Mental health and trauma

Among preschoolers, bullies who get bullied are at high risk for depression – Education Article

It turns out the old saying about sticks and stones breaking bones but words never hurting is bunk. According to research newly published in the peer-reviewed Early Childhood Research Quarterly, emotional bullying in the preschool years hurts quite a lot. When a child both bullies and gets bullied, the findings are especially clear: Depression symptoms begin to appear as early as age 3. Depression in early childhood increases the risk of depression in later childhood, which predicts depression in adolescence.…

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Another tool to improve student mental health? Kids talking to kids – Education Article

Taos High students work together to untie a “human knot” during an icebreaker led by seniors during the school’s 2018 EQ Retreat. Photo: Lillian Mongeau/The Hechinger Report TAOS, N.M. — Standing in front of 240 freshmen and 80 fellow seniors in her school’s gymnasium, a slight 17-year-old with her hair in pigtail braids took a long shuddering breath. Her audience was still. The girl had just revealed that she’d spent most of her middle-school years feeling suicidal, had been hospitalized…

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California adopts a new model to curb preschool suspensions – Education Article

Chari Plumeri, director of the Kidango-Ryan center, plays with children outside on a recent morning. Jackie Mader/ The Hechinger Report SAN JOSE, Calif. — Chally Grundwag, a mental health consultant, faced three teachers gathered around a pint-size preschool table. “What kind of kids really push your buttons?” she asked the group. The teachers at Kidango’s Dorsa Center in San Jose thought for a moment. “Crying ones,” one responded. “I want to say, ‘Stop crying; you’re going to be OK!’ But…

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LA teacher strike puts spotlight on nation’s school counselor shortage – Education Article

At 7 a.m., on day four of the strike, Nadia Morales, a counselor at Los Angeles High School, and Pedro Martinez, a social-studies teacher at Eagle Rock High School, prepare their children for the day. E. Tammy Kim/Hechinger Report LOS ANGELES — Thirty years ago, when United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the union representing rank-and-file educators in the county’s public schools, went on strike, Nadia Morales and Pedro Martinez were students at Los Angeles High School. Morales was the straight-A,…

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