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Children Who Witness Parent's Immigration Arrest May Suffer Lifetime Health Consequences

While children show different responses to early trauma, depending on factors such as their age, coping mechanisms, and family support, experts say that research shows that witnessing a parent's arrest or deportation leads to a complex series of problems.
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Against Stigma: Writing Responsibly About Mental Illness

Smart reporting on mental health makes an effort to avoid stigmatizing people with mental illness. Here are a few solutions one reporter found especially helpful in covering the subject in Texas, where the state's largest jail became its largest mental health facility.

The Story Behind the Story: Anthony Advincula Discusses the Mental Health Impacts of Deportations on Children

New York journalist Anthony Advincula discusses the challenge of finding a subject willing to speak openly on the sensitive issue.

How gangs impact communities' health

Driving around South Central or East Los Angeles, it's common to see young crowds gathering outside mortuaries. Some call the area the "gang capital" of the United States, with more than 450 gangs with at least 45.000 active gang members, according to the LAPD.

Need psychiatric aid? Go to kid jail

Not everyone who passes through Sacramento County's version of juvenile hall may be there for primarily criminal issues.

Niños en EE. UU. enfrentan dificultades luego de la deportación de sus padres

Las consecuencias de la separación de los padres de los niños pueden incluir causar o exacerbar los problemas de salud mental, como los trastornos depresivos o de ansiedad.
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U.S.-born children struggle after parents are deported

The consequences of separating parents from children can include causing or exacerbating mental health problems such as depressive or anxiety disorders.
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Is locking kids in a closet an effective behavior management technique?

Teaching children with severe disabilities is challenging work, and teacher unions and school administrator associations say that seclusion and restraint, properly implemented, are necessary tools in their classroom management strategies.

Long search for children’s mental health data turns up treasure trove

Last year, I started looking for a compelling story about children’s mental health in California that was grounded in solid numbers. I made lots of phone calls and had lots of meetings. Sources were sympathetic. They, too, would love to quantify problems with mental health services.

Detention centers deaths raise immigrant rights questions

The death of Fernando in a detention center north of Los Angeles in 2012 was one of more than 130 others since 2003 in the 250 detention centers for immigrants. Some in detention charge that their medical needs are neglected.
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