March 2022

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Kids, teens and mental health: Parents report challenges in screening, getting care by Beata Mostafavi

More than 1 in 4 parents say their adolescent has seen a mental health specialist.

Amid growing concerns for children’s mental health during the pandemic era, more than a quarter of parents say their adolescent-aged child has seen a mental health specialist – with nearly 60% of those reporting a visit within the past year – a new national poll suggests.

But screening and navigating the mental health care system remains difficult for many parents. While almost all parents say they’re confident they would recognize a possible mental health issue in their child, much fewer say their child is regularly screened for mental health by their provider or that it’s easy to get the care they need once they recognize a problem.

The findings come from a nationally representative report conducted by the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health in collaboration with the Children's Hospital Association. The report, which comes less than six months after children’s mental health was declared a national emergency in the United States, is based on responses from 1,201 parents of children ages 11-18 surveyed in October 2021.

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Executive Director Position for Kevin's Song

Kevin’s Song, a rapidly growing Southeastern Michigan nonprofit devoted to empowering communities to prevent suicide and offering hope and healing to survivors, is seeking their first executive director. The Executive Director position is envisioned to be full time, although depending on the candidate, a part time role may be considered. We will be separately seeking an executive assistant to provide support to the Executive Director position.

Salary is negotiable. A range of benefits for this new position is currently being developed, with the final benefits package envisioned to be tailored to the successful candidate.

The Executive Director will be the key management leader of Kevin’s Song. The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include but are not limited to fundraising, marketing, community outreach, and financial management. The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Directors.

Please send a cover letter, resumé and three references to

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