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Teaching Peace in Elementary School

Teaching Peace in Elementary School
Photo FOR years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience. Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in elementary schools. In many communities, elementary teachers, guidance counselors and administrators are embracing what is known as social and emotional learning, or S.E.L., a process through which people become more aware of their feelings and learn to relate more peacefully to others. Feeling left out? “It’s not just about how you feel, but how are you going to solve a problem, whether it’s an academic problem or a peer problem or a relationship problem with a parent,” said Mark T. S.E.L., sometimes called character education, embraces not just the golden rule but the idea that everyone experiences a range of positive and negative feelings. Dr. Related:  Essentials of Education Continued ~Part III~

Number of children seeking help for mental health problems doubles since 1998, landmark survey shows Updated Many parents do not recognise when their child is suffering from depression, with the number of children seeking help for mental health problems doubling since 1998, according to a new report. The landmark national survey — the first of its kind in Australia — which looked at 6,300 families, including 3,000 young people aged four to 17, was commissioned by the previous federal government in 2012. It has been described as a wake-up call for parents, with depression rates nearly doubling when the children provided the information themselves, as opposed to their parents. The report also showed a third of young people with mental health disorders used support services in 1998, in comparison to two-thirds now. Chris Tanti, CEO of youth mental health initiative Headspace, said while many of the statistics in the report were alarming, it would hopefully encourage parents to become more vigilant about noticing changes in their child's mood or behaviour.

Mental health service revamp welcomed Mental health professionals have declared their support for the federal government's mental health reforms, but many are waiting for further detail on how the new system will work. The government says the reforms focus on a number of concrete actions: Contestable mental health services will be commissioned, not delivered, through the recently established primary health networks.Coordinated packages of care will be created for people with severe and complex needs and flexible support for mild and moderate needs.A new digital mental health gateway will optimise the use of digital mental health services.A new approach to suicide prevention, co-ordinated by primary health networks. In a statement Australian Psychological Society executive director Lyn Littlefield said the proposed changes would "lead to a more integrated and coordinated approach" to mental health care. She said the focus on children, young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health was also welcomed.

Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way School Thanksgiving activities often mean dressing children in “Indian” headdresses and paper feathers as they sing “My Country ’Tis of Thee” or “Mr. Turkey.” Some teachers might even ask their students to draw themselves as Native Americans from the past, complete with feather-adorned headbands and buckskin clothing. Native Americans have been speaking out and writing back against the colonialist narrative of Thanksgiving for as long as the American narrative has existed. Doris Seale (Santee/Cree) and Beverly Slapin (Dakota/Cree/Abenaki) edited A Broken Flute in 2005, which includes a chapter that deconstructs the myths perpetuated about the first Thanksgiving. Teaching about Thanksgiving in a socially responsible way means that educators accept the ethical obligation to provide students with accurate information and to reject traditions that sustain harmful stereotypes about indigenous peoples.

6.29 billion reasons youth mental health needs help - About ReachOut Australia UPDATE: A Way Forward was released on Thursday, 7 May. View the media release or download the report (PDF 2.2MB). Lost productivity amongst people with mental illness aged 12–25 costs Australia $6.29 billion per year, according to new data from ReachOut Australia and Ernst and Young (EY). Released today, the findings form part of a forthcoming report – A Way Forward: Equipping Australia’s Mental Health System for the Next Generation – which explores how the system might cost effectively connect more young people to the help they need. ReachOut Australia’s CEO Jono Nicholas recognises that young Australians are finding it harder than ever to secure and retain employment. “The data clearly shows the urgent need to better support young people’s mental health if we are to prevent losing $780,000 per hour in lost economic productivity,” said Mr Nicholas. Tony Johnson CEO of EY Australia says it is vital for corporate Australia to acknowledge and respond to mental illness in the workplace.

theconversation Announcing the federal government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s review of mental health services today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull emphasised the concept of patient choice. The commission’s review was the latest in a long line of reports showing that for many Australians needing mental health care, their current choice is between getting no care or getting poor care. The reforms announced today have the potential to change this appalling situation. Poor access to care Mental health is the third-biggest chronic disease in Australia behind cancer and heart disease, affecting 4-5 million people each year. Access rates to care are low. Following deinstitutionalisation 30 years ago, which overturned the practice of sending people with severe mental illness to asylums, Australia largely failed to invest in a genuine system of community mental health care. The bar for entry into the state-run hospital system rose, so you must be sicker and sicker to qualify for care.

Manning: Native American Heritage Month: 6 Tips for Educators, Parents On October 30, 2015, President Obama proclaimed the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. Here are some tips and ideas for consideration, for educators and parents of both Native and non-Native students. 1. Firstly, talk with students about the significance of the month and presidential proclamation Review and discuss the presidential proclamation with students. 2. The overwhelming majority of representations of Native Americans, including many educational resources, depict Native Americans as people of the past — in tipis, buckskin, and feathers. 3. Historical record tends to favor male leaders and chiefs, however women have historically been central to tribal societies. Also, remember to highlight women of the past and women of the future. 4. There are presently over 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States with very diverse communities and distinct cultures. 5. 6. Sarah Sunshine Manning

New videos for children of parents with a mental health condition Courtesy: COPMI Up to 23 per cent of Australian children have a parent who has a mental health condition. Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI), a national initiative, has released a series of short video clips for young people aged 10 and up, to help explain the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions that their parent may experience. A collaboration between young people, parents and professionals, the videos aim to strengthen children’s understanding of mental health conditions and how symptoms can affect their parents’ behaviour. The opening video features the stories of young people who have personal experience living with a parent with a mental health condition. The video sets the scene for the following nine videos in the series.

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions By Eduardo Briceño A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks, and become more effective learners. As more and more people learn about the growth mindset, which was first discovered by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, we sometimes observe some confusions about it. Recently some critiques have emerged. Of course we invite critical analysis and feedback, as it helps all of us learn and improve, but some of the recent commentary seems to point to misunderstandings of growth mindset research and practice. Confusion #1: What a growth mindset is When we ask people to tell us what the growth mindset is, we often get lots of different answers, such as working hard, having high expectations, being resilient, or more general ideas like being open or flexible. Confusion #2: To foster a growth mindset, simply praise children for working hard Deepening our understanding over time