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Friday Update 10-2-15

Greetings faithful readers. Let's start off this issue of Friday Update with some sage advice from wise souls across the age spectrum who remind us how to age old gracefully. Absorb the advice that works best for you and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Georgetown Training Institutes are no more
It is with a fair amount of sadness and more than a bit of nostalgia that I bring you the news that Georgetown University will no longer be hosting the Training Institutes. For many involved in the children's mental health field, the Georgetown Training Institutes has always been an important conference to attend. The conference provided a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn about the latest practice modalities, and get energized about important and innovative work being done in children's mental health.

I had the pleasure of attending all but one of the Training Institutes, beginning with the first, held in Breckenridge, Colorado in 1986. At that time, I was working for Dr. Lenore Behar, who headed up children's mental health services for the state of North Carolina. She sent me to the Institutes, and for that, I will always be grateful to her. As a young aspiring system of care evangelist, that first meeting in Breckenridge opened my eyes to a national network of extremely dedicated and committed children's mental health professionals, that until then, I didn't even know existed. If you want to read one of my favorite memories of the Training Institutes and share some of your own, click here.

Hey Congress, get your head out of the sand - approve CDC research on gun violence
In light of the terrible shooting at Umpqua College in Roseburg, Oregon last Thursday, I am reposting my June Morning Zen article about Representative Nina Lowey's (D-N.Y.) failed attempt to include an amendment that would have reversed a nearly 20-year-old ban on funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research on gun violence. Specifically, the amendment would have struck Section 216 from the bill (Section 216 prohibits funds from being used to advocate or promote gun control).

Hold your representatives feet to the fire on this issue, Network faithful. Over the past two years, we have seen a dramatic uptick in the political debate about mental health reform. The debate has at times blatantly, and other times, more subtly, made the connection between mental illness and violence. This connection continues to be made, in spite of the research showing that people with mental illness are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crime. Using the fear tactics inherent in connecting mental illness and violence while simultaneously blocking funding for research to understand better gun violence is not only disingenuous, it is unforgivable. Continue reading.

An Australian's View On America's Obsession With Guns
Australian stand up comedian Jim Jefferies did a stand up special on Netflix where he touched on Americans love for guns, and how it doesn't make since to him and probably most of the world.
This special took place about a year ago but obviously it is relevant today especially with what has happened over the last couple of days. Warning - Jim swears a bit in his monologue. View at your own discretion.

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference – Less than 30 days to get your proposals in!
Since 1988, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. In the context of a rapidly diversifying population, this conference continues to expand to include topics related to substance abuse service systems and research, as well as pressing behavioral health topics associated with mental health reform legislation being discussed in Congress. The call for proposals closes October 30th, so get those pencils sharpened and get to writin'!

Is it Stage 1? Stage 4? Talking about acuity and mental health
Frequent Morning Zen contributor Lisa Lambert weighs in on the Mental Health America campaign called B4Stage4. "When my son was nine and ten, I knew he had a serious mental health issue, even though his diagnosis hadn't landed in one place yet. But when his acuity zoomed up, sometimes overnight, and stayed at Stage 3 and 4 for days and weeks at a time, I needed a way to talk about that too. Could this be a way to do that?" Continue reading here.

Australian stand up comedian Jim Jefferies did a stand up special on Netflix where he touched on Americans love for guns, and how it doesn't make since to him and probably most of the world.

This special took place about a year ago but obviously it is relevant today especially with what has happened over the last couple of days.



Read More: Jim Jeffries An Australian's View On America's Obsession With Guns [Video] | http://club937.com/jim-jeffries-an-australians-view-on-americas-obsession-with-guns-video/?trackback=tsmclip

Australian stand up comedian Jim Jefferies did a stand up special on Netflix where he touched on Americans love for guns, and how it doesn't make since to him and probably most of the world.

This special took place about a year ago but obviously it is relevant today especially with what has happened over the last couple of days.



Read More: Jim Jeffries An Australian's View On America's Obsession With Guns [Video] | http://club937.com/jim-jeffries-an-australians-view-on-americas-obsession-with-guns-video/?trackback=tsmcl
Is it Stage 1? Stage 4? Talking about acuity and mental health Frequent Morning Zen contributor Lisa Lambert weighs in on the Mental Health America campaign called B4Stage4. "When my son was nine and ten, I knew he had a serious mental health issue, even though his diagnosis hadn't landed in one place yet. But when his acuity zoomed up, sometimes overnight, and stayed at Stage 3 and 4 for days and weeks at a time, I needed a way to talk about that too. Could this be a way to do that?" Continue reading here.

Text, Talk, Act! Because mental health matters
Please join our colleagues at Community Solutions as they once again ramp up the highly successful Text, Talk, Act campaign. Across the country, young people are having a nationwide conversation about mental health and how to help a friend in need. Through text messaging, small groups receive discussion questions to lead them through a conversation about mental health. Learn more and get involved!

Toddlers know what they want – Get your hashtag out - #RelationshipsMatter!
Project ABC's #RelationshipsMatter Movement is an ongoing series of Public Service Announcements, resources and partnerships to support community engagement and conversations about Early Childhood Mental Health. The good folks at Project ABC have assembled all the tools you need to get involved in this exciting early childhood campaign. Details here.

Tom Coderre from SAMHSA - Addiction & recovery is the civil rights issue of our time
Tom Coderre speaking about recovery as a civil rights issue at the 4th Annual Capital Area Rally for Recovery sponsored by Recovery Communities of North Carolina in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Watch the video here.

The Family Cafe accepting proposals
The Family Cafe is now accepting presenter proposals for The 18th Annual Family Cafe, which will be held June 10-12, 2016 in Orlando. The Annual Family Cafe typically includes 160+ individual breakout sessions, addressing a wide range of disability-related topics, from information on specific disabilities to financial management, youth issues, special education and assistive technology. Get involved!

Place Matters!
PLACE MATTERS is a national initiative designed to build the capacity of leaders and communities to identify and address social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and life opportunities. Begun in 2006, 19 PLACE MATTERS teams now work in 27 jurisdictions around the country to raise awareness of the fact that the spaces and places where people live, work, study, and play directly and indirectly affect health, and to improve these conditions through policy and systems change. In particular, because of persistent segregation in schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces, the spaces occupied by people of color tend to host a higher concentration of health risks relative to wealthier and whiter communities, while lacking geographic and financial access to health-enhancing resources. Details here.

Resources

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was the most common among youth ages 1-18, while depression was the most common diagnosis among young adults ages 19-24 receiving antipsychotics. - See more at: http://www.cmhnetwork.org/resources/show?id=909#sthash.DQfNZxVs.dpuf

 

 

 

 

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