Students In Oregon Allowed To Take ‘Mental Health Days’

This article was originally posted by NPR Oregon’s suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law. Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health […]

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Medical students’ ACE scores mirror general population, study finds

This article was originally published by Aces Too High. A national survey published in 2014 revealed a disturbing finding. Compared to college graduates pursuing other professions, medical students, residents and early career physicians experienced a higher degree of burnout. Citing that article, a group of researchers at University of California at Davis School of Medicine wondered whether […]

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Three Adverse Childhood Experiences That Linger Long Into Adulthood

This article was originally posted by the Douglas County Herald  Adversity hits everyone at various points in adult life, whether it comes in the form of physical injury, sickness, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, a broken romance, financial problems, or a series of disappointments that don’t seem fair. Many adults learn […]

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Adverse childhood experiences are different than child trauma, and it’s critical to understand why

This article was originally published by Child Trends.  Legislators, caregivers, and the media increasingly recognize that childhood adversity poses risks to individual health and well-being. The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study has helped raise public awareness about this critical public health issue. However, as the use of ACEs questionnaires for identifying potentially harmful childhood experiences has gained […]

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What if schools focused on improving relationships rather than test scores?

This article was originally published by Atlanta News Now.  By Maureen Downey A year ago I wrote a Get Schooled essay about an outstanding early-career high school English teacher in Georgia who had become so frustrated with testing and scripted curricula that she decided to leave the profession. She had been a participant in a study I […]

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