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NEW YORK -- On Saturday, April 6th, WABC-TV aired a special entitled, "Protect Our Children: Anxious & Stressed" at 7 PM, EDT. (Also to be re-run Sun. 4/7 at 5:30am).
The program is hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor, Diana Williams, and reports on the mental health of our children, an issue that has come into greater focus since the tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut. Our children are exposed to more information than ever before and as a result many are more stressed out and more anxious than ever. When families are stretched thin with parents coping on many fronts, what is the impact? How important is it for parents to just listen? - Just some of the questions the program tries to answer.
The program features the difficult subject of teen suicide. Every year about 1800 American kids between the ages of 10 and 19 kill themselves. In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. What can parents do and where can they get help? What are the signs that indicate a child might be planning to take this step? The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has suggestions that are echoed by parent, Judy Pazienza, a school teacher who lost her 19 year old son to suicide this December.
A new government health survey of parents indicates that 1 in 50 school-age children are affected by Autism with some calling it an epidemic. The program addresses a growing concern for the parents. Dr. Paul Law, co-author of a recent study by the Kennedy Krieger Institute, speaks to a phenomenon known as wandering. Alison Singer, Co-Founder & President of the Autism Science Foundation describes her own experiences with her 15 year old daughter and how more than 49% of autistic children have been put at risk by this behavior. Most parents seem to be unaware of this tendency until too late and they are not being informed adequately on this issue by their medical providers.
When crises like Super storm Sandy hit our communities, the effects proved to be long term. NYC Outward Bound Schools runs a network of eleven public schools in underserved parts of the city, nearly a third of their students were impacted by Super storm Sandy. The program visits the schools in Coney Island and Far Rockaway which were most dramatically affected. The loss and the effects on the students and teachers were mitigated by certain structures within these unique public schools, structures they refer to as "Crew". The program details how these work and suggests they may also be useful to other schools, in dealing with the stress and anxiety that often plagues our children.
This Special is the sixteenth in a series from WABC-TV's "Protect Our Children" campaign that originated in 1998 and has been developed with the collaboration of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (NCMEC). The campaign includes informational safety messages, a web site and campaign that continues to broadcast the pictures of missing children in every Eyewitness News Program. The previous Specials have received four Emmy Awards, six "Gracie" Awards from the American Women in Radio-TV-Film (AWRT) and Awards from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (NCMEC). All of the segments along with additional material, web-chats and links to resources and agencies that can be of help will be posted here on 7online after the airing of the program.
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