Friday Update 9-4-15

Greetings faithful readers. Time to get pumped up for the long mental health advocacy conversations looming ahead in both the Senate and the House. What better way to start your endurance training than with Benise - playing Malagueña - Think Lords of the Dance meet Spanish guitar. Ah, c'mon, you know you wanna watch the video. Get your Spanish guitar on and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Who will speak for families? Time for the Federation to rekindle its own flame
As someone who has been involved with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health since its infancy 27 years ago, I feel compelled to speak out on a difficult topic that many in the children's mental health community speak about privately, but not publicly - "What has happened to the National Federation?"

To the Board and staff of the National Federation - You know I love you and yes, I am a bit strident in this Morning Zen post. But the time is now for all of us to be a bit strident. I both applaud you and challenge you to face head-on the decisions you must make about the organization we all hold so dear in our hearts. Advocacy first, pure and simple. The fancy offices, caché of Washington, DC, are but mere traps, subtly designed to water down your message as others siphon off your power. Change your look if that is what must happen. Change your address if that is what is needed. But don't change what birthed the organization - fierceness, clarity of vision, and a true understanding of the power of family voice.

Federation Conference November 19 - 22, 2015
Speaking of the Federation, their national conference is set for November 19-22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Register today!  Early bird rate expires September 30, 2015! 

Do NAMI and MHA suffer from Anosognosia?
Sera Davidow provides a provocative perspective on what many see as the puzzling positioning of the National Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health America around mental health reform efforts in Congress. Read her post and let us know what you think.

The Ripple Effect: TCKs and those they leave behind
Millions of children in the Northern Hemisphere will be heading back to school soon, and those in the Southern Hemisphere to summer vacation. And many of those, regardless of location, will be moving on, into a new school environment. Much has been written about those TCKs who will need some support in their transition to a new environment. But what about those who are left behind? All those others in international or other  schools with high turnover -- the students, the teachers, the other parents who have formed attachments to the mobile child and his/her family -- what is the effect of TCK mobility on those they leave behind?

California moves to stop misuse of psychiatric meds in foster care
By the time DeAngelo Cortijo was 14, he had been in more than a dozen foster homes. He had run away and lived on the streets for months, and he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, attachment disorder, intermittent explosive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. He had been in and out of mental hospitals and heavily medicated. Are you worried about the inappropriate use of anti-psychotics for youth with behavioral challenges? You should be!

9th World Congress - See you there!
Bags are packed and the truck is all gassed up. Looking forward to a solid dose of positive mental health from a global perspective. Hope to see you in Columbia, South Carolina this week.

Joy DeGruy: "A Trip to the Grocery Store"
In this excerpt from Cracking the Codes: Understanding the System of Inequity, author and educator Joy DeGruy tells how her sister-in-law used her white privilege to take a stand against the system of inequity.

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13 - 16, 2016 – Call for Proposals is now open!
Since 1988, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. In the context of a rapidly diversifying population, this conference continues to expand to include topics related to substance abuse service systems and research, as well as pressing behavioral health topics associated with mental health reform legislation being discussed in Congress. The call for proposals is now open so get those pencils sharpened and get to writin'!

Children's Institute announces the 5th Annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference
The Children's Institute invites you to join nationally recognized experts in the field of implementing trauma-informed practice in child welfare, juvenile justice and children's mental health, including a special session on working with military families.

Longer-term outcome in the prevention of psychotic disorders by the Vienna omega-3 study
This study is the one we spoke of last week that shows positive results for the use of omega-3 to reduce the risk of psychosis. Okay, Research Network faithful – read on!

Strengthening Youth and Families Conference
Check out the 8th Annual Strengthening Youth and Families Conference, which will be held November 6-9 in Austin, Texas. This year's theme is Engaging Families, Connecting Communities, Achieving Successful Outcomes.

Meet Mike Caesar
As a child, he felt like something was wrong with him. But he didn't know exactly what. He got into trouble. A lot. When he was in elementary school, none of the adults around him could figure out why he couldn't just "behave." He was angry. He had tantrums. He felt like he was on an emotional roller coaster. Fortunately, one counselor helped him discover something that made him feel better in spite of all the ups and downs. The one thing that helped calm him down was writing and rapping.

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





Is Friday Update workin' for ya? 
We love feedback so let us know how we can improve the website to better meet your needs. Contact us here. We rely on your donations to ensure that the Network remains viable. So do what you do best, Network faithful, make a tax-deductible donation at the level that works for you. Thanks again to so many of you who are spreading the word. We are indeed a collective voice, and your support is greatly appreciated.

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

  • Sign Up Now
  • Take Action
  • Contribute