To the best of my knowledge, this report is among the first publications to synthesize what we know about violent environments and child wellbeing. Additional research would help strengthen the argument that an integrated approach is needed by helping us know when in a child's life various types of violence are most detrimental. This would give us a better idea of when and where to intervene so we can develop evidence-based ...more »
One of the most effective models for integrating physical and mental health within the school environment is School Based Health Centers (SBHCs). SBHCs remove barriers to care, mitigate the stigma associated with mental health treatment for many students and families, and create a safe haven for children and adolescents. SBHCs have been shown to support young people, improve their health, and increase their academic success. ...more »
Are we ready to do away with distinctions between “mental” and “physical” health? Why and why not?
When we grapple with the normalization of violence, we know that often people's diminished sense of the seriousness of harm (and therefore their willingness to commit it) follows their experience of surviving it.That surviving violence often makes people take it less seriously be surprising to some. But when we think about masculinity, about whose victimization we are socialized to value, and about adolescent development, ...more »
The point is that mental health policy needs to effectively develop a full intervention continuum: (1) promotion of mental health, (2) a focus on prevention of MH related problems, (3) a focus on responding as early after the onset of problems as is feasible, and (4) enhanced systems of care. It also needs to encompass a sophisticated approach to the role of schools. It is especially essential not to present wellness ...more »
In attempts to educate admins, teachers, and students about the impact of trauma on learning, I've had mixed responses. Admins/some teachers tend to view a "trauma-informed" models (Sanctuary, trauma-education, reflective supervision) as focused on "illness," making excuses for poor behavior, and stigmatizing. Other teachers are more open, and during training, one can see the "light bulb" moments happening for them ...more »
In response to this question - again, system-wide education, which would include information and implementation of supportive *tools* (as mentioned: safety cards, yoga, relaxation, exercise, focusing on feelings vs. facts) can foster a sense of empowerment and forward motion, rater than feeling stuck in the trauma and its impact. "We are here to give you tools to help manage the negative effects of stress" is one approach ...more »
This study makes clear the damage done to child development and lifelong well-being to black families in disadvantaged neighborhoods where their exposure to community violence is shockingly high. Remedial or long term changes in communities are important, but the window to help kids during their critical early years is short. The evidence tells us we need to add an urgent focus on preventing or stopping stopping harmful ...more »
Regarding socio-economic disparities, in order to ensure that resources are reaching *all* children in need, education across the board is crucial. William Penn Fdn has funded programs to address this in the age 0-3 cohort; but education is needed for children, families, teachers in the K-8 and high-school levels as well, where negative behaviors tend to manifest and lead to disciplinary challenges. Teachers often comment ...more »
The missing dynamic in forming strength-based approaches in many of the family-serving systems in our state include family education, empowerment and engagement. It is quite evident that when families are educated, empowered and engaged, they become active participants in the process of healing, and improving the overall health and wel lbeing of their families. The common thread of families lack of access to appropriate ...more »
Can child wellness be achieved if parental wellness is lacking? What are promising practices in two-generation approaches to better mental and physical health?
Community, domestic and parental violence are all symptoms of the same disease - trauma. 'Fight' is a trauma response and if you live in the survival part of your brain, as many survivors to, then everything will be seen as a potential threat with only one conditioned response - violence. There really is no separation between the types of violence, only that resilience depends on whether you have experienced a physical ...more »