Friday Update 8-21-15

Greetings faithful readers. The congressional recess is almost over, and in our continuing quest to get Democrats and Republicans to talk to each other about meaningful mental health reform, we are offering yet another inspirational video. We know that something has got to get them talkin', so we will keep tryin'. Meet us in the middle andthen get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey and Dr. Dennis Embry need to work together to promote the use of fish oil for the long-term prevention of psychosis
Network faithful know that Dr. Dennis Embry (a member of the CMHNetwork Advisory Council) has long been promoting the use of Omega-3 fish oil for the long-term prevention of psychosis. One of the studies that Dr. Embry has often cited is one that was funded by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey several years ago, that showed promise in the preventable effects of fish oil. For as long as I have known Dr. Embry, he has been calling for Dr. Torrey to move forward with the study. Just last week, the Treatment Advocacy Center, which is headed up by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, mentioned the promising results of the study in question! Okay, Dr. Torrey and Dr. Embry, time to move this forward. The Children's Mental Health Network is calling on the two of you to work together to get this treatment protocol listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Collectively, you have a rare opportunity to show true collaboration between a prevention scientist (Dr. Embry) and a research scientist who has dedicated his life to treating individuals with the most severe forms of mental illness (Dr. Torrey).

Can we prevent psychosis? It's more hopeful than NIMH Director Insel thinks 
Here is the Morning Zen post Dennis Embry wrote earlier this year on the importance of studying the positive effects of Omega-3 fish oil. Embry provides encouragement to NIMH Director Thomas Insel about advances in research on mental illness prevention strategies and raises a clarion call on behalf of the Children's Mental Health Network to help foster a true, national public-health approach to prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Can fish oils prevent or delay the development of psychosis? 
Okay, now we are just piling on. More evidence that Dr. Embry and Dr. Torrey need to develop a partnership to promote the use of fish oil. Check out this video interview with Dr. Barbara Cornblatt, professor of psychiatry and molecular medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Cornblatt directs the Recognition and Prevention (RAP) program, which she founded in 1998, at Zucker Hillside Hospital. RAP is dedicated to treating early warning signs of mental illness in adolescents and young adults and is one of the longest running centers of its kind in North America. More than 500 young people have participated in both the research and treatment components of this program. Early treatment in the RAP Clinic has been consistently associated with a high rate of clinical improvement. This one is worth a view, Network faithful!

Dissertation survey focuses on how colleges can better meet the needs of young people with mental illness
Network faithful Laura Murray is conducting a much-needed doctoral dissertation study on the experiences of college students with mental illness and how effective the institutions they attend are at supporting them. Laura needs our help to find young people to take an anonymous survey. If you are between the ages of 18 and 25; you have a mood, anxiety, or psychotic disorder; your mental health challenges began before college entrance, and you will be enrolled as a part-time or full-time college student in the United States in Fall, 2015, you are welcome to complete the survey. Read the message from Laura, review the criteria for participation, and if it fits for you, help advance the knowledge!

Peek inside a classroom - What happened to Jasmine?
When you look inside a classroom, there are some things you can not see…. Frequent Morning Zen contributor Daun Kaufmann has quickly become one of the leading trauma-informed education voices in America. Daun writes with clarity, knowledge, compassion and urgency about the need to address trauma in the classroom. His latest contribution and call to action is a must read for educators, parents and the mental health professionals who work alongside them.

Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut looking for a new President & CEO
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, has been led for 29 years by its highly-regarded President and CEO who plans to retire at the end of 2015. This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England's Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Michael Negrón. All submissions are confidential. Only online applications will be accepted.

Strategies for getting enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep? Lifestyle changes, such as quiet time before bed and having a consistent sleep schedule, can sometimes improve sleep quality. The National Institutes of Health has helpful information on sleep, including a list of steps you can take to improve your sleep habits from the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Free brain-based leadership school
Hey, Network faithful, Laurie Ellington and Paul McFadden are at their neurolinguistic best and are offering another great opportunity to improve your leadership through neuroscience. They have just launched a FREE Brain-Based Leadership School, which consists of 4 short (about 15-30 minutes) classes introducing folks to the neuroscience of leadership. Okay, get on it and sign up!

University of South Florida launches children's mental health financing course
Interested in learning more about the financing of children's mental health services? Check out this course being offered by the University of South Florida's Department of Child & Family Studies and taught by Suzanne Fields, Senior Advisor for Health Care Policy at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. The course, Financing of Children's Mental Health Services will further students' critical thinking about financing strategies and structures that support effective systems of care.

Suzanne is one of the premier thought leaders on the subject of mental health financing. This course is a must if you are going to keep up to speed on the latest information. Here is the best part. Interested in the course, but not yet in the USF Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavior Health program? No worries, you can sign up to take it as a Non-degree seeking student. Get on it! 

Resources on Tai Chi as a Mind-Body Practice 
Have you ever tried tai chi or been interested in learning more about this mind and body practice? The NCCIH Web site features information - including a video - on tai chi and qi gong, exercise therapies that are generally considered to be safe self-care approaches used to promote a healthy lifestyle.

9th World Congress just around the corner
Oh man, we are getting excited about this conference. The conference features an array of speakers from across the globe, and the CMHNetwork is going to be lucky enough to interview a few of them. Heck, sign up for the conference and you can join us and talk to leading experts in positive psychology, integrated health, social and technological innovation, and more. Registration for the 9th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders is open!  Join your colleagues from all over the world to promote local change through global knowledge exchange!

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was the most common among youth ages 1-18, while depression was the most common diagnosis among young adults ages 19-24 receiving antipsychotics. - See more at: http://www.cmhnetwork.org/resources/show?id=909#sthash.DQfNZxVs.dpuf





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