“Clear the Air” Youth Vaping Awareness Campaign

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) joined Governor Parson, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and the Department of Public Safety recently to launch the “Clear the Air” youth vaping awareness campaign. “We are grateful to our educators across our state who face this issue head on each day,” says Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “Providing both parents and educators resources to be better informed on the risks of vaping – and on how to identify vaping devices and the signs of their use – will give them greater support to address this issue with their students and children.”

Clear the Air Awareness Campaign Resources:


School Wellness Symposium

The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals will be hosing an event in Columbia, MO, November 17-18, entitled “School Wellness Symposium – Building Bridges Together.”  The target audience is for K-12 educators, counselors, support staff, health professionals, higher education, clergy, and community decision-makers.

SCHOOL WELLNESS TOPICS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED:

  • Closing Gaps in Achievement and Opportunity: Tyrone Howard
  • Race and Culture in Schools: Tyrone Howard
  • Creating A Culture of High Expectations: Anthony Colannino
  • Making Equity Matter: Maisah Howard
  • Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms: Maisah Howard
  • Building Relationships: Linda Jordan
  • Anxiety and Depression: Polly Patrick
  • Cultural Competency: Erica Battle
  • Social-Emotional Learning: Denise White
  • Hope in Learning: Venola Mason
  • Self-Care: Adam Drummond
  • Chemical Dependency: Linda Jordan
  • School Safety: Missouri School Boards Association
  • Medicaid 101: Missouri School Boards Association (Kim Ratcliffe) NKC Schools (Perry Hilvitz)

Registration and hotel information can be found here.


Preventing Suicide – Article from Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute

Helping children when and where they need it most

Many people are reluctant to talk about suicide, fearing that being open about it will make more people — especially adolescents — see it as a viable way out of whatever distress they’re feeling. But evidence shows the opposite: Asking a child we are worried about if she has thoughts of killing herself can actually help prevent her from going through with it. 
Today is National Suicide Prevention Day, and we join many other groups in sharing information about ways we can fight the sharp increase we’re seeing in adolescent suicides. We explore warning signs that a child might be feeling suicidal, ways to lower the risk of a suicide attempt, and how to help kids cope with the suicide of a classmate, as well as their own painful feelings.
Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 
Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

What to watch out for and how to help.
Self-Injury and Suicide

How Are Self-Injury and Suicide Related?

The intent is different, though one can lead to the other.
Teen Suicide Risk Factors

Teen Suicides: What Are the Risk Factors?

Temperament, family and community all play a role.
What to Do if You're Worried About Suicide

What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

A parent’s guide to helping children in distress.
Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Responding to a painful loss in the healthiest way possible.
Preparing for College

Preparing Kids for College Emotionally

Problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed.
Facebook Live: Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Join the Child Mind Institute for a special Facebook Live this Thursday
Mood Disorders Center

Mood Disorders Center

Help for kids with depression and emotional dysregulation
Dan Reynolds #MyYoungerSelf
Dan Reynolds on Living With Depression
Recursos en Español

Recursos en Español

Read childmind.org articles in Spanish
Symptom Checker

Symptom Checker

Worried about a child? Use our tool to get informed

Snack Facts: Raising the Bar on Nutrition Standards in Schools

While some schools have already implemented higher nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in vending machines and a la carte food lines, the US Department of Agriculture has not updated their rules since 1979.  New rulings will go into effect in September 2014, so some schools may see nutrition improvements in the future.

The USDA’s new standards are required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010, and limit vending machine snacks or “competitive snacks” to 200 calories per item, and sodas and sports drinks sold in high schools to 60 calories or less in a 12-ounce serving.  Elementary and middle schools can sell water, 100% fruit or vegetable juice and low-fat or fat-free milk.

For more information about snacks sold in schools, please see Snack Facts: Raising the Bar on Nutrition Standards in Schools.