Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 4-29-22

April 29, 2022

Greetings, faithful readers – Let’s start this edition by spending time with Reina del Cid singing What a Wonderful World. Yep, despite all of the chaos, it is indeed a wonderful world. Enjoy the tune and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do! Never forget that peace and love wins in the end. 

Most Important Reads of the Week

Mental Health Screenings for Youth Are Critical: Here’s How You Can Help
By Amy Kennedy, Education Director, The Kennedy Forum
In mid-April, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft recommendation stating all kids aged eight to 18 should be screened annually for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and all youth aged 12 to 18 should be screened annually for major depressive disorder (MDD). These recommendations follow a thorough analysis of evidence, and declarations within the past year from the U.S. Surgeon General and leading youth health organizations warning of a youth mental health crisis. Continue reading on the Kennedy Forum website and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts. Comments are due by May 9th, so get busy!

Finding the Right 12-Step Meeting for Young Adults
Early recovery can be a time of discomfort, so finding a 12-step meeting that you feel comfortable in is important. Though fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous have been around for several decades, people at meetings tend to be older, male, and white, making it difficult for people from other backgrounds to feel at home. This tip sheet, developed by the JEAP Initiative, provides information to help you find the right 12-step meeting if that is a path you wish to pursue.

Discriminatory Transgender Health Bills Have Critical Consequences for Youth
A new Child Trends brief describes the harm inflicted upon gender-diverse children and youth when policies deny them access to gender-affirming care and supportive environments. Gender-affirming care, which includes non-medical and medical interventions, provides developmentally appropriate support to gender-diverse children and youth. When transgender children and youth feel that their identities are supported, they experience greater life satisfaction, fewer depressive symptoms, increased feelings of safety at school, and reduced school dropout rates.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2022: Peer Support for Youth and Families
Thursday, May 5, 2022 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
SAMHSA created National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) more than a decade ago to shine a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforce the message that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. Be sure to sign up for this webinar event, where you will hear from SAMHSA leadership and youth and family advocacy voices as they discuss the state of children’s mental health in the United States.

Building Resilience in Children Through Coping Skills: How to Support Children Before, During and After They Experience an Emergency
Discussing what to expect when an emergency occurs with your child beforehand can positively impact their ability to react appropriately during an event. Doing so supports their overall resilience, which can improve their ability to recover after a stressful situation. Enjoy The American Red cross’s library of fun and engaging animated videos that help children learn how to help stay safe during a variety of emergencies and cope with any thoughts or feelings that might come up along the way. Check out the Kids Videos playlist on YouTube to view them all! All videos are available in English and Spanish.

Managing Perfectionism: A Guide for Teens
It’s hard for teens to be happy when they’ve created a very narrow window of what defines success. This excerpt from the Magination Press book “A Perfectionist’s Guide to Not Being Perfect” helps teens replace a perfectionist mindset with a more balanced approach.

High Rates of Burnout Among College Mental Health Counselors Is Compromising Quality of Care
Experts say it’s going to get worse before it gets better. College counselors and clinicians are reporting increasingly high levels of burnout and stress as the pandemic enters its third year. Just under 93 percent of clinicians on college campuses reported feeling burned out and stressed during the fall semester this year, according to a survey by Mantra Health, a digital mental health clinic geared at young adults. Caseloads aren’t expected to fall anytime soon, as overworked clinicians are leaving the field at a rate similar to that of students asking for help.

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.

Keeping Youth Engaged in School
Developing a “growth mindset” in the classroom can benefit all kids. Still, research suggests that this mindset alone may not be enough to close the academic achievement gap for those from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Campaign Toolkit
For many families, potentially traumatic events can affect a child’s health and behavior. Events like these are referred to as ACEs―Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)―and they are more common than you may think. Fortunately, we also know that safe, stable, nurturing relationships with caring adults can buffer children from some of this harm and prevent ACEs from happening in the first place. AAP has an extensive library of social media materials you can use to participate in the ‘Preventing ACE’s’ campaign.

Is Your Child a Perfectionist? Here’s How to Help
A growing body of research shows the link between perfectionist thinking and a wide range of mental health problems for children and teens. Parents can help by introducing the concept of “good enough,” says Dr. Gordon Flett.

Trauma-Informed Care: Core Mission in Child Health Systems
When children lack safe, stable, and nurturing relationships, their response to stress over time can result in lifelong physical, mental, and relational health challenges. An American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement, “Trauma-Informed Care in Child Health Systems,” and accompanying clinical report provides practical tools for pediatricians to embrace this approach when working with children, families, and communities.

The College Faculty Guide to Academic Supports for College Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions
This video series is designed 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.

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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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