Friday Update 1-15-16
Friday Update 1-15-16
Greetings faithful readers. David Bowie passed on last week. A quote by a fan on a music site summed it up best - "The world is 4.543 billion years old and we have somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie." Let's start off this edition of Friday Update celebrating the brilliance of David Bowie, as he inspires fans attending a Live Aid concert in 1985. Enjoy "We can be Heroes" and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!
Most important reads for this week
The President announces commonsense steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands
"We know that we can't stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one?"
Have you seen the agenda for the Tampa Research & Policy Conference?
Oh my, you have just got to take a look. A most impressive collection of passionate and dedicated researchers, policy makers, and advocates will be gathering in Tampa, Florida March 13 - 16, 2016, to advance the knowledge around sound research and policy related to children's mental health. The agenda for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health is now available online. Give the agenda a read, get excited, and get registered. The conference hotel is filling up quickly, so book your room soon!
Advocates needed to participate in dissertation research study
Hey Network faithful, if you are a family advocate, wadda ya say you take a few minutes to help a fellow advocate with her dissertation? Liza Long, aka, the Anarchist Soccer Mom, needs 250 family advocates to take a brief survey. She is studying the characteristics of mental health advocates, their personality styles, and their leadership strengths. Collective voice, Network faithful. Let's help out one of our own.
Jed Foundation & Steve Fund forge partnership to support mental health of college students of color
Jed Foundation (JED) and the Steve Fund, two leading mental health organizations, announced a joint plan to provide colleges and universities with recommended practices for improving support for the mental health and emotional well-being of America's college students of color. The announcement is accompanied by the release of new data showing the urgency of improving mental health support for this population.
Family Executive Director organization offering learning community for family leaders
The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) is launching a new Learning Community for Family Leaders. You are invited to join them on January 28, 2016, at 3:00 pm ET for the initial call. Check it out!
Webinar showcases online tool for school-based child development
On January 26, 2016, the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) will host a webinar that features a recently launched online tool called Partner Build Grow. The tool uses a four-pronged approach based on promising practices to assist community coalitions in advancing and sustaining school-based child development and behavioral health objectives. The Center does amazing work. Put this webinar on your calendar!
How heroin and opioids hijack the brain
"When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines. 'This will fix me,' O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. 'It better fix me or I'm screwed.' After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, O'Connor completed basic training, but he started using again immediately... O'Connor is one of an estimated 2.5 million Americans addicted to opioids and heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Over three years, he detoxed from prescription painkillers — and heroin — more than 20 times. Each time, he started using again. So why is it so hard for opioid addicts to quit? You can boil it down to two crucial bits of science: the powerful nature of opioids and the neuroscience behind how addiction hijacks the brain.
World of Children accepting nominations for 2016 Awards Program
The World of Children awards recognize real-life heroes working to improve dramatically improve the lives of children. Honorees also receive grant funds and media attention, both of which help their gold standard programs grow so that they will ultimately impact the lives of even more children. Get your nominations in!
- NIDA Science Update: Teen Opioid Prescriptions Raise Risk of Later Opioid Misuse
Recent research has highlighted concerns that legitimate medicinal use of prescribed opioid pain medications may be a pathway to opioid misuse and opioid use disorders among adults, raising new questions about the risks versus benefits of these drugs in treating some forms of chronic pain. A new study using data from the NIDA-funded Monitoring the Future survey of adolescent drug use and attitudes conducted annually by the University of Michigan shows that teens who received a prescription for opioid pain medication by Grade 12 were at 33 percent increased risk of misusing an opioid between ages 19 and 25. Strikingly, the risk was found to be most concentrated among teens who would be expected to be at low risk of drug misuse: those with no illicit drug experience and those who reported that they disapproved of regular marijuana use. Among those with low predicted risk of future opioid use in 12th grade, having an opioid prescription increased their risk of post-high-school opioid misuse three-fold.
- Podcast: Differential Diagnosis: Trauma and ADHD
Many children who exhibit clinical symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and have been diagnosed, often exhibit symptoms that may resemble symptoms of children who have experienced or been exposed to trauma. As a consequence of the overlapping symptoms and lack of trauma-informed training, medical and educational professionals are sometimes unable to distinguish the cause of problematic behaviors, resulting in an unfitting diagnosis. This National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) podcast describes how to differentiate between the behavioral commonalities of ADHD and trauma.
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