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MINDBEAT Podcast: A Glimpse into the Future of School-Based Mental Health

In the first episode of MINDBEAT by Effective School Solutions, Amy Kennedy joins co-hosts Duncan and Laine to discuss the current state of school-based mental health in the U.S., significant changes regarding mental health in the classroom, the youth mental health crisis, federal and state initiatives in place to address the crisis, and why we all need to invest in mental health.

How Dental Cleanings become Mental Health Screenings…

Our children’s mouths are a wealth of information. If dentists incorporate mental health screenings  into patient visits, with the proper training they can catch warning signs for depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns and have the tools and understanding to make connections for families in need of support.

NC State announces ‘Wellness Day’ in response to multiple student suicide deaths this semester

In the wake of three tragic student deaths by suicide this semester at North Carolina State University, Amy Kennedy spoke with WRAL about the need to make mental health resources more readily available on college campuses.

Beyond Therapy Podcast: Amy Kennedy on Mental Health Advocacy in Schools

Amy Kennedy is the co-founder of The Kennedy Forum, which leads a national dialogue on transforming mental health and addiction care in the U.S. Today, we speak with her about the importance of why there should be more mental health services in schools.

Phantom providers are a nightmare for parents

Getting help for kids who need mental health care is already challenging, and “phantom” providers make it that much harder. Fortunately, advocates are hard at work behind the scenes trying to remedy this.

States: Don’t Pass Up Federal Dollars to Strengthen Youth Mental Health Services

Fully meeting students’ social and emotional needs is impossible to do with teachers alone. That’s why it’s essential that states and school districts take advantage of available federal funds to support school-based health programming and workforce-building efforts.

Governor Murphy Introduces Chair’s Initiative: Strengthening Youth Mental Health Care

PORTLAND, ME — To kick off the initiatives, the Governor and First Lady participated in a panel discussion with mental health expert Heidi Baskfield, vice president of Population, Health and Advocacy at Children’s Hospital Colorado; Amy Kennedy, education director, The Kennedy Forum; and Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, AVP for Health Equity, Merck and lead, Merck for Mothers.

A White House Conversation on Youth Mental Health

WASHINGTON, DC — In celebration of Mental Health Month, Amy Kennedy attended the first-ever Youth Mental Health Forum at the White House featuring First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, singer and actress Selena Gomez, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and 30 young leaders from across the country.

Ask a therapist: A live Q&A to explore common youth mental health challenges

In celebration of #MentalHealthAction Day, on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2pm ET, The Kennedy Forum’s Education Director, Amy Kennedy, held a free Facebook Live session with Brightline behavioral therapist Lina Rodas, LCSW to discuss the most common mental health conditions in youth, what signs parents and other caregivers should watch for, when it might be time to seek professional help, educational resources, and more.

Urgency needed to thwart youth mental health crisis, Stockton panelists say

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Amid growing youth mental health concerns, more must be done to avoid a nationwide crisis, especially as children become older, a panel at Stockton University said Tuesday.

“We’re seeing more issues with more children,” said local school nurse Victoria Druding, adding more students have come to her for mental health treatment.