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Philly police will notify schools about students found at traumatic events under pilot program

The program, announced by officials at a Monday press conference at the Philadelphia Military Academy, is called Handle With Care. It will train 300 police officers and 100 educators to sharpen their awareness of students’ exposure to violence and help them cope with trauma. It will be piloted in 15 schools starting next school year that are in the 22nd Police District, which covers parts of North Philadelphia.

Mental Health Courts Can Struggle to Fulfill Decades-Old Promise

By Sam Whitehead, Kaiser Health News GAINESVILLE, Ga. — In early December, Donald Brown stood nervously in the Hall County Courthouse, concerned he’d be sent back to jail. The 55-year-old struggles with depression, addiction, and suicidal thoughts. He worried a judge would terminate him from a special diversion program meant to keep people with mental …

Teaching positive psychology skills at school may be one way to help student mental health and happiness

Kai Zhuang Shum, University of Tennessee Youth mental health has worsened significantly over the past decade, but new interventions that teach positive psychology concepts in school may help. American young people are reporting historically high levels of hopelessness, sadness and loneliness. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20% …

Opinion: PA leads the way in early mental health and wellness tools, access for young people

By Bob McCullough,  Pennsylvania Capital-StarNovember 28, 2023 We are in the midst of a mental health crisis here in the United States and young people, sadly, are not immune. The prevalence of mental health challenges for young people is well-documented, but access to mental health services remains extremely limited. The pandemic exacerbated mental health issues …