THE CONTINUAL EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT EASY FOR TEENAGERS to access new information and communicate with friends and family. Even though having the world at their fingertips offers knowledge and connects teens to people with similar interests, teenagers who spend an excessive amount of time surfing the web and perusing social media sites put themselves at risk for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and privacy invasions. Sensitive information meant for a select audience can rapidly spread to the masses, and it’s nearly impossible to remove it from cyberspace.Unfortunately, there is only so much even the most proactive parent can do. Private accounts prevent parents from knowing with whom their kids are hanging around and what they’re discussing. The popularity of one social network quickly shifts to another, leaving not-so-tech-savvy parents stumped. Another problem is that teens don’t have to abide by house rules if they’re using social … [Read more...] about How technology use affects teens’ mental health — and how schools are trying to help
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Tai Jordan and his service dog, Beau, on campus at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Rare surgery that led to removal of his ovaries left Jordan facing difficult questions, when he was still a child, about who he wanted to be. Matt Lutton/Boreal Collective for Newsweek Tech & Science Transgender LGBT Updated | When Tai Jordan was a child, he would visit the local swimming pool and puzzle over why there were boys who splashed about without their shirts on, while he wore a bathing suit that covered most of his body. And when he thought about conventional weddings, he didn’t understand what it meant to be a conventional bride or groom.“I’ve never really identified with the body I was born in,” says Jordan, an 18-year-old student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. “The way I decided to carry myself, the way I acted, was always more masculine.”Jordan initially identified as a gay young woman in 2013, but even … [Read more...] about How Doctors are Working to Make Puberty Less Distressing for Trans Kids
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame? Ruf's son left his phone unlocked so she could find his note: “Everything has a time. I decided not to wait for mine." Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 69 Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jayne O'Donnell and Anne Saker, USA TODAY Network Published 11:47 a.m. ET March 19, 2018 | Updated 10:30 p.m. ET March 19, 2018 CLOSE Crestview Hills mother Karen Ruf speaks about the loss of her son J.C. Ruf to teen suicide in October 2016. Sam Greene/The Enquirer CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 69 COMMENT EMAIL MORE J.C. Ruf, 16, was a … [Read more...] about Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?
Concern about farmer suicide is growing, and agriculturalists and people living in rural communities have a vital role in addressing the problem, a farm stress expert says.“Be a good neighbor. Be aware of how your neighbors are doing — physically, mentally and socially. And if they show any warning signs, help connect them with the resources that can help,” said Sean Brotherson, North Dakota State University Extension Service family science specialist. His areas of interest include family stress and rural life.Farming overall is notoriously stressful, and farmers traditionally have higher suicide rates than most other occupations. People working in farming, fishing and forestry were 3.4 times more likely than other American workers to die by suicide on the job, according to a 2016 study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Some ag officials think the true number of farm suicides could be even higher than reported, because some farmers may disguise … [Read more...] about Be a good neighbor: Tackling farmer suicide