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Why Mental health matters

Kawanna E. ward
August 21, 2022

Interview with Radio host Dale Marry during Mental health awareness month.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

ADHD and Me: Breaking the stigma

More than one in 10 -- or 11 percent -- of children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NEWSMAKER: Study shows Netflix show '13 Reasons Why' connected to rise in teen suicides

Researchers said suicides among kids ages 10-17 jumped to a 19 year high in the month following the release of the series.

Honesty key in talking to kids about shutdown

Even though the government is temporarily open for three weeks, there is still anxiety. When parents are talking to their kids about the shutdown, the key is to be honest with them.

Keya Speaks with Dr Kawanna Ward

This is the first episode of Keya speaks with Dr. Kwanna Ward. The topic of the video is discussing Trauma Sensitive Schools for educators. If you would like to know more information or attend an please register below.

Speaking to children about the unrest

Protests are creating a lot of conversation. So how do you extend that conversation about the protests and the reason for them to your children?