Dopamine is a part of our brain's survival mechanism. It is also part of why sugary foods and social media hook kids. The latest neuroscience can help parents help their kids manage behavior.
The Augusta-based Children's Hospital of Georgia will hire a social worker who will support patients and their families. Money will also help pay their travel expenses to treatment.
TikTok has been under scrutiny in recent years about its privacy and security practices and its effect on young people's mental health. Various bans of the app have been enacted across the country.
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Georgia’s film tax credit helped bring blockbuster productions to the state, along with an estimated $4.4 billion in spending during the 12 months ending June 30. But a new report from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts finds lingering concerns about the program’s transparency and rising cost to the state treasury.
The state is working with the group Graduation Alliance to provide $5 million dollars in help to get up to 50,000 students back on track. The alliance will provide academic success coaches to encourage students, and even help with homework.
At its monthly meeting in October, the board voted to expand sensory rooms to each of the district’s 34 schools to allow for a safe space where students may recalibrate, recollect and self-regulate.
A youth mental health crisis and a shortage of therapists and other care providers who take insurance are pushing many U.S. families into financial ruin. But it's rarely acknowledged as medical debt.
About one in every 215 children in Georgia have lost a caregiver due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. That's nearly 12,000 people under the age of 18 whose parent or grandparent, that lived with them and provided support for them, died, according to data shared by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.
Gov. Brian Kemp plans to push for a state budget with $65 million dedicated to fighting pandemic learning loss, hiring new guidance counselors and recruiting teachers.
After the disruption and trauma of the pandemic, educators say kids still need added support this year. In some schools, they're making emotional wellness part of the curriculum.
While a growing number of states are trying to address the increasing mental health crisis among youths, many schools are woefully short of therapists and the budget to hire them.
Last year, U.S. poison control centers got 52,000 calls about children consuming worrisome amounts of the dietary supplement, a popular sleep aid. Two children have died in the past decade.
Brenau University’s doctoral program will provide more psychologists as well as psychology professors to educate future counselors that will fill the thin ranks of mental health practitioners, Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling Chair Julie Battle said.