Court Records Show COVID-19’s Psychological Toll on Puerto Rico’s Incarcerated Youth

As pandemic lockdowns dragged on, youth in lockups sought to harm themselves. A federal judge has called the situation "constitutionally unacceptable."

Lynsey Romero struggled with her mental health due to trauma and the pandemic.


Washington Youth Struggle with Mental Health as State is Stretched to Serve Them

Poor mental health is a crisis in Washington, especially among young people. In February, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation to address the issue.

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University of Pennsylvania Seeks Input on Foster Care Suicide Assessment

Lily Brown, University of Penn.: “There’s not currently a systematic way to assess youth in the system for their suicide risk,
Researchers at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry want to hear from those involved in the care of youth in the foster care system for a study on the topic of suicide risk assessments. 


Suicide Looms Large in Minds of Many Foster Youth

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
As a kid, Ed Shoemaker liked the outdoors. So when his mother suggested they go camping – putting him in the back of her SUV in the driveway with a blanket, flashlight and a book – he settled in, content.


How One County is Working Together to Address Young People at Risk of Suicide

In San Bernardino County, a largely rural, high desert community of about 21,000 square miles that boasts nearly 2.2 million residents, we really struggle to coordinate help for children and youth experiencing suicidal ideation due to the lack of psychiatric services available in our area.


The Door in the Labyrinth: Forgive Yourself

Those who have experienced foster care have experienced traumatic events which may affect us short-term, long-term or permanently. Sometimes we believe that somehow we ourselves are responsible for such events. Sometimes we just do not know what to think, and the process of grief overcomes us, resulting in anxiety, depression and the development of new habits which may cause more harm than good.


    Twelve Child Welfare Reform Ideas from Former Foster Youth

    The annual Foster Youth Intern (FYI) report, published by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, has emerged as the best injection of fresh thinking on federal child welfare policy. The report includes federal reform proposals crafted by former foster youth who have spent the summer interning on Capitol Hill.


    Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts, #9: Suicide Prevention for Current, Former Foster Youth

    The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 12 former foster youths who completed Congressional internships.


    A Day To Reflect on Suicide’s Heavy Toll

    Saturday, Nov. 22 was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day on which family and friends of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support.