Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Helping Schools Support Student Health


Helping Schools Support Student Health

Schools play an important role in screening student health and providing critical support, but they often lack the capacity to best serve all students in need. Two federal agencies - the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - partnered up to develop this guide for schools regarding options within and beyond Medicaid to get funding for mental health and substance use services for students. In addition, The Trevor Project has developed a Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention to help schools prevent, assess, intervene in and respond to suicidal behavior.

 NIHCM Webinar || Communities for Change: Preventing Suicide

Millennials: Not As Healthy As You Think

Though 83% of millennials consider themselves to be in good or excellent health, millennials overall are not as healthy as the previous generation, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index. Older millennials (age 34-36) have higher rates for the top 10 health conditions than Generation Xers did at their age, and 6 of the top 10 conditions are behavioral health conditions. Due to the higher than average rates of depression among millennials in their member states, Wellmark convened a forum to identify barriers to solving this issue. Participants highlighted stigma, lack of an identified primary care doctor and pressure to exceed expectations as challenges for millennials in managing their behavioral health.

 NIHCM Webinar || Turning the Tide on Mental Health Trends

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