Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 9-16-22

September 16, 2022

Greetings, Network faithful. Lucas Imbiriba is a Brazilian guitarist and songwriter well known for his unique arrangements of popular songs for solo guitar. Hold on to your hat and enjoy the ride as Lucas covers Malagueña. And then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

This Is My Brave
This is My Brave is a national organization that believes that storytelling saves lives and that telling your story is healing. This is My Brave -The Show in Broward County is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. They have 12 brave Individuals taking the stage to tell their stories of resiliency, including a survivor of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas school shooting and a youtube influencer broadcasting her poem from the show. Many local mental health providers are using this opportunity to talk to youth about mental health, and parents are being encouraged to bring their children to open the conversation and fight stigma. Note: This is an onsite event. For more information or to learn how to support this fantastic project, click here.

Playing Outside: Why It’s Important for Kids
No matter what the weather brings, playing outside is good for kids. There is scientific evidence that playing outside improves health, and children of all ages love it. Even with COVID-19 safety requirements, outdoor time and nature exploration are safe for most kids. Furthermore, we know that the more time a child spends in nature, the more likely they will grow up to be good stewards of our planet⁠—an environmental win!

MQ Mental Health Science Festival
From October 24-28th 2022, MQ Mental Health Research will be hosting the eighth annual Mental Health Science Festival (MHSF), once again supported by Wellcome. The MHSF is one of the largest international scientific meetings dedicated to mental health science, bringing together experts from around the globe to tackle the biggest challenges in mental health. This year, thanks to the support of Wellcome, tickets are FREE!

How to Ease the Transition to College When Mental Health Is a Concern
The change is stressful for most students. Those with concerns should tap into resources before they even set foot on campus. MHA’s Kelly Davis, associate vice president of peer and youth advocacy, joins other experts in offering tips for youth as they head to campus this fall.

Check Out the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (Transitions ACR) Website
Okay, I gotta tell you, I am loving the look of the Transitions ACR website. Clean, accessible, and easy-to-access great information. Keep pushin’! Nicely done, guys.

Building the Machine to Make Sure It Gets Done: Youth Catalytics Interview With Sixto Cancel
Sixto Cancel is the founder and CEO of Think of Us and the Center for Lived Experience. He grew up in and aged out of the child welfare system and now works to transform foster care and child welfare nationally. Sixto spoke with Youth Catalytics’ Mindi Wisman about his organizations’ experiences during the pandemic, his goals for the future of foster care, and the importance of lived experience.

Family Members’ Perspectives on Telehealth for Wraparound
In January of 2022, the National Wraparound Initiative produced a report on a survey of Wraparound staff members’ experiences with telehealth during the pandemic. The introduction of that report reviewed relevant research on the effectiveness of telehealth versus in-person visits for delivering mental health services for children, youth, and families. On the survey, Wraparound staff were generally very positive about their experiences with telehealth and optimistic that telehealth can be integrated into ongoing Wraparound with positive results. Overall, existing research suggests telehealth is a valuable and beneficial option for providing services and supports similar to those typically part of Wraparound.

Shapeshifters: Changing the Mental Health Story
Vanderbilt Health’s DNA: Discoveries in Action podcast launched its third season with the release of “Shapeshifters: Changing the Mental Health Story. During this episode, Vanderbilt Health experts examine the cultural elements and stigma around mental health and the mental health industry and why the system needs an urgent makeover. This is the first in a 4-part exploration on the topic.

Policy Strategies to Support Children’s Development, Health, and Wellbeing
Tuesday, October 4th, 2:30-4:00 EST
For this virtual briefing, the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) and the FRONTIER program at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at UNC-Chapel Hill will convene internationally recognized experts on child neurobiology. These experts will present their findings on the essential role of economic support for young families in promoting healthy child development.

Children’s Transitions to Kindergarten May Benefit from Effective Coordination Across Early Childhood and K-12 Systems
The start of kindergarten is a major milestone for young children and their families. Child Trends’ new blog summarizes a report from the Understanding Children’s Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten (HS2K) Project—funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation—on how early childhood and K-12 systems can support children’s successful transitions to kindergarten. The report and blog highlight how early childhood and K-12 leaders can improve kindergarten transition experiences by designing transition policies, professional supports, and coordinated practices within and across the two systems.

What Is Congress Doing to Advance Behavioral Health Reform?
Amid a mental health and substance use crisis exacerbated by the pandemic and increasing gun violence, Congress is taking steps toward bolstering behavioral health care. Josh LaRosa of the Wynne Health Group and Rachel Nuzum of the Commonwealth Fund provide an overview of recent legislative activity, including the passage of the first U.S. gun safety law in more than 30 years, which includes pediatric mental health grants, investments in suicide prevention, and other behavioral health measures.

A Hidden Epidemic of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Stress and alcohol use often go hand in hand, a concerning pattern on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers have found that alcohol use increased sharply during the pandemic, and there is some evidence that those patterns were present among pregnant women as well, said Ira Chasnoff, MD, a pediatrician and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) researcher at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Experts worry that the trend could result in more babies being born with damage from prenatal alcohol exposure.

Creativity Isn’t Something Children Are Born With, It’s Something Parents Can Teach
“Creativity is the ability to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives or possibilities for solving problems, communicating or entertaining,” says Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., a Manhattan-based clinical psychologist who helps patients achieve mental health and well-being through creativity. Since creativity builds up over time, there isn’t just one way a parent can flip a kid’s switch from “not creative” to “creative.” Still, there are things families can do to help build creativity little by little.

The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programs
announces the opening of applications for its post-doctoral fellowship programs.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and have completed all clinical training in psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, or developmental pediatrics. Please visit the Klingenstein Philanthropies website for further details. Applications are due January 10, 2023.

Back to School Toolkit
This year, Mental Health America Recognizes with their 2022 Back to School Toolkit that our youth are having “All the Feels” as they enter the new school year. These resources look at the issues young people face that impact their mental health and offer tips on how to deal with these issues and the resulting emotions. The MHA toolkit can also help parents and school personnel better understand the issues, such as the effects of social media on youth mental health and how to be supportive.

Youth Mental Health Is in Crisis. Are Schools Doing Enough?
The pandemic magnified the fragility of mental health among American youth, who had been experiencing a rise in depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts for years, experts say. A recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 44% of high school students said they experienced “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” during the pandemic, with girls and LGBTQ youth reporting the highest levels of poor mental health and suicide attempts. If a silver lining exists, the pandemic raised awareness of the crisis and helped de-stigmatize talking about mental health, while also bringing attention to schools’ shortcomings in handling it.

Tips for Raising Generous Children
Parents play a big role in helping kids develop generosity through encouragement and example. Here are some guiding principles to keep in mind for raising generous kids.

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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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