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Early screening for learning disabilities ‘would make a huge difference’

By Aileen Delgado, Courtney Curtis and Rick Hampson Urban Health Media Project              WASHINGTON -- Frank Pinckney wonders what his life could have been like if his parents and teachers had believed what he now believes: that as a child he had a learning disability, attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and suffered from trauma after a sexual...

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Correctional facilities: The Band-Aid to mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Shawanna Vaughn had no choice. She was born in a prison hospital to an incarcerated mother.  She endured a tough childhood, only to land back in prison at 17, and continue the harmful cycle. “Nobody got to prison without adverse childhood experiences which turned into adult traumas,” said Vaughn, founder of Silent...

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Social media: A complex challenge for youth and parents to protect mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Using social media– specifically apps like Instagram and Snapchat--requires tricky negotiation for young people to engage socially while avoiding its potentially intense toxic impact.  “Their brains are not fully formed, not fully myelinated—they’re more at risk for the addictive aspect of these devices and these apps, and (teens) have less protective factors,”...