Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 10-14-22

October 14, 2022

Greetings, Network faithful. Today I want to celebrate Fred and Elizabeth and their 70+ years of a love that will last through eternity. When I think of their lifelong love affair, I think of Paris. Celebrate the special people in your life by wrapping your arms around the Pomplamoose version of the Edith Pilaf classic, Sous le Ciel de Paris. Enjoy the tune, tell those close to you that you love them, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

See Us, Support Us
Join advocates across the country for See Us, Support Us (SUSU), a year-round effort with national partners to raise awareness about and increase support for children of incarcerated parents, culminating in a month of action in October. This year, SUSU focuses on supporting the physical health and emotional well-being of children with incarcerated parents. The SUSU website has excellent information, resources, tips, a youth art contest, links to two webinars, and more.

The Economic Burden of Mental Health Inequities in the United States
This study, led by Daniel E. Dawes, Executive Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, aims to close an important gap in behavioral health and health equity research relative to mental health inequities. Building upon three landmark reports published 20-plus years ago, this study is intended to help us shed light on an issue that we have not before been able to wrap our arms around: understanding the economic impact of our failure, as a country, to invest in behavioral health interventions, services, treatments, supports, and programs.

How Social Media Impacts the Brain
Did you know that 88.2% of the US population utilizes social media? Social media offers a cheap substitute for authentic connection, and it’s taking a toll on our mental health. Unfortunately, research demonstrates that active social media users of all ages report greater mental distress than their inactive counterparts. But that’s barely scraping the surface of the impacts of social media.

Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health to Address the Behavioral Health Crisis
Although behavioral health and physical health are profoundly linked, behavioral health care in the U.S. is usually delivered separately from primary care — and the two are often poorly coordinated. A recent post from the Commonwealth Fund shows why integrating behavioral health care with primary care can help promote equitable access to behavioral health services.

NEW Fully Online Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences
The University of South Florida is excited to offer a new, fully online Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences, which trains counselors to work with persons with physical, mental, emotional, and chemical disabilities. Check it out!

Transforming Community Mental Healthcare: How to Grow the Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Workforce
Webinar – Oct 20, 2022 12:00 PM ET
Transitions ACR is out with another “must attend” event. In this 90-minute webinar, the presenters will describe the history of youth & young adult peer support & key principles drawing from child peer mentoring and adult peer support models. Presenters will also discuss emerging best practices for supporting and growing the youth & young adult peer workforce.

Pathways to Wellness, an OJS Recidivism Reduction Initiative
2nd Annual 3-day virtual forum October 18-20, 2022
The 2nd Annual Tribal Justice Reducing Recidivism in Indian Country Forum “Pathways to Wellness” will focus on the impacts of trauma and victimization on individuals and tribal communities. Participants will understand how to use mindfulness to deliver services effectively, explore evidence-based practices, and learn about initiatives and programs implemented for healing and recovery.

Fireside Chat with Dr. Tom Insel
Please Join Us On Monday, December 12th, at 1 pm PST/4 pm EST for a fireside chat with Dr. Tom Insel.
President and Co-Founder of Opeeka, Dr. Kate Cordell, welcomes Dr. Tom Insel for a fireside chat. A psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology, Dr. Insel will discuss his most recent venture, Vanna Health, a start-up helping people with serious mental illness engage in psychosocial supportive care and reflect on his recent book “Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health.”

Youth and Young Adult Peer Support: Expanding Community-Driven Mental Health Resources
With support from Well Being Trust, Mental Health America’s new paper, Youth and Young Adult Peer Support: Expanding Community-Driven Mental Health Resources, is a call to invest in a full continuum of youth peer support to address the growing youth mental health crisis. The report explores why current approaches are insufficient and the increasing research and programs that support the ability of young people to support other youth.

Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty
Child Trends released a new research report which analyzes the historic 59 percent decline in child poverty in the United States from 1993 to 2019. The authors found that the social safety net was largely responsible for this decline. However, healthy economic conditions—including lower unemployment rates, increases in single mothers’ labor force participation, and increases in state minimum wages—also contributed.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Strengthening Primary Care in the U.S.
When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requested feedback in June on what it can do to strengthen primary care — the backbone of any high-performing health system — the Commonwealth Fund responded, highlighting three key evidence-based strategies that build on recommendations made by some of the nation’s leading health care experts.

Creating Safer Spaces in Schools for LGBTQ Youth
Most young people spend many of their waking hours at school, surrounded by teachers, administrators, and peers. For LGBTQ young people, school can be a tricky place to explore who they are and how they identify, especially if they face harassment, discrimination, or a lack of resources. The Trevor Project offers nonjudgmental support to all LGBTQ young people who may be in crisis, need immediate help, or need someone to talk to.

HYPE (Helping Youth on the Path to Employment)
HYPE is a manual-based intervention to support transition-aged youth and young adults with mental health conditions to develop their careers. The goal is to deliver state-of-the-art supported education services designed to help young adults achieve their goals in work and school to gain competitive employment in the primary labor market, enabling them to live meaningful and economically self-sufficient lives. HYPE is based on the values and practices of the Individualized Placement and Support approach to Supported Employment and Supported Education.

2022 State and Territorial Needs Assessment: Call to Action and Summary of Priority Areas
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with steady increases in the suicide rate from 2000 to 2018. While slight decreases were noted in the overall U.S. suicide death rate in 2019, the U.S. rate remains at 13.93/100,000 individuals, substantially above the 2000 rate of 10.4/100,000. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), with its partner Social Science Research and Evaluation (SSRE), conducted the second annual State and Territorial Needs Assessment (SNA) in Spring 2022 to assess the suicide prevention needs, challenges, strengths, infrastructure, and capacity of U.S. states and territories.

Latinx Families’ Strengths and Resilience Contribute to Their Well-Being
A new brief from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families reviews key findings from the literature on Latinx families’ strengths and highlights how these strengths can protect children from adversity. The authors provide recommendations for programs and practices to build on Latinx families’ strengths and to guide researchers in advancing strength-based research. 

What to Do, and Not to Do, When Your Child Won’t Go to School
What can you do when your child refuses to go to school? Drs. Christopher Kearney and Stephanie Mihalas give helpful advice for parents facing an increasingly common behavioral issue.

College Students Are ‘Quiet Quitting’ to Preserve Their Mental Health
Quiet quitting is becoming more popular among U.S. workers due in part to pandemic-related burnout. Now, new data show college students are hopping on the trend, as one-third of these individuals report putting less effort into schoolwork to preserve their mental health. In addition, 60 percent of respondents agreed with the statement “C’s get degrees,” meaning students don’t need to go above and beyond in the classroom to graduate.

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About the Author

Scott Bryant-Comstock

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

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