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Blog Category: Children’s Mental Health

Improving Family Economic Security Reduces Child Maltreatment

Guest Post by Jamia “Mia” Crockett, Chief Executive Officer of Families Forward Virginia Families Forward Virginia, in partnership with the Division of Family Services at Virginia Department of Social Services…

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2022 Youth Advocacy Cohort Application

Voices for Virginia’s Children is establishing a small cohort of youth advocates, comprised of young change makers, to join us for Advocacy Days at the General Assembly in January 2022….

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A National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health

Advocates, school personnel, mental health clinicians, and families have been saying for years – even before the pandemic –  that children’s mental health access is in a state of emergency….

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Talking to Youth After Violence

It is an unfortunate truth in this country that we must have difficult and scary conversations that follow acts of violence, including school shootings. These events stir up confusion, fear,…

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A “New Normal” for Children’s Mental Health

We are encouraged by the recent focus on and conversation about athletes’ mental health and normalizing the experiences of anxiety, depression and social-emotional well-being that all individuals face. This is…

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Intentional Recruitment of Clinicians of Color

This is a guest blog post written by Olivya Wilson, MSW, LCSW, the Parent Engagement Coordinator for Greater Richmond SCAN. This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one on…

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Diverting Mental Health Crisis from Law Enforcement: Creating Different Points of Access

Photo by: Office of Gov. Ralph Northam In 2018, Marcus-David Peters was a 24-year old high school biology teacher and a recent graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Peters was…

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LGBTQ+ Youth and Policy Change: Celebrating Progress and More Work to Do

As Pride Month is ending soon, we want to bring attention to policies that promote equality for LGBTQ+ youth.  According to the Human Rights Campaign’s State Equity Index, a scorecard…

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The Impact of Having Clinicians of Color

This is a guest blog post written by Olivya Wilson, MSW, LCSW, the Parent Engagement Coordinator for Greater Richmond SCAN. This is part one on the impact of having clinicians…

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2021 Legislative Session: Children’s Mental Health

The pandemic has greatly impacted children’s mental health and well-being and there will not be easy policy solutions. However, we are pleased to see the following measures moving forward during…

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