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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health Portal (NIMH) for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Research shows that most mental disorders follow a developmental course that typically starts early in life. Children and teens can develop the same mental health disorders and conditions as adults, but their symptoms may be different or hard to identify. Learn more about child and adolescent mental health by visiting.

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How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains

Recent research suggest that bullying can cause changes to victims’ brain structure, with potentially lasting impacts.

Researchers believe more than 3.2 million American students experience bullying every year.

In recent years, a steadily increasing volume of data has demonstrated that peer victimization — the clinical term for bullying — impacts hundreds of millions of children and adolescents, with the effects sometimes lasting years and, possibly, decades. The problem is even recognized as a global health challenge by the World Health Organization and the United Nations. And yet, some researchers maintain that not enough has been done to understand and address the issue. “It is more than surprising that childhood bullying is not at the forefront as a major public health concern,” noted the authors of a 2015 scientific review in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.  Read entire article.

Published by UNDARK, a non-profit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society. It is published with generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics On-Demand Adapts In-Person Course to Reach Nationwide Audience

Oct 01 2019

Arlington, VA– The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today announced the release of a free online education course, NAMI Basics OnDemand. The new class format is an adaptation of the in-person NAMI Basics, a free, six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Participants can sign up at basics.nami.org.

“We’re excited to offer the NAMI Basics program online for the first time for parents and caregivers of children and young adults experiencing a mental health condition,” said NAMI Acting CEO Angela Kimball. “We know parents face barriers to attending an in-person class, especially when a child may be experiencing mental health challenges, but that’s when this information is needed the most. We hope by providing this free, online course of NAMI Basics OnDemand we’ll reach more people when and where it’s easiest for them to access this vital information. We want parents to get the resources they need and to realize they are not alone.”

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Since 2009, NAMI Basics has been offered by NAMI Affiliates in an in-person, group setting. Since its inception, NAMI Basics has served 20,000 participants, in 43 states across the country. To meet increasing demand for more convenient access to the program, NAMI created an online version of NAMI Basics, which is offered online and available 24/7.

The program is divided into six sessions, including:

  • Basic elements of coping with mental health conditions
  • Brain biology and getting a diagnosis
  • Communication skills and crisis preparation
  • Treatment and connecting with others by sharing your story
  • Navigating the mental health and education systems
  • Self-care and advocacy

If you or someone you love could benefit from the in-person NAMI Basics program or NAMI Basics OnDemand, please visit nami.org/basics.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. 

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