2019 Child Health Report

2019 Child Health Report Card Highlights Increase in Youth Suicides North Carolina's 2019 Child Health Report Card gives the state high marks for children's health coverage but also points out some troubling trends. The rate of youth suicide in the state has nearly doubled over the previous decade. Suicide is now the second leading cause...

Self- Injury Awareness Day

Blog originally by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler, MA, MEd – Health Educator at the Poe Center for Health Education Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) was classified as a psychiatric disorder for the first time in the most recent 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Hopefully this new classification will increase research and recognition...

Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Youth on the Rise Article by: Edie Alfano-Sobsey, PhD, MSPH, MT (ASCP), Human Services Program Manager/Epidemiologist, Wake County Government Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), most notably chlamydia and gonorrhea, have risen dramatically in Wake County, especially among our youth. In the past 5 years, overall rates have increased 30% for chlamydia and 56%...

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