What You Need to Know - Week of February 6th

Feb. 7, 2023

1. Children's Mental Health

2. Happy Black History Month!


1. Children's Mental Health

Mental health is an extremely important aspect of the developing brain that can alter a child’s potential for growth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes mental health disorders amongst children as “serious change in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions.” These changes can cause children to feel distressed and potentially increase problems throughout their day, interfering with school, home, or other activities. The social isolation accompanied by the COVID-19 pandemic has also impacted children's mental health and has led to an increase in acute stress diagnoses and adjustment disorders.

 Childhood mental disorders can be treated and managed. If you have concerns about a child, use these resources to help you find a healthcare provider familiar with treatment options:

For more information about communicating with children and young adults about mental health, check out our article about Youth Mental Health


2. Happy Black History Month!

Happy National Black History Month! This cultural heritage month started in February 1986 by Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University. February was chosen to celebrate Black history and heritage as it is the birth month of two important figures in the history of Black Americans: Abraham Lincoln, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and African American abolitionist, author, and orator Frederic Douglass. An important theme in Black history, and the theme of Black History Month in 2023, is Black Resistance. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History states that “ Black people have sought ways to nurture and protect Black lives, and for the autonomy of their physical and intellectual bodies through …  voluntary emigration, nonviolence, education, literature, sports, media, and legislation/politics. Black-led institutions and affiliations have lobbied, litigated, legislated, protested, and achieved success.”

We’ve listed some ways to celebrate and remember Black History this month:

  • Supporting Black-owned businesses

  • Learn about historically important Black figures
  • Online panels and discussions