Suicide: The Ripple Effect

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Network faithful are encouraged to watch the OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK TRAILER for the forthcoming film Suicide: The Ripple Effect, Directed, & Produced by Kevin Hines and Greg Dicharry. The feature film is scheduled to be ready in Spring 2017. Please show your support by sharing!

"Suicide: The Ripple Effect" is a feature length documentary film, currently in production, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and action that are helping millions of people find the hope needed to stay alive.

The film takes you on a journey with Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today Kevin still battles many extreme symptoms of bipolar disorder, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who has helped thousands of people choose life. Join Kevin on this global mission to spread a message of hope, recovery, and wellness as he visits some of the people who have been impacted by his suicide attempt, and connects with other extremely inspiring individuals around the world who are utilizing personal pain to bring hope and healing to others #TeamRippleWorld.

  • Learn more about "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" here.

Sponsorhip & Exhibit Opportunities for the 30th Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health

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Participating as a Sponsor at the 30th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference is an excellent opportunity for organizations to receive marketing exposure in addition to gathering knowledge and networking with key researchers, administrators, policymakers, family members, youth, clinicians, and other stakeholders. Sponsorship is not limited to financial support per se, but can also take the form of provision of other materials and resources utilized at the conference.

The Troubled-Teen Industry Has Been a Disaster For Decades. And It's Still Not Fixed.

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Emily Graeber sat on a plane, her long hair falling over her face, and pressed her nose against the window. Then she leaned back in her seat, trying not to cry.

It was October 2007. Graeber, a 15-year-old from Clayton, Missouri, had just spent a happy week with her family. Now she was headed back to Island View, a residential treatment center in Syracuse, Utah, that prided itself on its therapeutic approach to helping teens with behavioral problems.

Graeber hated Island View. Staff and other kids yelled at her for sins as small as making eye contact with other students. They gave her medication that made her gain weight and feel like a zombie. When she broke even minor rules, they isolated her for days, forbade her from speaking and forced her to sleep on a mattress in a hallway. At night, the bright fluorescent lights would keep her awake for hours until, crying, she fell into an exhausted, restless slumber.

She didn't want to go back. So when the plane landed in Utah, the teenager didn’t move. She stayed in her seat and waited to see what would happen. Eventually, the aircraft rumbled to life again. It was heading on to California. She was free.

But when Graeber arrived in San Francisco, she realized her baggage was probably drifting around an airport carousel in Utah, and the clothes on her back wouldn’t be enough to keep her warm. With no idea what to do next, she headed for the one place in the Bay Area she had heard of: the San Francisco piers. Hours passed. The sun set. She fell asleep curled up on a bench and woke up the next morning to find other homeless people had bunked down with her.

The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From Afar?

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trumpIn the midst of a deeply divisive presidential campaign, more than 1,000 psychiatrists declared the Republican candidate unfit for the office, citing severe personality defects, including paranoia, a grandiose manner and a Godlike self-image. One doctor called him “a dangerous lunatic.”

The year was 1964, and after losing in a landslide, the candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, sued the publisher of Fact magazine, which had published the survey, winning $75,000 in damages.

But doctors attacked the survey, too, for its unsupported clinical language and obvious partisanship. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association adopted what became known as the Goldwater Rule, declaring it unethical for any psychiatrist to diagnose a public figure’s condition “unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”

Enter Donald J. Trump.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National

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Youth M.O.V.E. National is pleased to offer the Robert Wood Johnson Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National. Youth M.O.V.E. National has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to honor and reward excellence in promoting health equity and systems transformation work.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully implemented a systems change approach within the past two years to improve outcomes for those impacted by health disparities. With this award, we are aiming to recognize and celebrate an individual who has helped to create a culture of health, particularly in one or more of the following areas: access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, and public safety.

One nominee (an individual or team of up to two individuals) will receive national recognition, as well as a $3000 prize. The prize money is unrestricted and may be used in any way determined by the winner.

Eligibility- Consistent with the Official Rules for this award, in order to be considered for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National, nominees must be:

  • *Citizens or legal residents of the United States;
  • *Thirteen (13) years of age or older;
  • *Not a trustee, director, officer, stakeholder, employee, contractor, agent, representative, affiliate of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Youth M.O.V.E. National, selection committee, or the spouse/domestic partner, parent, sibling, child, or grandchild of any of the foregoing;
  • *Have not previously received any Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity from any sponsor organization in any year.

Enter your nomination here!

Nominations Open for 2016 RockStar Awards

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rockstarYouth M.O.V.E. National presents the annual RockStar Award to individuals and/or organizations who make an outstanding contribution to the improvement of youth, services and systems that support positive growth and development of young people who have lived experience in various child-serving systems including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. If you know someone or an organization who meets these guidelines and you would like to nominate them, please complete and return this application no later than September 5, 2016.

  • Get started on your application here!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Promote Mental Health Awareness

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

There has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a helpline service run by YoungMinds to help tackle the stigma associated with calling support services and encourage those who need help to seek it.

Their Royal Highnesses were given a taster of the training that equips helpline volunteers to provide support to those who call. And that training can help all of us support friends, family members or colleagues who might need a bit of support. Here are some top tips to help us all help each other. Download them and share them with others.

