Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 12-4-20

December 04, 2020

Let’s start with some Bruce Springsteen to get us thoroughly prepped for this issue of Friday Update. Like the rest of ya’s, I am Waitin’ on a Sunny Day, and yearning for the E-Street Bands rendition of ‘Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.’ Put your headphones on, crank up the volume, and give it a go. I guarantee it will recalibrate your chakras. Enjoy the tune, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

The Optimistic Advocate is Ready to Share His Kundalini Awakening!
Well, faithful readers, if you want to know everything that is going on with me, then you might want to join me on the Optimistic Advocate podcast. For the next six weeks, I will be sharing the kundalini awakening I experienced just about a year ago. It has taken me the past year to scrape up the gumption to share it with you – all of it – the visions, the cosmic connections, yep, the whole woo-woo and kaboodle. Besides sharing the Kundalini experience, it is also an opportunity for me to share my thoughts about how we can move just a bit closer to achieving our full potential. And, to seal the deal, from here on out, I will be sharing my poetry on the podcast. Dang, what a bonus! I hope you enjoy it.

The past year has been quite a ride, and I invite you to join in my quest for self-discovery. If you are interested in joining the adventure with me, please subscribe to the podcast to be updated on new episodes. The Kundalini episodes begin with Season 2, Episode 1. New episodes are released daily, Monday through Friday, and I could not be happier. See you on the podcast!

The Training Institutes are Back and are Going LIVE!
It looks like the University of Maryland School of Social Work, the former TA Center for system of care grantees, is going strong with the “new look” for the Training Institutes that so many of us system of care folk loved attending for the past 30 years. On the first Thursday of every month, the new Training Institutes will offer free live virtual workshops. Experts from across the nation will share state-of-the-art strategies for improving services and outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families. The kick-off event is Thursday, January 14th, 20201, so get yourself registered!

Putiputi & Puddy Learn About the Coronavirus
Enjoy this wonderful book by Janet Peters and Paul Hirini. Written for children coping with the Pandemic in New Zealand, the book has a Māori flavor, which will delight you. Introduce the young children in your life to this book. Janet and Paul have written a “go-to” positive resource for helping our young children work their way through the Pandemic. Thank you, Janet and Paul, for sharing this wonderful book with the Children’s Mental Health Network!

The Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Children and Adolescents with Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges
Join me in celebrating CMHNetwork Intern Zizzette Garcia as she shares a call to action, not to forget that our most vulnerable communities depend on everyone’s help during these difficult times.

Bedtime Routines That Work!
From our colleagues at Child Trends
Research finds that bedtime routines are vital for getting adequate sleep. Yet, only about 65 percent of families in the United States report engaging in a routine five or more times a week. A new article finds that certain nightly habits before bed can help children with sleep, including providing children a healthy snack; hygiene practices, such as bathing and brushing teeth; and reading, singing, and physical contact, such as massaging or cuddling.

Mobile Crisis Plays Critical Role in Responding to Families
From our colleagues at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
Connecticut has one of the best mobile crisis response systems to support families and schools when a child is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Connecticut’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services has been especially important during the COVID pandemic providing support virtually and in person. For more than a decade, CHDI has partnered with the State to ensure Connecticut’s system is responsive and effective, and has consulted with system of care grantees across the country through the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and & Family Mental Health at the University of Maryland. Jeffrey Vanderploeg shares key elements of Connecticut’s success in an “Innovative Conversation: A National Overview of Mobile Response Stabilization Services,” hosted by Wraparound Ohio. Learn more about the national initiative and hear how it is working in Connecticut, Nevada, and Maryland.

A Magical Mantra for Nurturing a Blissful Life
As the coronavirus pandemic raged in her native Sri Lanka, monk JayaShri Maathaa had a thought: two magical words that planted something beautiful in her mind and blossomed into a whole new way of being. She shares how this mantra transformed her life — and the surprising ways gratitude can invite bliss, joy, and harmony between yourself and all that surrounds you.

How I Use Light To Manage My Mental Health and Brighten My Mood
From our colleagues at the amazing Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research
The days are getting shorter, and the darkness is sticking around longer. This past winter, Maggie noticed an increase in her own mental & physical health symptoms, including fatigue and decreased motivation. In her blog post, Maggie describes a routine that includes several lighting products that help keep her emotionally and physically at her best. Light therapy can be used to combat winter darkness, as Maggie did, and it can also be useful to combat the discomfort and dip in mental health many of us are feeling now due to the current, uncertain times. If you’ve never thought about using light therapy to help elevate your mood, read Maggie’s blog post for some ideas.

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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.

In 2019, I had a full-blown Kundalini awakening. That experience has clarified many of the questions about purpose, focus, and mission that I have had my entire life. And heck, I want to share those learnings with you!

I encourage you to listen to the Optimistic Advocate podcast, with new episodes every Monday through Friday. Episodes always give you something to chew on as you move through the day. Insights from me, always a bit of poetry, and inspiring homework for you, as we move together on this beautiful journey of creating harmony with the universe. As a bonus, periodically, we post a long-form interview with inspiring advocates who help individuals and families make positive changes in their lives in communities across the globe. Remember to stay optimistic and listen to the universe (It’s speaking through you, I promise.).

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