schools Do to Prevent Teen Suicide?

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The book series turned popular Netflix drama “Thirteen Reasons Why” thrust the topic of teenage suicide back in the top issues plaguing the minds and hearts of school administrators and parents. Not only did the series propel suicide back into the conversation, it also brought attention to the rising number of teens contemplating—and committing—suicide. In the wired world where so many teens virtually gather, the allure of suicide has gained even more prominence. Online viral challenges have turned suicide into the fatal final battle of a reality game. The Blue Whale Challenge has been in the news lately, with its … Continued

How to Stop Bullying with Social and Emotional Learning

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It’s shocking, but somewhere between one in four and one in three students in the U.S. has been the target of a bully. Bullying is most prevalent in middle school and targets students who are seen as being different. Students who are bullied experience increased feelings of sadness and loneliness which can lead to depression and anxiety. Additionally, their academic performance can suffer dramatically. But the targets of bullies are not the only ones who that suffer. Bystanders of bullying and the bullies themselves have all been shown to experience negative consequences including a higher risk for violence and substance … Continued