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Friday Update 5-12-17

Greetings faithful readers. Here is a special treat - David Gilmour, of the band Pink Floyd, playing his blistering guitar solo from the song Comfortably Numb. Just about sums up this past week in Washington, DC. Watch the video, rewire the circuits in your brain and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Friday Update is Five Years Old!
Woo hoo and happy 'birthday' to all of us. Can you believe that Friday Update is five years old? Five years of tasty morsels, wholesome goodness and the latest in children's mental health news and resources every single Friday. Well, okay, maybe every once in awhile it is Saturday... or Sunday... but you get the idea. If you are a history buff, visit the Friday Update archives - a lot of informative stories in those pages! And by all means, if you think you have benefitted in some way from reading Friday Update, please consider making a donation to keep us going! You can send your spare change to the Network by clicking here

How Crisis Text Line is Taking Crisis Intervention to the Next Generation
Crisis Text Line’s 3,100-strong community of volunteer Crisis Counselors support people dealing with a variety of crises: suicidal ideation and depression account for about ⅓ of conversations, with the rest including abuse, self-harm, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, and relationship troubles. Jared Wolf of Crisis Text Line shares how you can become involved in this life-affirming movement. Check it out! 

25 Secrets of Moms Living With a Mental Illness
Being a parent is hard. Being a parent with a health challenge can be extra hard. Being a parent with a highly stigmatized health challenge… it can leave a momma with mental illness feeling like no one understands what she’s going through. That’s why, just in time for Mother’s Day, The Mighty wanted to ask moms in the mental health community to share one thing they wish others understood about parenting with a mental illness. 

Clarke and Dawe - The Unsung Hero of Modern Political Life
Oregon Network faithful Lando Calrissian has a way of brightening our day and putting things into their proper perspective. Lando encourages us all to take 5 and enjoy watching our favorite Australian political analysts weigh in on the relationship between the media and politicians. 

Sign the Sandy Hook Promis Mother's Day Card
This Mother's Day, too many moms are facing this day without their children because of gun violence. Please sign Sandy Hook Promise's Mother's Day card now and send them your love and support – and a promise to do everything we can to protect more children from gun violence and prevent other parents from experiencing this devastating loss.

What Bullets Do to Bodies
The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront every day. As Dr. Amy Goldberg, a trauma surgeon at Temple University Hospital, says: “You think you know what happens here? Because I thought I knew. But there’s nothing that can prepare you.”

National Prevention Week (NPW) Kickoff on Monday, May 15th
The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention on National Prevention Week (NPW) kicks off at an event in Washington DC on Monday. NPW is intended to involve communities in raising awareness about behavioral health issues and implementing prevention strategies; foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health; and promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications. The hour-long event is free and begins at 11 am at the Jack Morton Auditorium. Doors open at 10:30. There is a webcast as well for anyone interested who can’t attend in person. 

National Governors Association Urges Funding for CHIP
Recognizing the importance of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the National Governors Association sent a bipartisan letter today to lawmakers urging them to extend funding for another five years at current levels. 

Research Brief: Well-being of Young Children After Experiencing Homelessness
HHS recently released a new research brief using data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Options Study. The brief examines the well-being of young children 20 months after staying in emergency homeless shelters with their families. The brief also examines housing instability, child care instability, and enrollment in center-based care and Head Start, and associations between 
housing and child care stability and child well-being. 

10 Things to Know About Medicaid: Setting the Facts Straight
President Trump and other GOP leaders have called for far-reaching changes to Medicaid, including caps on federal funding for the program. In the debate about Medicaid’s future, some critics of the program have made statements that are at odds with data, research, and basic information about Medicaid. To inform policy decisions that may have significant implications for Medicaid, the low-income people it serves, and the states, this brief highlights ten key Medicaid facts. 

Practicing Recovery: Empowerment and Independence for Youth in Transition
This issue of Practicing Recovery looks at how the behavioral health workforce can support transition-age youth as they plan for their futures and live meaningful, autonomous lives. The issue includes resources for both youth in transition and the providers who serve them. 

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

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