Friday Update 10-10-14 
Greetings faithful readers. We have a cornucopia of wonderful contributions to the collective voice for children's mental health to share with you in this issue of Friday Update. Thank you Network faithful for making us stronger each and every week! Enjoy this montage of advertisements on the power of group strength and t
hen get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Speak out about Bipolar Disorder - "Say it Forward" 
The Children's Mental Health Network is proud to join the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) in their groundbreaking campaign to educate and inspire people to learn the facts about mental illness and break the barrier of stigma. Help us "bust the stigma" by "saying it forward" from October 6 - 12. Still a few days left so get on it Network faithful! The campaign has documented over 8 million views and counting. Dang, we are feelin' the love. Let's break the 9 million mark, wadda ya say? 

Advocates dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT
We are still pulling together feedback from the last dialogue and should have a Morning Zen post ready for next Friday. Our next dialogue will be November 21st in Washington, DC. We will send out an announcement as soon as we have the details finalized. The dialogue will include a family who has recently gone through the AOT process so that we may better understand the hopes, challenges and fears associated with this process. At that same dialogue we will be inviting national advocacy groups to participate in a conversation designed to seek consensus on how disparate advocacy groups can work more closely together on issues impacting the development of robust behavioral health services and supports for children, young adults and their families.. Stay tuned! 

A Family's Growth Behind Bars: Reflections from the child of a formerly incarcerated parent 
Powerful testimony of acceptance, trust & mentorship from Daniel Bowes, JD, who reflects on the experience of growing up the child of a formerly incarcerated parent. Daniel is a board member of Our Children's Place, a phenomenal organization dedicated to addressing the needs of families who have a loved one in prison. 

"Tampa Conference" Call for proposals is now open! 
The 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health invites you to submit proposals for research benefiting children, youth and their families. We are lovin' the proposals coming in so early! Looks like the makings of a bumper crop this year. The deadline for submissions is October 24, 2014. Known widely as "The Tampa Conference," this annual gathering of more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates is sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, in partnership with the Children's Mental Health Network, the National Wraparound Initiative, Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health, and the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. 

Fostering resilience, easing transitions: Learning from Third Culture Kids 
Network faithful Nina Sichel is out with another poignant Morning Zen post on Third Culture Kids. "There is much to be learned from generations of border-crossing Third Culture Kids, whose lives, though filled with rich experience, also consist of repeated cycles of moving and repeated cycles of loss. The moving from place to place, country to country. The loss of these places and countries, and of friends, family, community. The loss of home." A worthy read, Network faithful. 

Check out the "Let's Get Ready" app from Sesame Workshop 
It's been awhile since we featured our amazing colleagues at Sesame Workshop so we thought we would check on what's cookin' in the workshop. Wouldn't you know it, they are at it again - this time producing a super cool app to help families prepare for emergencies together. Produced in partnership with PSEG, this app, with a host of songs and activities, will help your whole family stay safe! And let's face it, anything with muppets is extremely cool... 

Join a tweet chat on the Affordable Care Act and Latino health coverage 
The Commonwealth Fund will host a one-hour tweet chat on October 16 at 1:00 p.m., E.T., to discuss the health insurance gains made by Latinos under the Affordable Care Act and the challenges they still face. Fire up your Twitter accounts Network faithful!

Does your child need health insurance coverage? 
Even if your child has been denied health insurance coverage in the past – your child can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. If your child has been treated for an emotional or behavioral problem in the past, he or she can not be denied coverage based on this treatment. Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 15, 2014. 

Liza Long steps up to the "Karaoke Challenge" 
Network faithful Liza Long and family step up in a big way and throw down a karaoke challenge to us all. Thank you "Team Long" for singing a song that goes on... and on... and on... and on... Join "Team Long" and create your own Karaoke video and support the Children's Mental Health Network. Whoop whoop! 

Survey gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to speak out on children's mental health 
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH), together with the REACH Institute, would like to know more about your experience as the parent of a child who has received mental health services. Are you given a full range of treatment options? Do you know what type of treatment your child is receiving? Complete the survey and make your voice count! 

Journal updates for Scott's progress in the NeuroLeader Master Class begin next week! 
Look for my first journal update on my progress in the ZeroPoint Leadership NeuroLeader Master Class next Friday. I am approaching this journal uncensored and unfiltered (what else is new?), so be ready for a host of plot twists, funny moments and the sound of light bulbs popping as I share with you the daily grind of working to incorporate knowledge of the human brain into the art of leadership. 

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

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