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"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists

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Bullying - is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "target".

Useful Resources

Helpful Links:

Olweus Bullying
Stomp out Bullying
Bullying Statistics
Stop Bullying

Mental Health - The World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". It was previously stated that there was no one "official" definition of mental health. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how "mental health" is defined. There are different types of mental health problems, some of which are common, such as depression and anxiety disorders, and some not so common, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Helpful Links:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Help Guide
Mental Health America
National Center for Mental Health promotion & Youth Violence prevention
Teen Mental Health

 

Substance Abuse - also known as drug abuse, refers to a maladaptive patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods not condoned by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited to mood-altering or psycho-active drugs. Activity is also considered substance abuse when inappropriately used (as in steroids for performance enhancement in sports). Therefore, mood-altering and psychoactive substances are not the only drugs of abuse. Substance abuse often includes problems with impulse control and impulsivity.

Useful Resources:

Helpful Links:

Above The Influence
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NID) for Teens
National Organization for Youth Safety
NotMyKid.Org

LGBT- Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender youth at times have needs specific to their identity, mental health, and coming out process. 

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For school-aged children and adolescents, school can be a place where they can resume their “normal” life. It can also pose some difficulties. Because grief often causes difficulty with concentration, schoolwork may become particularly difficult If necessary, talk to the child’s teacher about temporarily decreasing demands, and letting him or her take breaks to go to a counselor, school nurse or some other designated individual. Typically, children will not use this as a “crutch,” as is sometimes feared; they want to be like their peers, and will likely resume a normal workload as soon as they are able. If, after a few months, the child is still having difficulty, talk to his or her teacher, guidance counselor or pediatrician about professional counseling.

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