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
Jul 15, 2019
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Ellensburg, WA: District to offer "Youth Mental Health First Aid" training
July 10, 2019, Ellensburg (WA) Daily Record: Mental health first aid course offered in August https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/mental-health-first-aid-course-offered-in-august/article_f4fccd78-0d87-5986-96ca-9de19b15a74e.html
The Ellensburg School District is offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid training session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 16 at Hal Holmes Community Center, according to a notice posted on the district’s Facebook page.
The training is for people who work with youth ages 12-18.
The eight-hour class is designed to teach members of the public how to respond in a mental health emergency and offer support to someone who appears to be in distress.
The goals include:
Preserving life when a person may be in danger to self/others.
Preventing the problem from becoming more serious.
Promoting and enhancing recovery.
Providing comfort and support.
Building an understanding of the importance of early intervention.
Education will be provided on the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders including aniexty, ADHD, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, intentional self-injury, trauma, psychosis and disruptive behavior disorders.
The results of the Healthy Youth Survey administered in Kittitas County schools last year, highlighted some mental health issues.
According the survey:
63% of 10th graders report feeling anxious or nervous the past two weeks.
56% of 10th graders report unable to stop or control worrying the past two week.
36% of 10th graders have reported feeling sad or hopeless in the past two weeks — the diagnostic criteria for potential depression.
24% report having suicidal ideation at some point with the past month. Fuller said this is a 10% increase from the last survey — the survey is taken every two years.
The mental health first aid course is sponsored by the district in association with Comprehensive Mental Health and the city of Ellensburg.