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The following internet resources were compiled by "E-Adolescence", April, 2007, to provide valuable web site information and resources for assisting adolescents with issues such as mental illness.

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Adolescent Mental Health Survey from the National Center for Health Statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/NCHS/measurescatalog/camh.htm

A website that provides detailed information about survey measures about child and adolescent mental health issues and services used in various surveys of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data systems. It allows users to search for mental health measures by topic; print measure summaries (including the text of the question or scale, response options, etc.); and link to other survey questionnaires, documentation, datafiles and more.

Coping with Traumatic Events
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/index.aspx

SAMHSA provides a variety of publications and resources on coping with traumatic events, including clearinghouse information and resources for specific audiences, such as responders, schools, and families.

Responding to a Violent or Traumatic Event
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention/ U.S. Department of Education
http://www.higheredcenter.org/violence/responding_to_a_violent_or_traumatic_event.html

The Higher Education Center's purpose is to help college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.

Half of Us
http://www.halfofus.com/update.aspx

Half of Us, in partnership with mtvU and the Jed Foundation, provides resources to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. Their website provides resources on dealing with tragedy, mental health issues, stress and alcohol and drug use.

It also provides information for professionals, such as the 2006 report, mtvUCollegeMental Health Study: Stress, Depression, Stigma & Students. This report reviews research on how stress and depression are affecting college students nationwide http://www.halfofus.com/_media/_pr/mtvUCollegeMentalHealthStudy2006.pdf


 
SUICIDE


Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
http://www.sprc.org/library/college_sp_whitepaper.pdf

SPRC provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Their “state information” webpages provides information and links on state efforts about all aspects of state-wide prevention efforts. This information was updated on 3/07.

SPRC’s library pages provides access to a wide array of publications such as Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in College and University Settings (www.sprc.org/library/college_sp_whitepaper.pdf). This white paper summarizes what is known about suicidal behavior among college students and recommends strategies to promote mental health and prevent suicide on campuses. The writing reflects the views of experts in the field of suicide prevention and proposes a blueprint for planning a comprehensive program.

Their Best Practices Registry For Suicide Prevention provides information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: evidence-based programs, expert and consensus statements, and standards.

Youth Suicide Prevention Trainings
http://www.ncspt.org/workshops/default.asp

NCSPT provides free on-line trainings on youth suicide prevention: 1) Locating, understanding and presenting youth suicide data; 2) Planning and evaluation for youth suicide prevention; and 3) Youth suicide prevention – an introduction to gatekeeping. All workshops are ongoing and completed at your own pace. All workshops are ongoing and completed at your own pace. CEU’s are available for social workers (through NASW) and health educators (through NCHEC).



YOUTH DEVELOPMENT


Positive Youth Development Resource Manual:
Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth Center of Excellence
http://www.actforyouth.net/?ydManual

A collection of  user-friendly materials for educating community groups about positive youth development with the ultimate goal of facilitating organizational and community change. This online manual includes training activities with instructions/facilitation tips, handouts, brief power point presentations and references to other resources. It is divided into six themed sections (defining positive youth development; positive youth outcomes; youth involvement; youth development in care settings; effective YD programming; community involvement and collaboration). Section 7 provides resources, references and an addendum of energizers.

Business Leadership: Supporting Youth Development and the Talent Pipeline (2007)
Forum for Youth Investment
http://www.forumfyi.org/Files//Business_Leadership_Report.pdf

FYI has partnered with Corporate Voices for Working Families to support a Youth Transitions Task Force charged with identifying and promoting the corporate and public policies necessary to ensure that young people ages 14-21 have the opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in work and in life. As part of this work, the Forum and CVWF recently released this reportwhich outlines the core elements of successful business investment in youth programs and highlights some of the most innovative strategies being used by companies to prepare young people for the challenges of the global marketplace.

HYD Data
Child and Youth Well-Being Index, 2007 CWI)
Foundation for Child Development's
http://www.fcd-us.org/resources/resources_show.htm?doc_id=472847

CWI is a composite measure that makes it possible to analyze national trends in overall child well-being over time. It is based on 28 indicators in seven key domains of well-being: safety/behavior, family economic wellbeing, health, community connectedness, educational attainment, social relationships, and emotional/spiritual wellbeing.

The 2007 CWI charts overall well-being for all American children, but also permits comparisons in well-being among children from different racial and ethnic groups, and by family income, gender, and age.




EDUCATION

Legislation in Need of Improvement: Reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act to Better Address Barriers to Learning (Policy Analysis Report)
NIIAH Partner:  UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools,
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/nclbra.pdf

Anticipating Congressional hearings related to reauthorizing the No Child Left
Behind Act, the report provides an analysis of preliminary hearings and relatedreports and proposals. The specific focus is on whether the reauthorization process is likely to include a substantive discussion of what is needed to enableall children to have an equal opportunity to succeed at school. In discussing implications, it is stressed that the reauthorization process so far has been designed in ways that make it extremely difficult to have serious attention paid to promoting development of a comprehensive system of learning supports to address barriers and enable learning and teaching.


 

POLICY

Clearinghouse for Sustaining and Expanding Youth Programs and Policies
The Finance Project & Forum for Youth Investment (via Connect For Kids)
http://www.financeproject.org/irc/youth/index.asp

This online clearinghouse is a joint project of The Finance Project and the Forum for Youth Investment. The clearinghouse contains information and resources for supporting and sustaining youth programs and initiatives. It is designed to help you learn about data, tools, policies, practices, financing strategies, coordination efforts and technical assistance resources developed by organizations in the field that aim to improve the lives of youth. The clearinghouse was designed to meet the needs of program developers and managers, intermediaries, funders and policymakers. This clearinghouse will help you learn what is happening around the country and develop innovating strategies for implementing, financing and sustaining effective programs and policies.

 

PROGRAM PLANNING & EVALUATION


Effective and Promising Practices
The New York State Office of Child and Family Services
http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/sppd/eff%5Fpractices

A website dedicated to effective and promising practices. The purpose is to provide resources for service providers and other decision makers involved in programs to improve outcomes for children and families. It offers background information and links to federal and national organizations that provide information on evidence-based programs; developing and measuring outcomes; research on effective practices; and implementation issues.

What Works: Programs and Interventions that May Influence Outcomes for Youth and Young Children
ChildTrends DataBank
http://childtrendsdatabank.org/WhatWorks.cfm

Information for over 60 indicators about the types of programs and interventions that may influence particular outcomes for teens and young children.



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This information was found as part of the enewsletter published by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center:  funded through Cooperative Agreement #U93 MC 00163-01 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Office of Adolescent Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. The State Adolescent Health Resource Center is housed at the University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center, Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine.

e-adolescence .........................................................April, 2007


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