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Youth Mental Health

  • – Stanford News

    Emerging issues that could trouble teens

    Stanford Medicine’s Vicki Harrison explains the forces impacting youth mental health, and why it’s important to involve teens. Harrison believes solutions must acknowledge the critical importance of inclusion, dignity, and respect of young people and engage them with policy and industry to elevate their ideas into the process.

  • – Stanford Medicine Magazine

    Teens should have a say in setting social media guardrails

    A recent U.S. surgeon general’s advisory says social media platforms should embed safeguards for young people. Mental health expert, Vicki Harrison of the Center for Youth. Mental Health and Wellbeing spoke with the Stanford Medicine Magazine to encourage parents to involve teens in setting guardrails for safe and healthy social media use.

  • – HHS.gov

    US Surgeon General issues advisory on protecting youth mental health

    The U.S. Surgeon General has issued revised guidelines for protecting youth mental health. The Stanford Psychiatry Media and Mental Health Initiative provided advisory on the development of best practices on what media organizations can do to frame stories that protect the mental health of their readers and viewers.

  • – Stanford Medicine Children’s Health: Healthier, Happy Lives Blog

    How to Safeguard Teens’ Well-Being on Social Media -

    Young people may benefit from friendships formed online, but research also documents a variety of mental health risks for young social media users. Vicki Harrison, Program Director at the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, spoke about how parents can guide their teens toward healthier social media use.

  • – Psychiatric News

    A Psychiatrist’s Journey Through Community Suicide Contagion: How Media Can Make A Difference

    Dr. Steven Adelsheim writes, “For psychiatrists, it is a critical professional responsibility to educate our media partners about the risk of suicide contagion and encourage journalists to follow the reporting recommendations to help save lives.”

  • – Washington Post

    Words describing mental health can stigmatize. That’s painful and dehumanizing.

    Victor Schwartz, a psychiatrist at New York University School of Medicine who helped organize the Media and Mental Health Initiative at Stanford University, talks about how disparaging “language can feel shame-inducing. It makes it harder for people to reach out for help or admit they are having mental health problems.”

Social Media


  • – Mass General Research Institute

    How A New Tool Can Help the Media Responsibly Report on Suicide

    Chloe Chang Sorensen, lead developer of TEMPOS, discusses ways we can put TEMPOS in action and how public health and suicide prevention professionals can use TEMPOS to develop more targeted interventions when working with media partners on their reporting on suicide.

  • – Nieman Lab

    Stories of resilience may be linked to lower suicide rates. Will media organizations listen?

    For media producers who are covering stories about suicide or suicidal ideation, a wealth of scientific literature shows that language and framing of these narratives have serious impacts. Vicki Harrison and Song Kim, leaders of the Media and Mental Health Initiative, are quoted in this article on the subject.