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Friday Update 11-27-15

Greetings faithful readers. Something about spending the week with family gets me oozin' love and good will. Give thanks for the blessings that come your way, groove to the sound of Bob Marley's classic song, One Love, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Replace labels with love
Every once in awhile I meet someone who reminds me that the advocacy movement for children's mental health is in good hands with the up and coming generation. This past week, while walking through the lobby of the hotel where the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health conference was being held, a young man named Wilton Johnson approached me and asked if I would pose for a picture holding a sign that said "Replace labels with love." He clearly knew the quickest way to my heart. The unfortunate stigmatizing labeling of the past has roared back with a vengeance on the coattails of the buzz around mental health reform in the halls of Congress. I am all for anything that helps stem the cancerous tide of stigmatizing language! We are fortunate to have a host of young adults like Wilton Johnson doing strong advocacy work across America. Take a moment to celebrate the Wilton Johnson in your life and let them know that you appreciate what they do. Continue reading here.

Hey Network faithful, today is the day to give 5 for Friday Update!
During this week of giving thanks, take one minute to make a $5 donation to the Children's Mental Health Network and help keep Friday Update coming to you each and every week - 180 consecutive weeks and counting! That is over three and one-half years of content-rich information and commentary on the most important policy, research and practice issues in children's mental health, delivered to your in-box every week. Oh man, I get goose bumps just thinking about the philanthropy of it all! ! Say no to the venti vanilla latte, and make your $5 donation now!

Theresa Barila, Children's Resiliency Initiative, announced as a plenary speaker for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13 - 16, 2016!
Theresa Barila, co-founder of the Children's Resilience Initiative and longtime community mobilizer in Walla Walla, WA., will share the "back-story" to the documentary Paper Tigers, now in national screenings. Theresa will describe how a focus on common language, common agenda and the community capacity development model of the Family Policy Council, created the context, structure and support not just for Paper Tigers but for the many other untold resilience-based stories underway in Walla Walla. Newly released research showing how youth positive supports and resilience-building strategies can buffer the negative effects of ACES – even for youth with a large number of ACES- will also be reviewed. Dang, the Tampa conference just keeps getting better and better!

Innocence Lost: Tooth Fairies and School Lockdowns
Eliot Brenner captures the sobering reality of school lockdowns and innocence lost through the eyes of his family. A gripping Morning Zen post that combines the realities of today with the enduring advocacy quest for moving forward. Read the Morning Zen post here.

Researchers want to know how families prioritize benefits & risks of psychotropic meds for their children
This research gives families a voice in expressing what matters most to them when it comes to weighing the benefits and risks of the different demands in the care management of their child and when it comes to prioritizing the outcomes that are most important to them and their child. Hey family organizations, help improve the knowledge base and share the survey with your constituencies!

Most Americans report a personal connection to those who have abused prescription painkillers; Whites more likely to be affected than Blacks or Hispanics
With prescription painkiller abuse garnering more attention from the media and policymakers, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll finds most Americans have a personal connection to the issue. In total, 56 percent report a personal connection to painkiller abuse, because they either know someone who has taken a painkiller that wasn't prescribed to them; have been addicted to painkillers themselves or know someone who has; or know someone who died from an overdose. This is an important read for us all.

Webinar alert: An Overview of Current Research and Implementation Best Practices in Wraparound
This webinar will set the context for the importance of Wraparound quality, fidelity, and implementation supports. A review of the latest innovations, data, and research will be presented on such areas as cost, outcomes, workforce supports, and evidence-based clinical practices. If you are a wraparound aficionado, this would be a good webinar to put on your calendar.

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works
The report includes state-by-state youth drug overdose death rates and rankings, and a report card for how well states scored on ten key indicators of leading evidence-based policies and programs that can improve the well-being of children and youth and have been connected with preventing and reducing substance - alcohol, tobacco or other drugs - misuse. Learn more here.

The Raising of America
This new documentary special explores how conditions faced by children and their families during infancy and the early years can literally alter the developing brain and affect a child's future success—in school and life. Many families are struggling to provide the nurturing environment all young children need to thrive. How does the growing squeeze on parents—for time, for money and resources—impact the future mental and physical wellbeing of their children? What are the consequences for the nation? And how might we do better?

Exposure to Toxic Stress in Childhood Linked to Risky Behavior and Adult Disease
How a mother responds to her baby's cries can make a big difference in the child's ability to learn, develop, and thrive. While a warm, supportive response can help the baby calm down and feel secure, a distant or angry reaction leaves the child to fend for herself in a scary world. Over time, the lack of nurturing in the face of adversity in childhood can contribute to "toxic stress"—a harmful level of stress that can affect the child's well-being well into adulthood. "Toxic stress is the prolonged experience of significant adversity," says Monica Ordway. Left unchecked, toxic stress in early childhood strains the stress response system and even alters the developing brain. "Over time, without intervention, toxic stress will lead to an increase in adverse health outcomes that would last a lifetime for these children." Read more here.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 
http://cmhnetwork.org

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