Helping Refugee Children with their Mental Health Needs

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Jul 19, 2018 10:01:00 AM

With the recent heart-wrenching images of migrant children in the news, there is an increased awareness of the unique mental health needs of migrant and refugee children. Since 1980, there have been about 3 million refugees who have resettled in the US and 35-40% of them were children, according to the organization Bridging Refugee Youth & Child Services. Being exposed to a range of physical and psychological stressors places these refugee children at higher risk for physical and mental health issues requiring treatment. Sadly, research cited by the National Institutes of Health has found that refugees are less likely to seek mental health treatment. This could be due to a lack of understanding of mental illness and treatment options in general, and the fact that it is often more difficult for refugee children to access the mental health services they need. 

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Topics: Stigma, Mental Health Conditions, Advocacy, Getting Support, Getting Treatment, Mental Health Wellness

Texas legislates for change in kids’ mental health

Posted by One in Five Minds on Dec 1, 2017 10:26:37 AM

The 85th Legislative Session in Texas was busy when it came to mental health. This was a result of a report by the Texas Select Committee on Mental Health, a year-long review of what was working and what is broken when it comes to mental health care in the state. As reported by the Texas Council for Development Disabilities, several bills related to mental health services passed the Texas legislature and went into effect on September 1, 2017. Here’s an overview on this new legislation:

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Topics: Advocacy

Pastoral Care and Mental Illness

Posted by Michele Brown on Oct 27, 2017 9:12:43 AM

Understanding mental illness and how to help a loved one experiencing it is a difficult challenge for friends and family… and clergy. In times of struggle and crisis, many families turn to their pastors, rabbis and priests for support; however, not all clergy are trained in the effective ways they can support their parishioners. Just as stigma has prevented conversations about mental illness in secular settings, it has also limited conversations in sacred spaces, too.

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Topics: Advocacy

building mental health resiliency in the summer months

Posted by Mike Hannan on Jul 12, 2017 11:37:33 AM

Building resiliency in kids with mental health challenges is a year-round process, but the summer months can prove to be especially challenging. The structure of the school day is lacking. So is access to the school’s resources for helping kids to cope with both new issues that might crop up and any that are ongoing. As always, the key is providing a positive environment that avoids judgment in favor of nurturing; it’s also important to be an active listener when talking with your kids. 

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Topics: Advocacy

turn your manicure into #Maynicures

Posted by One in Five Minds on Apr 19, 2017 8:47:41 AM

During the month of May – Mental Health Awareness Month – those in the know turn their manicures into Maynicures. What’s the difference? A Maynicure features four nails painted one color, and the fifth nail painted a contrasting color to represent the 1 in 5 children who experience mental illness. It’s a fun campaign that makes the One in Five Minds message come to life in a visible and unique way.

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Topics: Advocacy

blogging for hope: why children's mental health matters

Posted by One in Five Minds on Jan 5, 2017 2:30:00 PM

As someone who is concerned about children’s mental health, you know that good and timely information is critical for parents when it comes to their child’s future and safety.

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Topics: Advocacy

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