November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Each year, as many as 1.6 million youth per year may experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines, many homeless youth are victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.
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The SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory equips professional health providers with an introduction to spice and bath salts in the context of treating people with substance use disorders and mental illness. Spice (synthetic cannabinoids) and bath salts (synthetic cathinones) refer to two groups of designer drugs that have increased in popularity in recent years. Discusses adverse effects of use, patient assessment, abstinence monitoring, among other issues.
SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory: http://1.usa.gov/1tQ30z8 (PDF)
State and county-level profiles and maps providing data on children, including population, race/ethnicity, types of households, teenage mother births, low birthweight, and more. http://bit.ly/1vQCRgl
From Child Trends:
“Join us for a webcast of the 2014 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture! You’ll learn: how the brain grows and learns; how the brain responds to trauma, and how this response differs in children and adults; how the environment, experience, and genetics impact the brain’s response to challenges and learning; and how programs can apply this new research to help children and youth. Participants include: Moderator Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D., senior scholar at Child Trends; Presenter Jane Roskams, Ph.D., professor in the Brain Research Centre and director of the lab of neural regeneration and brain repair at the University of British Columbia; Respondent Daniel Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools; and Respondent Dianna Walters, associate at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Join the conversation on Twitter using #braininsights.”
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 1-2PM ET
Watch the webcast: http://bit.ly/1xSDVm6
University of Maryland/Health Sciences and Human Services Library: New resource.Project SHARE Curriculum. This program aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities. The curriculum includes downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts and experiential learning activities. http://bit.ly/1tUr4BV
About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. Read about Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets to learn how you can reduce your child’s sodium intake. This page also provides a series of interesting infographics (larger versions and the text) about sodium and a section about what the federal government, schools, parents, and restaurants can do to help reduce sodium.
For large text and info graphic: http://1.usa.gov/1tav27S
The U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency has relaunched their website Get Smart About Drugs. The site is designed for parents, educators and caregivers and provides information on identifying drugs and drug paraphernalia; physical, developmental and legal consequences of drug use; and talking to kids and teens about drugs.
Get Smart About Drugs: http://bit.ly/1rSbIuh
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Sickle Cell Disease affects millions around the world, including 1 in 12 African Americans.
The CDC has resources on living well with Sickle Cell Disease, as well as tips for school staff and caregivers, treatment information, data and statistics, and research.
Sickle Cell Disease (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1rnqJpY
The Get Ready Campaign from the American Public Health Association has published a 2015 calendar featuring emergency preparedness “Tips from Tots.”
“Each month features a different tot practicing emergency preparedness and dispensing helpful safety advice, including dressing for extreme weather, where to find shelter during a storm and what to include in an emergency supply kit.”
Download the calendar and see the adorable photo gallery: http://bit.ly/1uVZK2y
What is dating violence? According to the CDC, dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. For more information go to CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1yqUOc2
For a fact sheet on “Understanding Teen Dating Violence” go to: http://1.usa.gov/1yqVlLe
VetoViolence Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1ohOqKu
This Facebook page also hosts a partner spotlight, which features one of the partners working in the field of violence prevention each month. This provides fans with instant access to other organizations who are also working to help us all live safer, healthier lives. Fans can also pledge to prevent violence with the interactive VetoViolence Pledge app, which allows you to create a custom badge that will appear on your Facebook profile page.