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Parents and teachers need 20/20 clarity about the REAL 4/20 Story

The Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health outlines a series of recommendations to improve youth mental health across eleven sectors, including young people and their families, educators and schools, and media and technology companies. Topline recommendations include Increasing timely data collection and research to identify and respond to youth mental …

Protecting Children from Predators

As I look back on the years when I was teaching sexuality education in the public schools, I remember that nearly every time I completed the lesson, we called the “Love Test,” I would have at least 3 to 4 students waiting to talk to me after class. The love …

Collateral Damage- Avoiding mental illness during a pandemic

The collateral damage resulting from lockdowns during the Covid-19 national response has been devastating, with young people struggling to cope with a range of issues, including how to manage negative feelings of depression, along with anxiety and thoughts of suicide.  Independent research presented this month by Dr. William Merchant from …

Strong Scientific Evidence of Healthy Futures Nu-CULTURE

When school districts and community-based organizations implement Healthy Futures Nu-CULTURE program, they know they are implementing a program that is based on evidence. Not only strong theory but a program that is likely to impact behavior. The 2016 peer reviewed study by Calise, Chow, Dore, et al., found that female …