Changing the Stigma of Mental Illness

InformED Report - January 30, 2017

Woman and mountains01/16/2017 | United Kingdom | The Guardian

We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May

Andrew Sparrow & Peter Walker | The Guardian | A. Sparrow Twitter | Peter Walker Twitter

The government is to announce measures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, the prime minister has said, claiming social efforts are more important than providing extra money for services.

Theresa May said the importance of support networks for people with mental illness had been brought home to her by the observation that anyone at work with their arm in a plaster would have colleagues talking about their injury, while “if you have a mental health problem, people are more likely to try to avoid you”.

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Words are not enough to tackle the crisis in mental health

The Guardian

I am, of course, pleased that Theresa May recognizes that increasing numbers of adults and children are suffering from mental health difficulties (May pledges to try to reduce stigma, 9 January). The huge emotional burden this puts on families only increases the risks. These difficulties have escalated in the six years since massive cuts to public services and most preventive mental health services, alongside the increased culture of competition that leads to more anxiety and less security.

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Stacks of coins01/16/2017 | Baton Rouge, LA | KATC.com

Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education

KATC.com

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

"This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

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Oklahoma scores D+ on national report for education quality

Franque Thompson | ABC Tulsa | Twitter

Oklahoma is starting off the year as one of the lowest ranking states concerning the quality of education. The state was ranked 47th in the nation on Education Week’s annual “Quality Counts” report. Oklahoma received a D+, scoring 68.3 out of 100 on its overall grade, compared to the nation’s 74.2 average.

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said the grade is a painful reflection of how the state’s budget crisis is impacting education.

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U.S. Department of Education seal01/16/2017 | Washington, DC | Education World

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Clarify ESSA Provisions Designed to Protect Homeless Youth

Education World

On October 1, 2016, the new provisions included in the reauthorized McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youths program will go into effect.

These provisions, included in the Every Student Succeeds Act, are designed to better help homeless children residing in the U.S. In order to best help schools understand the responsibilities they will soon have, the U.S. Department of Education has issued a guidance today.

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