Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 4-1-22

April 01, 2022

Greetings, Network faithful. Let’s start this edition off by listening to Sting and Shaggy as they play “Englishman in New York,” “Don’t Make Me Wait” and “Shape of My Heart/Lucid Dreams” in an epic NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Enjoy the concert and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do! 

Most Important Reads of the Week

How to Talk With Your Child About the War in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine is distressing to all of us. Children and teens are wondering what has happened and what may happen next. Like adults, they can better cope with upsetting news and images when they understand more about the situation. Here are some suggestions to help you support your child constructively and helpfully.

Epidemic Rates of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders Require an Urgent Response
A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents the high prevalence of mental health disorders among America’s children even before the pandemic. Findings indicate high rates of mental health disorders among U.S. children and youth, including evidence that even very young children experience mental health conditions. Twenty percent of all children have an identified mental health condition annually, while forty percent will meet the criteria by age 18. MMWR findings show that children living in poverty and minoritized children fare worse than their peers in access to care, identifiable risk factors, and prevalence of certain mental health conditions. Despite high rates of mental health conditions, the MMWR documents low rates of treatment (about 11.4% annually for White, 9.8% for Black, and 8.7% for LatinX children).

Advancing Parent Peer Support 2022: Practice, Program, and Policy
Apr 5 – 7, 2022 (1 pm – 4pm ET each day)
Be part of the excitement as FREDLA launches the second annual Parent Peer Support Institute, Advancing Parent Peer Support: Practice, Program & Policy! The Institute offers three half-day sessions of professional development specifically designed for parent peer support providers, supervisors, administrators, and policy-makers.

REACH Institute Announces Pediatric Mental Health Training Award
Applications due May 9, 2022
The pediatric mental health crisis affects everyone but especially impacts under-resourced communities. This Award gives a Non-Profit Organization and or Federally Qualified Health Center that serves low-income communities the opportunity to provide pediatric mental health training through REACH’s training programs to its Healthcare Providers, Local Schools, and Family Peer Advocates. By offering this Award, REACH hopes that these newly trained providers, teachers, and advocates will feel empowered to diagnose and support the children and families they serve. The Award will fund all costs typically associated with the Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program for up to 50 pediatric primary care providers, valued at $92,000. Learn more about this fantastic opportunity here.

Call for Stories and Research on Health Misinformation
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling for research, data, and personal experiences related to health misinformation, in an effort to deepen our collective understanding of its sources and impact. In 2021, the Surgeon General released a Surgeon General’s Advisory on Confronting Health Misinformation, accompanied by a toolkit for community leaders. As the next step in this work, and as part of an ongoing dialogue with the American public, the Surgeon General is now putting out a Request for Information (RFI) on the Impact of Health Misinformation in the Digital Information Environment in the United States Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Daily Mile’s 10th Birthday Global Celebration
The Daily Mile is so excited for this global event in honor of the initiative’s 10th Birthday! Nearly 14,000 schools worldwide are taking part in doing The Daily Mile. This means that over 3 million children experience the initiative’s physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits. On Thursday, April 28, 2022, The Daily Mile welcomes every school, daycare, & homeschool to celebrate the program’s 10th Birthday by doing The Daily Mile on the same day.

Facts About CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network is the only collaborative network to track the number and characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in multiple communities in the United States. CDC encourages partners to use information from ADDM in their local communities and across the country to move forward with initiatives, policies, and research that help children and families living with ASD.

Tools for Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Children and Youth
While fewer children and youth have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted their lives. Though typically resilient to everyday stressors, children and youth are dealing with new challenges due to COVID-19, like social distancing, changes to their routines, and a lost sense of security and safety, making them especially vulnerable to feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Black and Hispanic Americans, in particular, have faced a disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases in the United States, and Black and Hispanic students were less likely to have access to online learning. Explore the tools on the National Academies website, and learn more about the cognitive behavioral therapy practices that went into them.

FORWARD TOGETHER, Recovery, Healing Hope: MHA’s 2022 Annual Conference
Join MHA’s Annual Conference: Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope, June 9-11, 2022. The hybrid format will include an in-person event in Washington, DC, and a live-streamed virtual event for remote attendees featuring over 30 in-person and live-streamed workshops, plenary sessions, and special events. Virtual events will include closed captioning in English and Spanish. With virtual and in-person registration options available, you won’t miss out on any of the live action!

Pathways to Self-Sufficiency: Career and Technical Education for Youth with Emotional Disturbances
Research shows that participation in Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework in high school provides opportunities to improve the otherwise poor employment and post-secondary outcomes of learners with emotional disturbance. The webinar will describe opportunities for engaging learners in high school CTE to help them prepare for high wage, high-skill, in-demand employment opportunities, or participation in post-secondary education. The webinar will also describe a guide designed to incorporate CTE in special education transition planning for high school students with emotional disturbance. An overview of the policy context (i.e., Perkins V legislation) that offers new opportunities for obtaining CTE among learners with disabilities will be provided, along with new research on how states have implemented these policy advances.

Full-Service Community Schools Are Critical Investments for Children and Families in Poverty
In Spring 2020, when schools abruptly closed due to COVID-19, millions of children in low-income communities lost access to free and reduced-price meals. Food insecurity and the risk of hunger subsequently increased for these children and their families. Full-service community schools (FSCSs)—schools that integrate social and health services, extended learning opportunities, family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership—were able to effectively provide many families in challenging financial circumstances with meals and other basic needs during the pandemic, illustrating why FSCSs are an important strategy to address poverty in the United States. The objectives and defining elements of FSCSs make them uniquely able to ameliorate conditions of poverty and extend educational opportunities to students who have been systematically marginalized through inadequate policies and societal neglect.

The Rise of Mental Health Scholarships
Scholarships for students struggling with anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders have proliferated in recent years, often funded by donors who lost loved ones to mental illness.

For Kids, Fear of the Dark Is Common –Here Are Ways to Help Them
Fear of the dark is common at any age. Still, the most vulnerable are kids old enough to have an active imagination but not yet old enough to distinguish that imagination from reality, says Dr. Simon Rego. Reasons for their fright differ and may change. Experts offer these tips for parents.

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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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