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September 10, 2018  

To Raise Confident, Independent Kids, Some Parents Are Trying To 'Let Grow'

Let Grow is reaching out to elementary schools across the country to assign kids the Let Grow project as homework. Participating kids decide to do something on their own that they haven't done before — whether it's walking the dog around the block, or making dinner, or walking a few aisles over in the supermarket to get some eggs. 

July 31, 2018  

Beyond Opioids: How A Family Came Together To Stay Together

NPR-For most of her childhood, growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, Kelly Zimmerman felt alone and anxious.She despaired when her mother was depressed or working late shifts; when her parents fought nonstop; when her friends wanted to come over, and she felt too ashamed to let them see her home's buckling floor, the lack of running water. 

July 31, 2018  

Researchers Show Impact of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare More Lasting

Now, a landmark study by researchers at the University of New Hampshire has found that parents of youth who went through an outdoor behavioral program report that their children showed almost three times the improvement after one year than youth who remained in their communities for more traditional treatment.

July 31, 2018  

VNA to open LGBTQ center in Asbury Park

The Visiting Nurse Association’s Health Group Prevention Resource Network will open a center within its VNACJ Community Health Center in Asbury Park to serve the LGBTQ community.

July 10, 2018  

Minority Mental Health Month

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).

July 10, 2018  

The Growing Case for Social Media Addiction

Dr. Orif Turel, a leading researcher in technology addiction and an associate professor at CSU Fullerton, says compulsively checking Instagram, Facebook and Twitter isn't just fun — it could be hurting our brain.

June 26, 2018  

Ocean County Hunger Relief to close after 37 years

TOMS RIVER - After 37 years serving the most vulnerable people from Lakewood to Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County Hunger Relief will permanently close its doors and cupboards on June 30.

June 26, 2018  

Disabled people in N.J. just got a benefit they've always wanted

People with disabilities or their families now will be permitted to create a tax-free savings account to pay for housing, transportation and other services to help them lead independent lives, under a program announced Monday by Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson.

June 26, 2018  

The FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. Additional resources are available on the e-snaps page on the HUD Exchange.

June 19, 2018  

With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From 'Don't' to 'Delay'

...drug prevention education in schools has evolved significantly since the "Just Say No" days of the '80s — and now typically takes an approach that's more appropriate for the era of ubiquitous weed access. It's one that emphasizes decision-making and critical thinking skills instead of abstinence.

June 12, 2018  

Will the New Foster Care Law Give Grandparents a Hand?

The aim of a new federal law is to reduce the number of children who end up in the troubled foster care system — the biggest reboot of the child welfare system since 1980. But already, the Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump in February, is generating some controversy.

June 12, 2018  

Summer Success Kit for Kids With ADHD

Creating — and sticking to — a summer schedule will make it easier for kids to stay organized, help them manage transitions without melting down and make it less difficult to get back into a good routine when it’s time to go back to school. 

June 12, 2018  

Preventing Parent Burnout

Meeting the emotional challenges of caring for children with mental health issues

May 21, 2018  

Study Shows Increase In Youth Suicide Attempts

he number of school-age children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled since 2008, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study published today in Pediatrics.

May 21, 2018  

Beyond Pregnancy Prevention: Preparing Youth for the Future

One federally-funded youth life skills program in Madison Heights, Michigan, is at the forefront of addressing these issues, providing entrepreneurship, employment and educational training opportunities to youth who are in foster care in or around the Madison Heights local community.