Adolescent gang members and mental health (2)


The prevalence of psychiatric disorders in detained youth is greater in comparison to the counterparts in the community (60–70% versus 20–25%). Youth who are detained have increased rates of psychiatric co-morbidity; ethnic and gender differences have been identified There are higher rates of psychosis, anxiety, antisocial personality disorder, suicide attempts, alcohol dependence, and drug dependence in young adult gang members in comparison to violent and non-violent men; however, both gang members and violent men had a lower prevalence of depression.


Adolescent gang members and mental health


Youth gang members as a whole display a greater level of anti-authority than either peripheral youth or non-gang members. Gang-affiliated youth are often outside the bounds of the traditional mental health services and have particular needs. Because of the increased risk to exposure to violence, these youth have increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

There are high levels of mental health disorders within the juvenile detention population as a whole, estimated to affect between 40–70%, including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders.


The El Cajon Shooting May Be Yet Another Sign Police Need Better Mental Health Training | Huffington Post


Making situations even dicier, standard policing techniques can backfire when used in interactions with people with mental illness. Pointing a gun at a suspect or yelling can be “like pouring gasoline on a fire when you do that with the mentally ill,” Ron Honberg, policy director with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, told The Washington Post.

READ FULL ARTICLE: The El Cajon Shooting May Be Yet Another Sign Police Need Better Mental Health Training | SOURCE: Huffington Post

Shoot to Kill: Why Baltimore is one of the most lethal cities in the U.S.


Quinzell Covington went on a shooting “caper” for the first time in the late 1990s with his cousins and friends. The tough guys who raised him in ways of the streets pulled the trigger that day. Afterward, over Chinese takeout, Covington tried to ingratiate himself with the crew by declaring that their victim got what he deserved.

He was about 13 years old. Growing up, he knew it was wrong to shoot a man. Still, Covington said, he didn’t feel remorse. What he did feel was that his crew had newfound respect for him.

By 15, he was the one doing the shooting. Over the next dozen years, Covington learned to do it well. He used 9 mm guns that held 16 bullets and Mac-10 submachine guns. He lured victims to his turf, where he could scout for witnesses and surveillance cameras, in what he called his “Miranda check” — a macabre reference to the right to remain silent.

He also knew where to aim.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:  Shoot to Kill: Why Baltimore is one of the most lethal cities in the U.S. Source: Baltimore Sun

Know Yourself, Know Your Self – Part V


I’m the kind of human being you can contact, whenever you need to talk, whenever you feel like you have no one else to talk to or when you have things to talk about, you just can’t share with friends or family. That is one of the reasons why I started that nonprofit. Not just to collect mnoey, but to provide a place people can turn to when they feel alone. All it takes sometimes is a little trust from your side and an ear, time and heart from someone like me.

I know what it means to have someone because a long time ago, when I needed an ear desperately, there was one person that took the time to listen to me. And that is why I feel like I want to give back to people what I have received. I know it is going to help a lot.

I haven’t made the world and not everything that goes wrong in it is always my fault. I just live in this world and part of the journey of live is to find your place in it. There are things I can’t change and I have accepted that fact.

But there are things that can be changed and I am here to help making this change.

Know Yourself, Know Your Self – Part IV


I have respect for everybody. No one has to earn my respect because I believe being respected by other human beings is a birthright.

The only thing a person can earn is another persons’ disrespect. I’m like the teacher who gives you an A+ at the beginning of every school year and you are the only one who can mess it up by purposely not attending classes, by forgetting homework repeatedly and by getting bad grades because you are unwilling to learn. I’m that kind of person that collects money for the poor, the ones in need, even though I could use some help myself.

Simply put, I know there are many who have it way worse than me.

Know Yourself, Know Your Self- Part II


I am not an object.
I am not an item you use when you feel like it.
You can’t put me back in the box when you’re done and expect me to wait in there until you feel like wanting to play with me again. You can’t shut me up either, cause I have the right to speak my heart when I need to. If you don’t want to hear it, ok, that is your choice!

I am human.
I am a being.
I have emotions – feelings.
I am sweet, smart and lovable.
I am a loving and caring human being.
I care about others.
I care about strangers.
I am empathic – means I am able to feel your happiness as well as your pain the same way you feel it. I cry with you, I laugh with you.
I am fair and respectful.
I have dreams, plans and goals and I like to communicate these to other people in order to find the ones with similar ambitions.

We human beings are always stronger if we come together, think together and act together. Achieving goals is always easier if you have a little help from someone who can see your dreams too, who has similar ideas and the more people come together, the more strategies can be worked out to achieve these goals.