Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 3-20-20

March 20, 2020

Let’s get this issue of Friday Update started with one of my favorite Canadian groups, The Wailin’ Jennys, singing their beautiful song, “One Voice.” I have included the complete lyrics on the video page – a most worthy read during these times of monumental change. Okay, enjoy the song, get your chakras in line, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Sanjay Gupta Podcast – Pandemic Panic
Living in a pandemic can be scary, isolating, overwhelming. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta invites Dr. Deepak Chopra to help answer the question: how do we cope in these times of uncertainty?

What the Coronavirus Reveals About the Digital Divide Between Schools and Communities
In 2019, an estimated 21.3 million Americans lacked access to broadband internet. As more school curricula move online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings Institute, offers interim strategies to keep students connected to their teachers and coursework, including equipping school buses and nutrition centers with WiFi hotspots.

Bridging Digital Divides Between Schools and Communities
Getting internet to the school is just one piece of the puzzle in closing the digital divide and the growing “homework gap” in which students lack residential and community broadband access. Even in communities with exceptional broadband in their schools, how are student experiences affected when nearby institutions and establishments, including libraries, churches and other public facilities, have limited digital resources and connectivity?

How to Create an APA Style Reference for a Canceled Conference Presentation
For those of you who worked so hard to develop your presentation for the canceled Tampa Conference, the American Psychological Association has posted instructions for how you can list your presentation on your CV so that you can get the credit that you deserve! The instructions in this blog post apply to any canceled conference presentation.

Fight for the Equitable Health Care System We Need!
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has exposed the vast shortcomings of our nation’s health system and the critical importance of affordable coverage and care for all. As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23rd, which brought health coverage to 20 million people, the virus makes clear we need to protect the gains we’ve made and continue to advocate for a health system that enables us all to live healthy lives. This is particularly important for people with substance use disorders and/or mental illness, who have greater risk of COVID-19 and still face many barriers to care.

Meet George Miller – GEM Art Studios
Child Advocacy Artist George E. Miller creates art that addresses the issues that affect our children & young people. His multicultural artwork embraces the beauty of diversity and gives vision to our most positive thoughts and beliefs. His messages will enlighten, educate, and lift your spirit!” If you have attended the Tampa Conference in the past, you likely have seen George’s artwork – stunningly beautiful. Share the love, Network faithful!

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently reports that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is low for young Americansresearch on natural disasters makes it clear that, compared to adults, children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives. This resource offers information on supporting and protecting children’s emotional well-being as this public health crisis unfolds.

Coronavirus Resources
Like individuals and institutions around the globe, the National Health Law Program is monitoring the coronavirus pandemic. As part of their work protecting and expanding access to health rights for low-income and underserved individuals, they are curating a selection of coronavirus related resources that will be helpful for advocates. The Coronavirus Resource page contains helpful material from NHeLP, and covers topics like Medicaid, CHIP, immigrant health, legislation, reproductive and sexual health, and more.

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak
The World Health Organization has developed a list of mental health considerations as support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19 outbreak. The recommendations included on the list are spot on!

Exploring Age Differences in the Experiences of Academic Supports Among College Students with Mental Health Conditions
College students with mental health conditions struggle to succeed academically potentially limiting their future. Previous research has shown that college students of all ages with mental health conditions under-utilize academic supports. However traditional (i.e. young adult) and non-traditional (i.e. older adult) students have different academic learning experiences and may also have different academic support experiences. This research explored the academic support experiences of young adult college students with mental health conditions and compared them to those of older adult college students with mental health conditions. Young adults were less likely to access formal disability services, less satisfied in their college experience and reported lower quality relationships with staff and faculty as compared to their older peers. Further investigation of the many potential reasons for these differences is warranted. Read the brief here.

Request for Information on How Youth with Behavioral Health Needs are Being Served When Schools are Closed
We are compiling a list of innovative strategies for effectively meeting the needs of children and youth with behavioral challenges who have been abruptly displaced with school closings. If you know of ways communities are rallying around these students, tell us about it. Click here and share either the good news in your community or let us know what’s needed.

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About the Author

Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. 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 for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

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