“New guidelines established for young athletes who face mental health issues”

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This March 2, 2015 USA Today: High School Sports article talks about changes to policies on helping high school athletes with mental health issues get help if they need it.

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“Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens’ Health”

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This August 25, 2014 NPR: Shots article talks about concerns being raised that start times for middle and high school should be at 8:30 or later to help teens get adequate sleep.  Pediatricians point out that teens need between 8-1/2 and 9 hours of sleep, and that the majority of teens are not able to fall asleep before 11pm, not so much because of distractions in their bedroom, but because that’s how teens are wired.

Logo used during 1970s

Logo used during 1970s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Students take aim at youth depression and suicide with ‘I’ve got your back’ message”

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This January 29, 2014 article on the Central Pennsylvania Patriot News website talks about Aevidum a group formed by and for students in response to a teen suicide.  They recently held a basketball tournament to raise awareness about suicide, mental illness and other issues faced by teens.

 

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Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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“From pets to ‘recess’: High school stress relief”

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English: Baton Rouge, LA, December 19, 2005 – “Custer”, one of Hope Crisis Response’s 12 therapy dogs from Virginia and New York now working out of the Baton Rouge Joint Field Office. “Custer” will visit various Disaster Recovery Centers and Travel Trailer Parks to offer comfort to displaced victims and relief workers. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This January 31, 2013 article on the York Daily Record website talks about how some schools are starting to add therapy dogs, 20 minute breaks, and other stress reducers to high schools in an attempt at helping students manage their stress better despite the high pressure schedules many students have.

**Side note …. Therapy dogs while similar to Psychiatric Service Dogs are not the same thing.  a TD is trained to work with a group of people and isn’t allowed to go with their handler into as many places as a PSD a PSD is trained to aid an individual and has the same protection under the ADA as a guide dog.   Therapy dogs typically have to be granted special permission to go into public places where a PSD like a guide dog can typically go anywhere the disabled handler can go.**

“Schools can help students cope with depression”

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This article published on December 27, 2011 on the Lehigh Valley Morning Call, discusses a program being offered by The Weller Health Education Center in Easton who is working with Capital Blue Cross to offer a depression awareness program to high school teens to help break down stigma and increase the chance that teens can get help if they need it.

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