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10/8/2018

This week the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting Mental Illness Awareness Week to help educate the public about mental illness


Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.

This year NAMI’s theme is #CureStigma. Stigma is toxic to mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear, and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.

Check out social media to see how people are spreading the word this year through awareness, support, and advocacy activities.


Thanks,

Jaime Owens

[email protected]

www.aacap.org

@AACAP

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A Third of College Freshmen or More May Have a Disorder

Psychology Today

Abigail Fagan


At least one in three first-year college students meets the criteria for a mental health disorder, according to a recently published study. The new prevalence estimates, based on data from an international group of students, demonstrate the need for college counseling centers to continue developing innovative approaches to serve a high volume of students.

As part of a World Health Organization project to study college mental health from an international perspective, Auerbach and his colleagues sent surveys to incoming first-year students from 19 universities in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.


Check out AACAP's Moving Into Adulthood Resource Center.

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Fleeing torture and persecution: trauma faced by asylum seekers changes their brains

ABC KVIA

Julio-Cesar Chavez

AACAP Member Shawn Sidhu, MD is quoted in this article!


Dr. Shawn Sidhu presented at Texas Tech teaching the audience the steps he takes to interview and document mental health issues asylum seekers face while in detention.

Asylum seekers suffer from double the normal rate of depression, PTSD, and psychosis compared to the general population, Sidhu said, and it makes asylum cases harder to win.

Sidhu explained trauma physically shrinks parts of the brain responsible for memory, making it harder for people to recall details sometimes needed in their hearings.He said besides the problems faced by asylum seekers on their journey, detention doesn’t always present a good environment for them to recover.


Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.


How Many Kids Are In Foster Care? The Number Is Alarmingly High

Romper

Jacqueline Burt Cole

Unless you have some personal experience with foster care, you're probably not particularly aware of how the system works... or doesn't work. I've been guilty of this myself: All I really knew was that a foster home was a temporary version of an adoptive home (not strictly true, as it turns out). Of course I'd heard horror stories about terrible foster parents and kids slipping through the cracks, but I'd also heard success stories of selflessness and strength. But what about all the families in the middle? And how many kids are in foster care, anyway?

What's more important than the actual number, perhaps, is the fact that there are more foster kids than there are willing foster parents (or resources) to care for them. The shortage of foster parents in recent years has become a crisis in many states; in Texas, some children have even been forced to sleep in child welfare offices, as The Huffington Post reported. The combination of an increase of kids entering the system and the high turnover rate of foster parents (30 percent to 50 percent) means that not only is there a lack of homes, but children end up getting bounced from one family to another to another.

The numbers are staggering: Over 437,000 children and youth are in foster care, according to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, and 45 percent of foster children live in non-relative foster family homes. As for the rest, 32 percent live in relative foster family homes, 23 percent live in institutions, group homes, trial and pre-adoptive homes, and 118,000 children and youth are waiting to be adopted. Why so many? A 2017 report from the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Service which demonstrated an increase in the number of foster children for four years in a row pointed to rising rates of parental substance abuse as a major cause. Tragically, however, neglect is the number one reason why children are removed from their biological families, according to the ASPCC.

Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Foster Care.

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