Feeling “Ghosted” No More

Crossposted from Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools New educational theatre production helps bring the mental health challenges that many young people deal with out into the open. Note from the editor: Ghosted will be presented at the following King County Schools in Fall/Winter 2019: Rainier Beach High School (Seattle) – November 6-7, 2019 Franklin High School…

CPSTF Recommends School-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs to Reduce Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

Crossposted from The Community Guide The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends school-based cognitive behavioral therapy programs to prevent or reduce depression and anxiety symptoms among school-aged children and adolescents. Universal programs are delivered to all children and adolescents, and targeted programs are directed toward children and adolescents who are assessed to be at…

THANK YOU to Our Summer Internship Partners!

During Summer 2017, Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) will host six student interns (age 15-20) who will act as peer mental health educators. They will support positive mental health promotion and suicide prevention in communities and schools in South and Central Seattle. Learn more about the project and how it came about in our…

Welcome Public Health’s Summer Interns!

As part of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Youth Opportunity Initiative, Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is partnering with the City of Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and Parks & Recreation to host six student interns during the Summer of 2017. A Health Educator with the School-Based Partnerships Program at PHSKC will supervise and mentor…

Addressing “13 Reasons Why” in Your Practice

A new series on Netflix titled “13 Reasons Why” follows the story of a teenager who commits suicide and the people she claims had a hand in her decision to kill herself. The series sparked national controversy among parents, educators, administrators, and suicide prevention experts, including concerns in Western Washington. Concerns arose over glorification of suicide…

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

A February 2017 feature on NPR highlights recent research published in Pediatrics that found that teen girls experience depression more frequently than teen boys. Researchers saw a marked increase in depression rates since 2011, which they believe may be associated with increased use of social media among teens. Have you noticed this difference between teen girls…