Shared Links (weekly) Nov. 21, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) Nov. 21, 2021

Sharing – Parents protesting ‘critical race theory’ identify a new target: Mental health programs

Sharing – Parents protesting ‘critical race theory’ identify a new target: Mental health programs

Maybe, most importantly, these parents seem to think they know better, that the mental health of their kids is something they can handle on their own. We know that isn’t true. We know the number of teens who have considered suicide is much higher than the number of parents who think their teen has. That doesn’t suggest that what we’ve been doing is working, it suggests that having mental health resources available at school is a net positive for everyone.

But that fact appears to be no match compared to stigma and conspiracy theories.

Sharing – 11 Factors That Increase the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse

Sharing – 11 Factors That Increase the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse

For example, if we know that kids who don’t understand boundaries, are lonely, live in stressful family situations, and do not have open communication with other people in their lives, are more likely to be sexually abused, what does that mean when a teen comes out and is not accepted by their family? Or when a blended family becomes dysfunctional, or a kid with disabilities is not taught boundaries but kept hidden away from others?

You have kids who are lonely, who don’t feel safe and loved, who don’t understand boundaries, etc.

If a kid who’s lonely and lacking in self esteem is at risk. And a kid who identifies as LGBTQ+ is at risk, can we stop for a minute and consider that it’s not being LGBTQ+ that is a risk factor, it’s how much more likely that kid is to be lonely and lacking in self-esteem?

And thus, the cycle continues. When it shouldn’t. We know what it is about disabled kids, kids from blended families, or LGBTQ+ kids that make them more prone to abuse, mental health issues, and suicide. It’s not their reality, it’s the responses to their reality that create the risk factors. The things that make them more likely to be loners, disconnected from family support, lacking safe adults to communicate with, etc.

So maybe we should focus on being more supportive of all kids?

And, since we’re on the topic and it is June. Happy Pride!