CMHNetwork Friday Update 1-21-22
January 21, 2022
January 21, 2022
Greetings, Network faithful. Okay, wanna know what happens when you bring together mega-star hard rocker Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and mega-star bluegrass icon Alison Krauss? Well, glad you asked. In fact, why don’t you shut the office door (or your makeshift office in the hall closet), turn up the sound, and enjoy this wonderful NPR mini-concert? Enjoy the collaboration and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!
Most Important Reads of the Week
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) for American Indian Youth
With permission from the developers, the National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC) has provided training in CBITS with the understanding that it could be further modified by community members to best meet their needs. Previous training provided by the NNCTC has always encouraged group facilitators to identify how they might incorporate or modify the existing curriculum to ensure congruence with cultural beliefs and practices. The general feedback to those implementing CBITS and those attending CBITS training is often twofold: CBITS can help alleviate symptoms of traumatic stress for AI/AN students, and portions of the CBITS manual as written should be altered to fit the need of these students better.
Supporting Young Children Exposed to Potentially Traumatic Events: Implications for Early Care and Education Policy
Every year in the United States, millions of young children under the age of 5 are exposed to potentially traumatic events that threaten their safety, security, and well-being. Decades of scientific research demonstrate the pervasive negative consequences of trauma exposure on young children’s neurocognitive, psychosocial, and physical development, with adverse effects extending into adulthood. In addition, early childhood trauma is now widely recognized as a significant public health concern warranting comprehensive intervention. Federal, state, and private early care and education (ECE) programs serve a large number of the 0 to 5 population and can mitigate the harmful consequences of trauma exposure for children’s health and well-being. The literature on early childhood trauma should guide the creation of policies that strengthen ECE, enabling the delivery of high-quality, equitable, trauma-informed care to young children before formal school entry.
The Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity Call for Proposals
Evidence for Action’s released a new open and rolling call for proposals (CFP), Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity. Through this CFP, they seek to fund researchers, practitioners, community leaders, advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders to investigate the impacts of various social interventions on health and racial equity outcomes. They are interested in projects that develop and disseminate evidence about what works to advance racial equity and improve health and well-being outcomes for people and communities of color.
America Does The Daily Mile
The Daily Mile™ is hosting its first national event day in schools and across social media! This Valentine’s Day, The Daily Mile will promote heart health and mental health! The goal is for students across America to do The Daily Mile on the same day. We’re encouraging every school to get involved and bring the nation together!
Kids Say Their Mental Health Is Fine. Experts Disagree
Several leading medical professionals and institutions have declared a crisis in youth mental health. The Children’s Hospital Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics sounded the alarm first in October, followed soon after by the surgeon general. These declarations cite many statistics as cause for concern, including sharp increases in suicide attempts and emergency room visits by children in a mental health crisis.
How Staying Positive Helps
Food for thought from Mental Health America – Our worry-filled thoughts can present dangers of their own: Thinking negatively can drag down our moods, actions, and even our health. Experts say it’s worthwhile—and possible—to learn how to think more positively.
For Anxious Teachers, Omicron ‘Feels Like Walking Into a Trap
Instead of returning from winter break feeling refreshed and ready for the new semester, some teachers say on social media and in interviews that they are on edge about going back into the classroom amid the latest surge of COVID-19. As COVID-19 cases rise due to the more-contagious Omicron variant, educators in a number of communities are bracing for another semester of staffing shortages, student absences, and potentially getting sick themselves.
How is School Affecting Children’s and Families’ Mental Health During COVID-19 – A Year Later
Last year, the National Federation of Families surveyed families and created a compelling infographic spotlighting the incredible challenges so many were facing. In particular, they asked how parents and caregivers were coping with COVID-19 and its strain on every aspect of family life – employment, education, childcare, etc. Families who completed the anonymous survey provided critical information about how the pandemic impacted them and their children, especially academic progress, mental and behavioral health, and substance use. The National Federation of Families is asking families a year later to share this vital information with them again to help them better advocate for the needs of families and children at the federal level. Please take a few moments to complete the 2022 survey and share it with your network of colleagues, partners, families, and friends. Hearing from as many parents and caregivers as possible will help them represent family voice by painting the most accurate picture of family health and wellness today.
The College Faculty Guide to Academic Supports for College Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions Short Video Series
The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research launched this video series to provide information and strategies for college faculty members regarding how to support the academic participation and success of students who experience mental health conditions. College students commonly experience mental health conditions, yet myths and misconceptions about mental health conditions persist. This video series aims to dispel these misconceptions and provide research-based information regarding how the experience of a mental health condition can impact a student’s academic participation and performance.
New Course on Building Practitioner-Researcher Partnerships to Demonstrate Program Outcomes
Have you ever wondered how a research partnership can help demonstrate program outcomes and even attract sources of external funding? Research Partnerships for Public Safety and Health is a free, online course designed to support justice-system and behavioral health professionals seeking to address the challenges posed by substance use. The course also aims to support practitioners working with researchers or considering partnering with researchers by providing strategies and approaches to expand capacity in health and justice settings. Participants will learn about research approaches, tips to help create beneficial partnerships, examples of successful practitioner-researcher partnerships, and innovative approaches to enhance capacity and outcomes in community safety. Participants will also learn about the benefits of working with a research partner, such as pulling together data and analysis to support a project proposal, developing a pilot study to demonstrate proof of concept, conducting an evaluation that can support requests from funding agencies, and more.