Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 5-14-21

May 14, 2021

Greetings, Network faithful. Oh man, I just love it when y’all share your music with me! Many thanks to ‘Albuquerque’ for introducing me to Durand Jones & The Indications. A talented group of youngin’s paying homage to 60’s R&B, with a heavy dose of soul. Oh man, put your shades on, and groove on to Durand Jones & The Indications singing Is It Any Wonder? And then carry that vibe with you so you can get busy, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Enough Already! Stop Raising Awareness and Do Something
This past week was designated Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, as have all first full weeks in May for more than two decades. Across the nation, there were articles, proclamations, promotions, and events. Thousands upon thousands of person-hours were spent in planning for these activities. Is it worth it? This article is a must-read from Hugh Davis, Executive Director, Wisconsin Family Ties.

Conversations About Race: Understanding Privilege
In this second episode of our three-part series on conversations about race, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler and Ryon Coote have a dialogue about privilege. These two advocates share the importance of the profound meaning of privilege coming from their perspectives and how privilege impacts how we communicate with each other and society as a whole. Julie and Ryon are hopeful that by listening to this conversation, people can glean something helpful and apply it in their own lives with the people around them. If you missed the first episode, you can listen to it here.

How to Address the Growing Behavioral Health Concerns Among Children, Adolescents, and Families
Date/Time: May 20, 2021, 1PM – 2PM CT
In this webinar, physician experts will share how they identify behavioral health needs within their patient population and use behavioral health integration (BHI) to provide comprehensive, whole-person care to children, adolescents, and families within the practice setting. Experts will provide case-study-like explanations of how they identify the need, assess practice readiness to address the need, train staff, and scale care delivery for positive patient outcomes. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to engage directly with the experts via a live Q&A session at the end of the presentation. This webinar is offered as part of the BHI Collaborative Overcoming Obstacles webinar series  to deliver insights and expert perspectives on actions and interventions that drive proactive change. 

Friday, May 21st, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. (ET) – webinar

How do we use the public health lessons learned in 2020 to improve health for all? The COVID-19 pandemic placed a spotlight on the shocking health disparities American communities of color have endured for decades and underscored the need for change. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mortality rates linked to COVID-19 for Native Americans, Latinos, and Black Americans are approximately double those of White Americans. As the nation recovers, health experts are taking a close look at addressing the health inequities that contributed to this situation and ensuring that it does not happen again.

Parenting Interventions to Promote Early Child Development in the First Three Years of Life: A Global Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Parents are the primary caregivers of young children. Responsive parent-child relationships and parental support for learning during the earliest years of life are crucial for promoting early child development (ECD). The authors conducted a global systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of parenting interventions on ECD and parenting outcomes.

Thought-Changing  – Virtual Field Trip for Junior Students
Check out another great Virtual Field Trip by School Mental Health Ontario. I just love the work they do! This month’s stress management and coping virtual field trip focus on thought-changing strategies. These strategies help us consider the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and actions and constructively reframe negative, automatic thoughts and feelings that can sometimes overwhelm us. Go to the Student Mental Health Action Kit to access more lesson plans. Awesome stuff!

New Analysis Highlights How Systemic Racism and the Pandemic Have Impacted Young Children’s Well-Being
For Zero to Three’s State of Babies report, Child Trends experts compiled and examined more than 60 policies and indicators related to infant and toddler well-being. Whenever possible, researchers disaggregated the data by race and ethnicity and examined indicators both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis highlights systemic inequities that families of color faced before the pandemic, as well as those they began to face after its onset. This analysis points to the need for bold national policies that give every child the resources necessary to thrive.

Interview with Kathryn Goetzke on Teaching Hope to Overcome Depression
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kathryn Goetzke, entrepreneur, strategic consultant, and global depression advocate. She is the entrepreneur and innovator behind the Mood Factory and Hopeful Minds, a program that iFred, the nonprofit organization she founded, developed to teach hope to kids based on research showing that hope is a teachable skill. As hopelessness is the primary predictor of suicide and the #1 symptom of depression, learning how to create, maintain, and grow a hopeful mindset is critical to preventing anxiety, depression, and suicide.

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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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