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Mental & Family Care Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  988

988 And The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Food and Mood website:

Culture Based Prevention for Youth:

Use the wisdom of Native practices of wellness combined with the insights of modern science to help Native and non-Native students avoid the dangers of substance misuse. These hands-on, standards-aligned resources empower students to embrace positive and holistic health practices and gain an understanding of modern and historical Native approaches to wellness.

Building A Grad Nation 2021 Report:

The GradNation campaign is a nationwide effort to boost the high school graduation rate to 90 percent and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the workforce. The high school graduation rate was at an all-time high of 85.8% in 2019, the final school year unaffected by the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic. The convening partners of the GradNation campaign—America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University—highlight key learnings about high school graduation in the United States in the newly released 2021 Building A Grad Nation report. The report provides a pre-pandemic baseline, including a 50-state analysis outlining progress and challenges facing key student groups. Unless states make concerted, data-driven efforts to sustain improvements among key student groups, particularly English Learners and students with disabilities, COVID-19 could jeopardize graduation rate progress. The GradNation report outlines a series of policy recommendations for states to meet the demands of the current moment so that every young person reaches the graduation milestone college- and career-ready.

Food Councils Convene Nationally to Transform Food Systems:

Some of the forum’s “conversation catalysts” and “deep dives” addressed sensitive topics, such as allyship, intersectionality, gentrification (a concern associated with urban agriculture) and how councils might attempt to address the rural-urban divide. Other conversations took a nuts-and-bolts approach, discussing tactics that have proven successful for initiatives such as preserving land for cultivation by indigenous communities and facilitating the purchase of cropland for New Americans who come to this country with skills and knowledge but not capital.

NIDA Study: Reduced Activity in One Brain Region Links Childhood Adversity to Aggression/Delinquency and Substance Use in Adolescence:

This study found that: People who experienced more childhood adversity had higher rates of substance use in late adolescence. Children who experienced adversity were more likely to show externalizing behavior (e.g., aggression, delinquency) in early adolescence, which in turn predicted substance use in late adolescence. Reduced activation of the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex mediates the relationship between childhood adversity and increased externalizing behavior.

You may not be depressed, but you could have symptoms of languishing. Learn what this means, the effects, and what you can do about mental languishing:

NYT Article - Languishing 

NYT Article - The Other Side of Languishing is Flourishing

United Way of the Midlands: Take a Mental Health Moment

FEMA & U.S. DHHS:  Mind Over Matter: Strategies to Help Combat the Coronavirus Blues (PDF)

Nebraska Families:

Child Trauma Stress: NCTSN Outbreak Factsheet (PDF)

Child Resilience:

Reassuring Children About Coronavirus (PDF)

Young Child Family Tips:

Taking Care of Your Mental Health:

How to Talk to Children about COVID Pandemic (PDF)

Practical Coping Techniques (PDF)

Ways To Help Children Cope (PDF)

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents (PDF)

COVID-19 Tips for Elders Caregiver (PDF)

Elder Mental Health During COVID-19 for Care Providers (PDF)

COVID-19 Caring for Someone at Home (PDF)

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