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Mental Health Teams Serve As Gap To Stabilize At-Risk Youth

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The growing number of children and teens exposed to traumatic events in everyday life has forced the state’s crisis intervention teams to respond to a broader range of behavioral and mental health issues, and those teams often serve as a bridge until at-risk youth find appropriate outpatient or inpatient services.

Sixty-four percent of Connecticut’s youth who use Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS), the state’s mobile crisis intervention team, have experienced one or more traumatic incidents, such as domestic violence, cyber-bullying, physical assaults, or gang warfare, experts report.

Research shows childhood exposure to violence, physical or sexual abuse, and other traumatic events can cause chronic health and behavioral health problems, and such exposure is associated with increased involvement with the child welfare and criminal justice systems.

“The number of children who have been exposed to trauma is a significant concern. It’s a common occurrence among young people,” said Jeffrey Vanderploeg,

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TAKE THE TIME…DIGITAL MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY

“Take the Time,” Hartford Hospital’s Mobile Mammography Program, has been a vital community resource for over nine years.

More than 11,000 women have benefited from this life-saving screening in the comfort of their local community center, faith organization, or place of employment.  These women were encouraged to take the time to be screened, and many have been referred on for more health services as a result.

Based on our success, Hartford Hospital has now upgraded its mobile mammography program to provide digital screening mammograms.  Digital mammography is state-of-the-art for screening mammography, more sensitive than film mammography and better able to detect abnormalities.

Our digital unit is housed in a coach that patients can board for the service. 

In addition, the coach contains a registration area, a patient waiting area and two changing rooms.  Patient privacy is maintained at all times.  The new digital mammography coach …

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Latino Teens Have Higher Tendency to Suffer From Depression

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Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com
 

Depression among teenagers is a problem  that impacts all segments of the population, but especially is a concern among Connecticut’s Latino community, whose young people manifest a greater tendency to consider and attempt suicide than the non-Hispanic members of their generation, according to state studies.

The findings, which emerged from the biennial youth risk behavior study that the state Department of Public Health (DPH) last conducted in 2013, not only validate the need to address issues such as a disproportionate rate of suicide attempts by Hispanic females, but also underscore the need for all parents, teachers and clinicians to be able to identify and treat teen depression.

On May 7, the public will have an opportunity to learn more about concerns such as teen suicide prevention, as well as to engage in a dialogue a panel of experts in adolescent behavioral health.

This forum, entitled “Uncovering Our …

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