Awareness! And Awareness is what we have been focusing on this past month, as President Obama signed a proclamation declaring May as National Mental Health Awareness Month (the first president to do so!)
Last year Children's Law Center published a plan with practical recommendations to improve the children's mental health system in the District. Today, Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we are releasing a report card that assesses progress in the areas outlined in our plan.
In the wake of the Newtown shooting, President Obama called for a national conversation about mental health. But that conversation really begins in your home and your community, and it doesn't start and stop with individual tragedies.
In the following months we will discuss school security at the national, state and school board levels and work to safeguard the physical safety and mental health of our students. At Miami-Dade County Public Schools we have taken a first step.
There have been 29 mass shootings in the United States between the events of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School and the Dec. 14, 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I propose these shootings were, in part, a health care issue.
Growing up in the District of Columbia can be like growing up in a war zone. Every day, battles rage between adults within homes and on city streets, and far too often children bear witness to this violence.
It's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week -- and with it, the opportunity for parents, teachers, coaches and troop leaders to make a difference in a child's life by keeping on the look out for signs that a child is struggling with a mental health issue.
The United States of Adderall will continue at least into the near future until our values change substantially or, more ominously, we experience some social catastrophe from the adult use of these drugs.
This past weekend, I overheard a man tell his kids they needed to rush home for dinner because, "We don't want mommy to get really upset." It occurred to me that a seemingly innocuous sentence could place an incredible amount of weight on kids.
I was really looking forward to seeing what happened next after Sally Draper's initial visit to a child analyst in episode 5 of this season's Mad Men. But Sally and her problems and her treatment didn't show up at all in the subsequent episode.
Today we need to acknowledge that too many children in our nation are left to struggle with a host of stressful circumstances--violence, divorce, poverty, war, to mention just a few, without effective supports.