In Berks County, Requests for Help can now be sent via text

By Ford Turner Requests for help in Berks County may now be made with the thumbs. Text messaging has become the newest mode of communication that troubled teenagers and others may use to contact county crisis interventionists, thanks to a $70,000 project involving Service Access Management Inc. and the county Office of Mental Health and Developmental…

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Study: Kids’ social skills key to success as adults

Liz Szabo and Greg Toppo USA TODAY Parents who want their kids to succeed have been known to play Mozart in the nursery and quiz their preschoolers with flash cards. A new study suggests these parents might want to go back to the basics by teaching children to share and take turns. Kindergartners with strong…

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Parents’ Cyberbullying Guide: How to Spot It and Stop It

By Emma Raizman, MD | 7/7/15 7:00 a.m. Cyberbullying, like any bullying, often involves mean behavior: threats, harassment and negative comments that can demean or embarrass a child or teen. It happens online in texts, emails, video game chats and social media like Facebook and Twitter. Kids do fight with each other sometimes, but it’s considered…

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Texting May Aid Mental Illness Recovery Better Than Smartphone Apps

We’re nearly one-fifth of the way through the 21st century, and mental illness researchers are finding good old-fashioned texting may help patients get through their recovery better than new-fangled smartphone apps. Doctors are working smarter, not harder, when they can incorporate effective treatment methods into a patient’s existing lifestyle. In this regard, texting is one the…

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Student deaths inspire new focus on mental health at Tulane

Recent deaths inspire officials to focus on helping students BY RICHARD THOMPSON rthompson@theadvocate.com After the deaths this semester of five students, including three who apparently committed suicide, officials at Tulane University are working to get the Uptown campus talking about mental health. They also are trying to remove social barriers that may keep some students…

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Gov. Malloy Announces $3.3M Safer Schools Grants as Sandy Hook Shooting Anniversary Approaches

Funds will make Newtown and CT schools safe under Obama’s “Now is the Time” plan to reduce gun violence and increase mental-health services.   From the Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy:   GOV. MALLOY: STATE WINS GRANT TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER, HEALTHIER PLACES TO LEARN   Additional Funds Awarded for School Emergency Operations Plans  …

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Prof gets suicide prevention grant

From staff reports UW-Eau Claire psychology professor Jennifer Muehlenkamp recently received a three-year $304,029 Campus Suicide Prevention grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help educate the campus community on how to recognize the signs of suicide, depression and anxiety in students. Muehlenkamp specializes in understanding and preventing suicidal and non-suicidal…

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Detroit American Indian health clinic receives $736,000 federal grant for suicide prevention

The Associated PressDecember 2, 2014 DETROIT — A Detroit health clinic for American Indian families has received a $736,000 federal grant to support youth suicide prevention.   American Indian Health and Family Services of southeast Michigan announced Monday it received the five­year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will…

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Oakland County gets a boost in funds for efforts to prevent suicide

A federal grant of $200,000 a year for five years has been granted to Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority to support suicide prevention efforts throughout the county. The funds are part of a grant totaling nearly $4 million to the Michigan Department of Community Health from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

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When it comes to suicide, how may be just as important as why

On April 15, 2014 a man jumped to his death from the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge – a massive, new concrete arch that soars over the Hoover Dam. He was the eighth known person to do so since the bypass bridge opened in October 2010. Four of the suicides at the new bridge occurred in a single three-month period…

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Marysville deaths show need to reach troubled teens online

The school shooting in Marysville and its aftermath offer a stark look into how distressed teens use social media to share problems they might previously have discussed with a school counselor. Increasingly, Facebook, Tumblr and similar websites are trying to meet young people where they live. By Claudia Rowe   Seattle Times staff reporter Thank you…

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