Tips to Help Against Youth Suicide and Depression

The recent tragedy surrounding the attempted suicide in Walpole NH reminds us all that the danger of youth suicide remains active in our own backyard.  Drawing upon the recently blogged Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Platform and the new website , it is worth thinking again about some suggestions for parents and primary care clinicians.  […]

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New Program for Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention

The Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Platform 2012 was released yesterday by the Center for Health and Learning.  This program is developed from a grant awarded to the Center from SAMHSA and features 10 specific components, including a new website designed for youth to access themselves to get important information of what to do if […]

Overtreatment of Adolescent Depression? A New SAMHSA Report Says Otherwise

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHA) recently issued a report based on new survey results.  One area of focus was major depression among adolescents.   Major findings from the survey included the following: 1.9 million youth (8% of the population) between the ages 12-17 experienced a major depressive episode in 2010, a rate […]

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Genetic Sensitivities to Negative AND Positive Parenting

Traditional models of child emotional-behavioral problems often posit the presence of genetic “vulnerabilities” that can be realized in the presence of specific environmental triggers.  A series of new studies, however, suggest that some genes may make children more sensitive to both negative and positive environments.   Three separate studies that were published together examine the interaction […]

Findings from the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011

The Department of Health conducts a survey among high school and now middle school students in Vermont every two years to query about behaviors that are known to contribute to injury and disease.  The 2011 survey has recently been recently released.  Highlights for the 2011 survey in comparison to the 2009 survey include the following. […]

Antidepressants and Suicide – What’s Happened Since the Black Box?

  In 2004, the FDA mandated that all antidepressants carry a black box warning related to the risk of new suicidal behavior.  This warning generated a great deal of attention and controversy leading up to the warning and in its immediate aftermath, as data showed a subsequent drop in antidepressant prescription and an 18% increase […]

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