Morning Zen

Our Morning Zen section of the website is the place where people can share opinion essays on hot topics in children’s mental health programming and policy.

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Note: The Children’s Mental Health Network ceased operation in December, 2023. This archived website is hosted by our long-time partners at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Child & Family Studies, University of South Florida.


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Your Song

Posted on November 25, 2023
My advocacy journey started early. At the ripe old age of 19, I began volunteering at a suicide and crisis…
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Making a Case for Prevention–The Daily Mile

Posted on November 16, 2023
In an earlier post to Morning Zen, I discussed the imperativeness of behavioral health prevention services for children as…
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The Children’s Mental Health Network is Closed Down

Posted on June 09, 2023
Important Message From Scott Bryant-Comstock The Children’s Mental Health Network is Closing Down After meeting with the Board…
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Making a Case for Prevention 

Posted on May 18, 2023
It is well-known that early experiences in life often influence our behavior in adolescence and adulthood. Equally notable is…
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UPLIFT Livestream Peer Support Training on YouTube!

Posted on March 18, 2023
Join Youth ERA for an amazing livestream on YouTube! Friday, March 31st 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT Register…
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Celebrating the Life of Richard Donner – Family Partner Extraordinaire

Posted on February 03, 2023
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Is It Possible to Reduce School Shootings– Without Gun Control?

Posted on June 08, 2022
Is it possible to reduce school shootings without gun control? Yes, of course. And that means that the…
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From Sandy Hook to Uvalde – And so it continues

Posted on May 26, 2022
On December 14, 2012, I wrote this lead-in for Friday Update: Greetings, faithful readers. As we…
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How Do We SEE and SUPPORT Children of Incarcerated Parents

Posted on November 28, 2021
How do we SEE and SUPPORT? Maybe it’s the language we use, saying “parent” rather than “inmate” or “prisoner.” Maybe…