Oct 25, 2018, Sydney Morning Herald: [$43M US dollars] $60m mental health centre for teenagers to open in Parkville https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/60m-mental-health-centre-for-teenagers-to-open-in-parkville-20181025-p50bv3.html A new "centre of excellence" to support teenagers and young adults with mental health issues will open in Melbourne before the end of the year, providing clinical treatment for an estimated 5000 people every year. … It will also provide peer and family support, acute care and psychological treatments for young people in need. … The announcement comes a day after Labor pledged to hold a royal commission into the state’s mental health system, and also send mental health workers to every Victorian state high school if it is re-elected next month. … A recent analysis found that the number of Victorian children and teenagers, aged 10 to 19, presenting to hospital emergency departments with a mental health issue had tripled between 2008 and 2015. The steep rise far exceeded the rise in physical disorders. …
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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