Understanding and Preventing the Rise of Teen Suicide

By Dana Asby & Christine Mason The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2016, 45,000 Americans lost their lives to suicide (CDC, 2018). Mental health professionals, policy makers, and the media are increasingly recognizing that suicide is a national public health issue that demands attention so that these preventable deaths can be abated.[…]

Connections between Addiction and Teen Suicide in West Virginia

By Suzan Mullane & Dana Asby West Virginia, “The Mountain State,” has been at the forefront of the opioid crisis. West Virginia’s overdose deaths from meth and opiates are the highest in the nation (The Economist, 2019). As a counseling trauma consultant, the word “crisis” seems inadequate to describe the parental addiction and collateral family[…]

The Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative: A School based mental health initiative through the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center for the Northeast Region

By Martha Staeheli, Ph.D. Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health When Joanna was placed in a foster home in Wooster, MA at the beginning of 8th grade, it was immediately clear to her foster mother, Lisa, that Joanna was struggling.  Having suffered sexual abuse and neglect due to her parents’ substance use disorders,[…]

Removing Roadblocks to Effective Recognition and Treatment of Adolescent Mental Illness

By June Naureckas, CEI Intern American youth lack the knowledge to recognize their own mental health concerns. Even when they know they need help, they have few resources because mental health care in U.S. middle and high schools is underfunded and understaffed. An Under-Treated Epidemic Mental illness in American children is chronically under-treated and under-diagnosed.[…]

Emotion Regulation, Adult-Youth Relationships, and Youth Suicide

By Kristen Hayes, CEI Intern In the most recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for the overall population in the US. It was the 2nd leading cause in age groups 10-14 and 15-19, claiming 517 and 2,491 lives respectively (Center for Disease Control and Prevention,[…]

Opportunities in New England- Improving Mental Health in Schools

The Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health and the Center for Educational Improvement invite you to an Informational Webinar: Mental Health in Schools. PURPOSE: To establish how we can support schools in New England to help improve school mental health and safety policies and practices. DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:00 pm (EST)[…]

Vulnerability, Whole-Heartedness, and Sense of Worthiness

By Daniella Rueda, CEI Intern Although often perceived in a negative light, vulnerability (emotional vulnerability, that is) is actually a necessary and important state of being for achieving human connection. Brené Brown, a qualitative researcher and self-proclaimed storyteller, has spent the last twenty years of her life studying topics such as shame, empathy, and vulnerability,[…]