Mental Health

The Cost of Youth Incarceration versus the Riding Academy

More than $100,000—that’s the annual cost of incarceration per youth in North Carolina. In 2020, that number jumped to around $156,000 per youth per year due to the added expense of pandemic safety measures. The average stay per commitment is more...
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Plate to the Classroom: Giving A Teenager’s Brain What It Needs

Fun fact – before I became a Registered Dietitian, I was a high school science teacher. I absolutely loved teaching high school. I was, and still am, convinced that investing in education is the best chance for our society to move forward. So why...
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Recognizing and Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder in which an individual faces trouble recovering from a stressful or traumatic event. The event could be either experienced or witnessed. PTSD is a historically misunderstood disorder,...
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Interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline

We often think of education as protective. In reality, however, some schools are delivering the opposite of protection for their most vulnerable students: a path toward incarceration. This phenomenon, known as the school-to-prison pipeline, drives students...
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