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Children and youth in care often have complex health and social issues, but they often struggle to access comprehensive health care. (Shutterstock)

We know better, so why aren’t we doing better in supporting the health of children and youth in care?

Children and youth in care are more likely to have experienced trauma that can affect future health. A comprehensive, trauma-informed health strategy for these children and youth is long overdue.
Desire’s story of loss and longing is threaded with moments of hope, like a ‘dangerous but invigorating’ ocean swim. Mickael Gresset/Unsplash

Sex, ‘skin hunger’ and problematic men: Jessie Cole’s memoir investigates desire after trauma

Jessie Cole’s memoir traces a love affair: a long-distance relationship with an unnamed, older lover. It’s set against layers of thinking about love, desire, bodies and ecological disaster.
People with FASD experience a range of vulnerabilities both from the impacts of prenatal alcohol exposure on the brain and body, and from the adverse life experiences commonly associated with this disability. (Shutterstock)

Why suicide prevention support is crucial for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a multifaceted disorder. There are complex reasons why this population may be at higher risk for suicide, suicide attempts and suicidal ideation.
Ongoing conflicts in many countries mean that women will continue to seek protection in South Africa. Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Women refugees fleeing violence seek safety in South Africa: but they don’t find it

The continuing precarity and vulnerability to violence has long term consequences for these women’s health and well-being.
Recent advances in research on human development, and brain science in particular, have revealed that traumatic childhood literally changes the human body, affecting brain development. (Shutterstock)

There is an urgent need to prevent the lifelong damage caused by adverse childhood experiences

The impact of early childhood trauma on lifelong physical and mental health makes it urgent to invest in programs to support healthy pregnancies and stable, caring very early childhoods.
Muslim refugees sit on the roof of an overcrowded coach railway train near New Delhi, trying to leave India after the 1947 Partition. AP Photo

5 books and films that tell the story of the trauma of the Partition of India and its aftermath

On the 75th anniversary of India’s partition, scholars from the US, Canada, France, UK and Australia write about their favorite book or film that best explains the trauma of a violent division.

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