Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 6-4-21

June 04, 2021

Greetings, faithful readers. I’m feeling inspired by the amazing group, Ladaniva, and want to share their talents with you. Ladaniva was founded in 2019 by the Armenian singer Jacqueline Baghdasaryan, and Louis Thomas, a french multi-instrumentalist. Enjoy their rendition of Ederlezi,  a traditional folk song of the Romani people in the Balkans. Spend a reflective moment cherishing those you love (you won’t be able to help yourself after you hear the song), and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

The Daily Mile – Interview with Bill Russell
Enjoy this delightful interview with Bill Russell, Director of The Daily Mile, USA, on the Optimistic Advocate Podcast. The Daily Mile is a worldwide phenomenon with over 3 million elementary-age students participating. What is this phenomenon? Well, ya gotta listen to the podcast to find out, but here is a clue – it only takes 15 minutes a day, involves no extra paperwork for teachers, is 100% free, and is scientifically proven to improve mood and physical fitness. Oh man, give a listen and then bring The Daily Mile to your community!

Nearly Half of LGBTQ+ Youth Report Suicidal Thoughts During the Pandemic, Study Says
More than 80% of youth in the survey said that the pandemic had exacerbated the stress of their living situations, and 70% described their mental health as “poor” all or most of the time. That number shot up to 85% for transgender and nonbinary kids. Three-quarters of the youth surveyed said they had personally experienced discrimination. The third annual report from the Trevor Project, which runs a suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth, tracks the mental health of queer youth ages 13 to 24.

AAP Recruiting Primary Care Practices to Address Prenatal Opioid Exposure
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recruiting up to 20 primary care practices to join a 6-month learning collaborative to implement clinical interventions to improve the health outcomes of families affected by prenatal opioid exposure. Pediatric practices interested in developing sustainable patient- and family-centered approaches to engagement, referral to treatment, and recovery of the mother-infant dyad are encouraged to apply. Practices will engage in the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) modelTM, a telementoring platform that leverages video conference technology to connect experts with primary care teams in local communities, fostering an “all teach, all learn” approach. Apply online by June 18, 2021.

Be a Better Parent – Interview with Dr. Bob Franks
In this episode of the Optimistic Advocate podcast, Dr. Bob Franks talks about his new book, Be a Better Parent – 10 Strategies for Being the Best You Can Be for Your Child. Dr. Franks shares some of his personal experience and family life, which inspired the writing of this powerful book. Such an uplifting conversation!

How a Digital Detox Could Improve Your Child’s Behavior Problems
You can’t avoid screens in today’s world. There are TVs in waiting rooms, tablets in schools, and smartphones in most people’s pockets. As technology continues to emerge and screens have become integrated into everyday life, some families have had trouble deciding how much time to allow kids to play on their electronics.

Oregon School Districts, Nonprofits Work to Re-Engage, Empower Youth Who Are Homeless
Props to Youth Era for being featured prominently in this article that focuses on how Oregon school districts and nonprofits are working to engage homeless youth. As usual, Youth Era is leading the way!

Conversations on Race: Do You See Color?
In this episode of the Optimistic Advocate podcast, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler and Ryon Coote have a conversation on the concept of “I don’t see color.” This is the third in the three-part series – Conversations on Race. We look forward to hearing more from these two progressive advocates as they launch their podcast to continue the conversation. Stay tuned for details!

Examining the ‘Service Cliff’ for Youth With Autism and Their Family Caregivers
During the next 10 years, an estimated half-million individuals in the U.S. with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are expected to transition from adolescence to adulthood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means thousands of these young adults will likely fall into a widening and potentially devastating gap in a variety of services—because they’re too old for high school, but may not qualify for Medicaid-funded services, social work researchers at Case Western Reserve University predict in a new study.

Health Equity Tracker to Study Health Inequities
On May 26th, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (SHLI), with support from Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD),, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the CDC Foundation, announced the launch of the Health Equity Tracker, a comprehensive data platform that can highlight and address the impact of COVID-19 and other diseases on the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other vulnerable and marginalized communities. The Health Equity Tracker is the premiere Health Equity-focused data visualization solution, capable of tracking multiple conditions and determinants that have impacted COVID-19 outcomes and exacerbated health inequities. Built as a forward-looking, scalable platform, the Health Equity Tracker can ingest multiple data sets ranging from social and political determinants of health, demographics, and other variables – resulting in a novel, comparative approach to assessing and conceptualizing health inequities.

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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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