Sept 29, 2018, Kansas City (MO) Star: Lee’s Summit CARES helps youth struggling with depression https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/lsjournal/article219257875.html Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those aged 10 to 24 years, according to Centers for Disease Control. September is Suicide Awareness Month and Lee’s Summit CARES is dedicated to engaging more youth with their mental health and well-being to prevent suicide. It is incredibly important to know how to look for the signs of suicide, and we want our community to feel comfortable reaching out to someone in need and in navigating resources. Some middle and high school students feel very overwhelmed with stress and search for ways to manage their overly booked schedules and navigate their way through social media outlets. Students who do not get enough sleep, proper nutrition and exercise — on top of facing daily stress — can experience anxiety and depression. … But there is help for those who are struggling: 80 to 90 percent of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. …
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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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