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Children’s Institute Subject of MDRC Study on Improving Service Delivery for Children Affected By Trauma

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(LOS ANGELES)—On Monday, August 8, MDRC—a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect low-income people and communities—released a new study on Los Angeles-based organization Children’s Institute, Inc., (CII) titled “Improving Service Delivery for Children Affected by Trauma.”

Created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies, MDRC’s mission is to find solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation—from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale demonstrations and evaluations of real-world policies and programs targeted to low-income people.

Founded in 1906, Children’s Institute, Inc., is one of the country’s largest children’s services organizations, serving more than 28,000 children and families a year in some of Los Angeles’s most challenged communities, including Watts and South L.A. CII is a multi service organization that provides holistic and coordinated support to children and families by engaging them in multiple, trauma-informed services: clinical services to address children’s mental health needs, early childhood programs for young children, programs designed to help parents and guardians better support their children, and youth activities designed to develop protective factors. A central aspect of CII’s clinical services is using evidence-based practices—highly specified treatment modes that research has shown to be effective in treating a targeted population. This comprehensive model contrasts with the often fragmented and uncoordinated child welfare system.

MDRC used a mix of quantitative and qualitative data to assess the implementation of CII’s services during the study period.  In particular, the team assessed the level of client participation in multiple types of services and evidence-based practices. The results of the study found that nearly all clients receiving CII’s clinical services also participate in family support and/or youth development services at CII, which is a stated goal of the organization’s Integrated Service Model. To implement the integrated model, CII had to overcome the challenges of coordinating care across a fragmented system. Flexible funding—like that provided to CII by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Social Innovation Fund—was essential to providing clients with non-clinical services.  The study found that other multiservice organizations might also want to creatively weave together public and private funding streams to integrate services effectively.

With nearly a third of CII’s clinical clients receiving an evidence-based practice, the study’s findings confirm CII’s leadership in providing these state-of-the-art services, especially given the 2012 estimate that only 2 percent of youth receive care that is evidence-based through California’s county mental health plans. 

The in-depth fidelity study examining CII’s implementation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy indicated that CII’s fidelity to the treatment model was aligned with that of other community-based organizations in similar fidelity studies.

Moving forward, CII is poised to contribute to the national dialogue on how to implement holistic, trauma-informed human services for high-risk populations. The organization will utilize the results of this study to contribute more broadly to the mental health field by disseminating findings related to the implementation of evidence-based practices in real-world contexts, and by demonstrating improved clinical outcomes for high-risk youth who receive family support and youth development services.

CII is also involved in MDRC’s ongoing Building Bridges and Bonds study of fatherhood programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this separate and unrelated study, MDRC and CII will be building evidence about a unique CII program called Project FatherhoodSM that promotes and builds parenting skills in men, increases conflict management skills, and reduces co-parenting conflict for both parents.

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Teachers Guide to SM, What to Tell the Teacher About Your Child

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~ From our colleagues at the Child Mind Institute ~ 

childmindThirty-six irresistible youngsters from 16 states (and Shanghai!) joined us last week for Brave Buddies, our summer program for children with selective mutism. These kids have extreme anxiety about speaking outside their homes, especially in school. At Brave Buddies they get intensive therapy, practicing what we call brave talking while playing, doing group activities and going on field trips. The week culminated in a visit to the ice cream store where they flexed their brave muscles by ordering their own ice cream. 

While these kids have been preparing to use their voices in school in a few weeks, teachers have been preparing, too, to welcome new students with all kinds of strengths and weaknesses. This week on we offer a Teachers Guide to Selective Mutism, which explains how to recognize the widely misunderstood disorder and help children who have it. And for parents wondering how much information to share with teachers about a child's strengths, weaknesses, talents and interests, check out  7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child

Caroline Miller, Editorial Director 

Teachers Guide to Selective Mutism 
What teachers need to know about SM, including what it looks like in the classroom and tips for encouraging kids with SM to participate. 

7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child 
Sharing key information can help a new teacher forge a strong connection with your child. And the start of the school year is not too early to open up. 

How to Give Kids Effective Instructions 
The first step to getting more cooperation is making sure children understand what they're being told to do.

10 Ways to Teach Your Child the Skills to Prevent Sexual Abuse 
Open conversation about anatomy, clear privacy rules and a no-secrets policy can help protect young kids without scaring them.

SAMHSA Seeking Comment on New Report on Opioid Use By Pregnant and Parenting Women

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Advancing the Care of Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants: A Foundation for Clinical Guidance, Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2016.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has released a report entitled “Advancing the Care of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants: A Foundation for Clinical Guidance” in the Federal Register for public comment. This document will serve as the basis of a clinical guide that SAMHSA is preparing on the care and treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorder and their infants. Please review the report and provide input on this document. To see the announcement, go to this link:

The public comment period will be open for 30 days after its release and all comments will be collected through this Federal Register mechanism. SAMHSA will incorporate comments in the clinical guide after the closure of the comment period. Please do not send your comments on the document to SAMHSA staff directly. SAMHSA would like to collect all comments through the Federal Register mechanism. To go to the Federal Register Notice and submit comments, please go to this link:

Recommended Citation Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Advancing the Care of Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants: A Foundation for Clinical Guidance, Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2016.

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