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Guidelines and Recommendations

Increase Bullying Prevention Awareness – State and local lawmakers have taken action to prevent bullying and protect children. Bullying can negatively impact mental health and well-being. Bullying can lead to physical injury, social problems, emotional problems, and even death. Children and adolescents who are bullied are at increased risk for mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, headaches, and problems adjusting to school. The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) have released a variety of resources to inform youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools on the topic of bullying.

Find out how your state refers to bullying in its laws. Resources may be found at Stopbullying.gov.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention – In 2009, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. For every one person who dies by suicide, more than 30 people attempt suicide. Suicide causes immense pain and anguish to families, communities, and results in emotional and economic suffering due to lost productivity and medical costs.  Based on the devastating statistics, the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) have created the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. For further information about the initiative, please click here.

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations –  As of 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated their 2002 recommendations to evaluate U.S. breast cancer screening strategies. The results are intended to contribute to practice and guideline policy debates. The studies reveal that a screening every two years “achieves most of the benefit of annual screening with less harm”. Decisions on frequency of breast cancer screenings are individually unique and may be based on differences in consideration of benefits, harms, and resources. For the full report, please click here.

Federal Poverty Guidelines Updated –  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines have been updated effective January 24, 2013.  The poverty guidelines are updated at least annually and may be used to determine eligibility for a number of Federal, state or other programs. Please refer to the Federal Register for more specific guideline information.