April 2021 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven
Everything You Need to Know Before Considering an Electric Scooter for Kids
Dr. Kirsten Bechtel from the Injury Free Coalition for Kids-New Haven discusses the considerations for parents as to the purchase of an electric scooter for their children in the article on Fatherly.com [more]

April 2021 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven
The 4 Best Bike Trailers and How to Safely Use them
In this article on Fatherly.com, Drs. Maneesha Agarwal from IFCK-Atlanta and Kirsten Bechtel from IFCK-New Haven discuss how parents can safely ride a bike with their children in tow. [more]

January 2021 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven
We All Play a Role in Preventing Suicide
In October of 2020, a stark public health warning was released by a Connecticut public health clearinghouse: youth suicides were on the rise in Connecticut and we had to act fast. Even before this recent surge, suicide was the second leading cause of death in adolescents in the United States. Compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, remote learning, social isolation, civil unrest and the economic impacts of the pandemic, our kids’ lives had been totally uprooted and many of them are struggling. In October alone, four young teens in our state died by suicide – an extraordinary rise that required immediate action. All these issues will persist into the new year and children locally and nationally need our continued support more than ever as their lives continue to change in new and unexpected ways. Here are some ways we can help and support our kids as we continue to work through the pandemic and other challenges. In this article, site PI Dr. Kirsten Bechtel, along with her colleague Dr. Michael Bloch, a child psychiatrist, speak to the role of family and community members in looking out for children who may be suicidal due to the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. [more]

September 2019 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven
Suicide is Preventable: So, How Can We Help Our Teens?
Every October, after school starts—and each May, as it ends—there is a spike in the number of teenagers who go to the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) emergency department because they are thinking about attempting suicide. They may or may not have struggled with a mental health issue before. But they often have a story: Bullies are harassing them, their parents are divorcing, the academic pressure is crushing them. For some, it’s gender concerns—they have come out as trans or non-binary, and their peers are shutting them out. In this article, site PI Dr. Kirsten Bechtel, along with colleagues from Yale, talk about how to help our adolescents who may be suicidal. [more]