Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 8-20-21

August 20, 2021

Hey Network faithful, my heart is heavy with the news of the passing of Nanci Griffith, a folk legend with a voice anointed by angels. Do your heart some good and start off this fine day listening to Nanci sing one of her many beautiful songs, Love at the Five and Dime. Take a moment to celebrate all that is beautiful in this life, and then get to readin’, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Avni Godse – Advocate for Inclusion
Be sure to listen to my delightful podcast interview with Avni Godse, a 14-year old entrepreneur, and advocate for the rights of individuals with mental or physical challenges. Enjoy the interview! If Avni represents the young advocates coming up, then I would say we are in good hands.

Youth MOVE National Rave Rockstar Awards 2021
Since 2011, Youth MOVE National has presented the Rockstar Awards to youth advocates, advocates for youth, and organizations that have made great strides in improving the lives of youth and youth-serving systems. Youth MOVE will be hosting their 2nd RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition) this coming November to honor the important work that youth, young adults, supportive adult partners, and organizations are doing to better youth-serving systems. Nominations for the 2021 awards are now live! If you know a youth, young adult, or professional who has shown outstanding contributions towards improving youth-serving systems, please consider nominating for RAVE 2021! Self-nomination is acceptable and encouraged.

Satcher Health Institute Offering Lunch and Learn Series!
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have partnered to provide a bi-monthly lunch and learn series for legislators, policymakers, institutional leaders, and community advocates. This series will focus on addressing civic engagement, climate change policies, community mobilization, water quality, carbon emissions, energy and power conservation, and climate change effects on vulnerable communities through a policy and health equity lens.

Rebuilding After COVID: A New Professional Development Program from High 5 Adventure Learning Center
Informed by the evidence of how children and adults recover from trauma and drawing from the High 5 team’s 35 years of work in experiential education and social-emotional learning, Rebuilding After COVID offers educators tools to help students overcome the impact of the pandemic and re-engage with learning. This program is aligned with the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework and complements other SEL curricula.

Transitioning Back to School: Tips for Parents
As children transition back to school, this video discusses tips for parents around: resetting the routine and having conversations about the change. For more practical parenting strategies, visit the Center for Child Counseling.

Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in Adolescents: A Systematic Review
Due to the lack of sufficient data on the psychological toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health, this systematic analysis aims to evaluate the impact of the pandemic on adolescent mental health.

Findings from Interviews with Florida and Massachusetts Youth Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Stakeholders
Celebrate CMHNetwork Intern Katelind Halldorsson Melendez and her findings from stakeholder interviews with racial equity and justice stakeholders. Great job, Katelind!
The prevalence of youth with mental health problems in the justice system is overwhelming, especially when taking into consideration racial disparities in both mental health treatment and juvenile justice system involvement. Katelind interviewed five key stakeholders working in juvenile justice and children’s mental health to assess their perceptions of persistent gaps in the service system for justice-involved youth with mental health problems.

Tell the Government We Need to Strengthen Our Healthcare System
From our colleagues at the National Health Law Program
Millions of individuals and families across the country rely on Medicaid for access to quality healthcare designed to work for everyday people. The Federal government and each state jointly run Medicaid, and states can request permission to change how they run their Medicaid programs. These changes often make Medicaid better, but sometimes the requests negatively impact access and services.

Emerging from COVID-19 – Lessons Learned and Future Directions for Rural Mental Health
46th Annual National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference
The pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of people in this country. With the resurgence of the COVID, it is as important as ever to discuss the impact of the pandemic on rural mental health, share lessons learned, and consider rural mental health services and systems moving forward. Register today!

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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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