All posts by: Jennifer Salerno

What Is an ‘At-Risk’ Youth? Part 1

It’s 4:18pm and you’re driving home from work. When you notice the time on the dashboard, you feel overwhelmingly tired, and also thankful. As a school nurse, the end of your work day is hours before that of your colleagues who work in inpatient settings. So, you are thankful...

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The Holidays Are Here but Stress and Anxiety Don’t Have to Be

The holidays are here! For many of us, this is an opportunity to take a break from our usual rhythms of school and work to spend quality time with our loved ones and consider what matters most. Music and merriment, food and festivities – it’s lovely, but it’s also...

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Mitigating Risk in Youth Substance Use with the Harm Reduction Model

Professionally or personally, most of us know at least one person who has walked the haunted path of addiction.  Substance abuse and addiction is a painful, disorienting, and overwhelming problem for both the person who uses and their family and friends.  Misusing substances like alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and...

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School-Based Mental Health Services: More Important Than Ever

With homecoming parades and midterm exams in the rearview mirror, teachers and students alike are confident of one thing: the honeymoon period of the new school year is over.  For anyone struggling to recall just what it’s like at the start of a new year, kindly walk back to...

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3 Ways to Prevent Youth Suicide and Reduce Suicidal Ideation

I’ve been working with that young lady all year. And she answered positively for suicidal ideation, and she had a plan. And I just asked her. I said, “Why didn’t you ever say anything to me?” And the young girl said, “Because you never asked me.”  Can you imagine? … Can you...

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Prevention is Key in Post-Roe Sexual Health Care for Youth

What immediately comes to mind when you think about June 24, 2022? On this date, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and as a result, the landscape of pregnancy care and reproductive health in America changed in a really big and serious way. Healthcare professionals across settings...

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6 Resources to Help Your Team Support At-Risk Youth This School Year

Imagine –  It’s the second week of school and a 14-year-old walks into your office at her appointed time. She seems especially nervous today as she shuffles her feet and looks at the ground. You wonder if she’s about to cry, or maybe run back out and get back...

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School-wide screening – answers to the questions that matter most.

School-wide risk screening can present unique challenges. But it also offers a unique opportunity to get answers to the most important questions a school can ask. Some of the benefits of school-wide screening – such as the opportunity to identify and intervene with at-risk youth in need – are...

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Back to Basics: It’s all about the ask.

When it comes to identifying and preventing risk factors in youth – a few basic rules apply: You have to ASK HOW you ask matters. TECHnology makes it easier. (And more effective) The first might seem obvious – but it’s still often overlooked. In order to identify risk you’ve...

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Youth, sex, and tech. We need to talk.

Unprotected sex and sexual behaviors remain at the top of youth health risks. Yet connecting with youth in risk-reduction conversations is as challenging as ever. Technology can help to bridge this gap – engaging youth and opening the door to meaningful dialogue. It’s no surprise that youth are more...

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