As Others See It: Vigilance is needed to reduce suicides by children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An editorial from the Tampa Bay Times

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that young adolescents are now more likely to die from suicide than from a car crash. The revelation is a warning about the pervasive influence of social media in the lives of young people, whose smallest actions and decisions can be broadcast to an unforgiving and unlimited audience.

Suicide among young people remains rare, but the fact that it is on the rise is reason for alarm.

via As Others See It: Vigilance is needed to reduce suicides by children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material – Ottawa Citizen

MPs on the Commons health committee may soon find themselves poking around some of the darkest and most disturbing corners of the Internet.

The government has announced it intends to back Conservative MP Arnold Viersen’s bid to have the committee “examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men,” and report its findings back to the House next year.

The motion made its Commons debut on Monday morning.

via Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material | Ottawa Citizen

Investing in our children – States of Mind

Youth mental health services – who should be responsible?

Even in the best circumstances, with healthy kids, a great support network and high functioning parents, there are times when it can be very difficult.

When children are facing mental health challenges, the difficulties often expand exponentially.

One of the most challenging and frustrating parts of raising a child with a mental-health issue is simply navigating the available care, services and resources intended to help.

First, parents need timely and appropriate education about mental health symptoms and appropriate interventions.
Next, they need to know how and where to access these supports and how to incorporate them into their life for the sake of their child.

via Investing in our children – States of Mind – Castanet.net

Provinces watchdog for children says government retaliated against her – British Columbia – CBC News

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond will end her 10 year stint as the provinces Representative for Children and Youth today and says the provincial government often moved slowly and in some cases retaliated against her.

via Provinces watchdog for children says government retaliated against her – British Columbia – CBC News