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As climate change conference opens, one CA city takes action; Israel and Hamas extend Gaza truce by one day in a last-minute deal; WV could lose hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

NM Parents Encouraged to Know When Kids Need Mental Health Intervention

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Friday, May 5, 2023   

More behavioral-health providers may be enticed to move to New Mexico after a bill passed by the Legislature this year made treatment for behavioral health and substance abuse easier to access.

Starting next year, insurance companies won't be allowed to apply limitations on these services. It comes at a time when new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the percentage of high school students who said they feel persistently "sad" or "hopeless" increased between 2011 and 2021.

Psychologist Coralanne Griffith-Hunte, a professor at Mercy College, said there are typically clear signs young people are suffering.

"Are they experiencing memory problems?" she said. "Inability to concentrate - seeing only the negative in situations? And are they saying they're having intrusive thoughts? Emotionally, are they experiencing an inability to just relax, just to be OK in situations?"

In addition to the CDC report, a New Mexico Department of Health survey showed two in five high school students, or 40%, reported feeling sad or hopeless in 2019 and one in six ages 12 to 17 experienced a major depressive episode.

Many parents blame social media for increased mental-health challenges reported by their kids, but Griffith-Hunte said it's also important that parents take an active role in listening - to help kids identify what they're feeling and build emotional resiliency.

"I say to my clients all the time, 'There's a difference between hearing - hearing means you know the song is playing - listening means you know the words of the song,'" she said.

The CDC's survey showed Hispanic and multiracial students were more likely than others to have persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Griffith-Hunte encouraged parents to learn more about the national "Sound It Out Together" campaign that offers free tools and resources to help parents and caregivers have more meaningful conversations with their kids.


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