More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda, published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life—problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. To complicate matters, there was also a troubling correlation between adverse childhood experiences and prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, unprotected sex, and poor diet. Combined, the results of the study painted a staggering portrait of the price our children are paying for growing up in unsafe environments, all the while adding fuel to the fire of some of society’s greatest challenges. However, this very same study contains the seed of hope: all of the above-mentioned risk factors—behavioral as well as physiological—can be offset by the presence of one dependable and caring adult. It doesn’t need to be the mother or the father. It doesn’t even need to be a close or distant relative. More often than not, that stable, caring adult is a teacher. It is here, at the crossroads of at-risk teens and trauma-informed care, that Paper Tigers takes root. Set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, Paper Tigers asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?
The podcast where teens talk about teen issues. Hang out with us every month as we share personal experiences, interview professionals, and talk about tangible resources to go on your own mental health and wellness journey.
Through the It’s Okay to Feel podcast, NAMI Orange County hopes to share inspiring stories from influential people and give our listeners a guide to embrace their feelings and focus on their mental wellness. Teen and young adult listeners will hear episodes from our expert hosts, Nōn Wels and Jenipher Lyn, as well as unique takeover episodes from graduates of the NAMI-OC Media Masterclass.
Gain a foundational understanding of inclusive social-emotional instruction and practices.
Webinar for best practices. 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. 37% of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older drop out of school.