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Friday Update 8-5-16 

Greetings faithful readers. Oh my, what an exciting week this is. Lots of great information on the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference for you to peruse in this issue. Get yourself registered, Network faithful. Gonna be epic. To help motivate you, check out this smooth jazz video by the great Madeleine Peyroux who is encouraging you to "Don't Wait Too Long!" Enjoy the jazz groove and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Exciting news for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 5 - 8, 2017, in beautiful Tampa Florida!

The Closet, Courage and Cinnamon Rolls
This week we feature an essay by Elaine Quinn, who participated in Lee Gutkind’s most recent workshop on “Writing Away the Stigma.” Excellent read!

Destini's Brother
"When we conceived this film two years ago, we were simply trying to break through the static narratives of police violence that we saw on our televisions. We were in Durham, N.C., which in terms of racial tension felt similar to many American cities before Ferguson became a household name, and Black Lives Matter became a national movement. The city was full of organizers, families and working people who spent their evenings huddled in the backs of restaurants, barber shops, and community centers, trying to shed light on issues of inequality that we felt the media consistently missed."  Nicholas Pilarski and Destini Riley ~

Get Health Insurance for 2017! 
If you think you don’t need health insurance or it’s too expensive, look no further than the Health Insurance Marketplace. Here you’ll find a range of plans and prices to choose from that’ll work for your life and budget. You may even qualify for savings!

 
Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change (2016) 
Estimates indicate that as many as 1 in 4 Americans will experience a mental health problem or will misuse alcohol or drugs in their lifetimes. These disorders are among the most highly stigmatized health conditions in the United States, and they remain barriers to full participation in society in areas as basic as education, housing, and employment. 

Gun Violence And Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper
For some people, the attack on police officers by a gunman in Dallas this summer brought to mind another attack by a sniper in Austin 50 years ago – on Aug. 1, 1966. That's when student Charles Whitman stuck his rifle over the edge of the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin and started shooting. Ultimately, he killed 16 people — and wounded more than 30 others.
 
Melinda Gates, Steve Ballmer, Reid Hoffman Back Text-Based Counseling Service
Non-profit Crisis Text Line just raised $23.8 million in grants.
Crisis Text Line, a free, around the clock text-messaging support line for people in crisis, is getting a massive new round of grants from notable technology names including Melinda Gates, Steve Ballmer, Reid Hoffman, and Pierre Omidyar. 
You can see Nancy Lublin, Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, present a keynote address at the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health.

Fact Sheet: Early Warning Signs of Psychosis 
This fact sheet lists changes in behavior before psychosis develops that may be early warning signs of psychosis. 

RAISE: First Episode Psychosis Fact Sheet 
This fact sheet lists some facts about psychosis in general and specifically first episode psychosis, as well as a variety of treatments. 


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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 
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