Nov 12, 2018, Marshalltown (IA) Times Republican: Iowa schools focus on mental health after high suicide rate http://www.timesrepublican.com/news/todays-news/2018/11/iowa-schools-focus-on-mental-health-after-high-suicide-rate/ … On Jan. 28, 2012, the 15-year-old Johnston High School freshman took his own life. The next day, another Johnston student did the same. There were a total of three suicides that year in the Des Moines suburb’s school district. Brian Carico was principal at Johnston Middle School when his son killed himself, and he can’t help but feel that he and other school staff could have done more. … With suicides across Iowa at their highest levels in more than a decade, schools are trying to stem future deaths by stepping up training focused on identifying students at risk and getting them help. Iowa’s suicide rate is growing faster than many states and exceeds the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A year after Cameron’s funeral, Carico met Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, of Des Moines, at Panera Bread in Johnston to discuss how the state could curb the rise in teen suicides. The national suicide rate for youth ages 10 to 19 increased 56 percent between 2007 and 2016, according to the CDC. From that discussion, Petersen drafted a bill to require teacher training on suicide prevention. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2113 in March…. The state offers free Youth Mental Health First Aid courses to school districts. About 12,000 Iowa residents, including educators and other community members, are certified “First Aiders,” according to the Iowa Department of Education. …
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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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