Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 9-19-21

September 19, 2021

Greetings, Network faithful. Let’s start this edition of Friday Update with the always spectacular Reina del Cid, playing a cover of Come Back Home by the Trampled Turtles. Enjoy the amazing guitar pickin’ and soulful sounds of Reina and Toni, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Understanding the Experience of Parents of Children with Diagnosed Mental Health Disorders
Okay, Network faithful, many of you remember your graduate school days when your research required the participation of people in surveys about your research interests. Well, time to help out a fellow CMHNetwork faithful with her research. Christine Clark is a doctoral student in Georgian Court University’s Advanced Standing School Psychology PsyD. program. For her dissertation, she is researching parental grief experiences when caring for a child with a diagnosed mental illness. This study hopes to gain information on the experiences of parents who have a child with a diagnosed mental health disorder. Christine hopes that through completing this research, more targeted care and support may be provided to parents as they care for their loved ones. This is a worthy research project, so please complete the survey if you are a parent of a child with a mental health disorder or share it with those you know

The National Association for Rural Mental Health’s Virtual Conference
The National Association for Rural Mental Health’s virtual conference is approaching quickly, so register now for this great deal! Emerging from COVID-19 – Lessons Learned and Future Directions for Rural Mental Health will take place on Wednesdays in October with relevant topics specific to rural mental health. And – the conference registration fee includes a one-year individual level membership for new and returning individual level members! There are also reasonable sponsorship opportunities to get your organization’s name out there. 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.

Parent Peer Support Community of Practice (PPSCoP)
Whether you are called a Parent Peer Support Provider, Family Support Specialist, Family Peer Specialist, Parent Peer Navigator, or a Parent Partner; or work for a family-run organization, a mental health center, or a system partner. If you are using your lived experience as the primary caregiver of a child, youth, or young adult with behavioral health needs to support other families, the Parent Peer Support Community of Practice (PPSCoP) is for YOU! Due to popular demand for the PPS CoP, we’re offering a second cohort! Sessions will begin on January 26, 2022, and continue monthly at 2 pm EST on the fourth Wednesday of each month through October 26, 2022 (except June 2022). Check it out!

Federation of Families Conference Right Around the Corner!
Join the National Federation of Families for their virtual conference in November! Theirs is the only national conference dedicated solely to supporting families whose children – of any age – experience mental health and or substance use challenges during their lifetime. Mental health and substance use prevention professionals and advocates, policymakers, support professionals, the family peer support workforce, parents, and family members are all encouraged to attend. See the terrific lineup of workshops and register using the links below.

The Daily Mile Promotes Social Emotional Learning
Children who participate in SEL activities like The Daily Mile are a better fit for life. The Daily Mile can easily be part of your SEL curriculum. Physical activity promotes self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. It is 100% free for your school family. Forever.

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!

TAPP: Teachers and Parents as Partners
Studies find that parental involvement in a child’s education can lead to more learning, higher test scores, graduation rates, and more opportunities to pursue higher education. Susan Sheridan, PhD, from the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, studied the effects of the program TAPP, or Teachers and Parents as Partners. The study found that students whose parents participated in the program had better academic skills, were better able to stay on task in school, and get along better with their peers.

The Garth N. Graham Distinguished Lectureship
October 8, 2021 ~Noon – 1:30 EST
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (SHLI), The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC), and YouTube announced the Inaugural Garth N. Graham Distinguished Lectureship Award. This event will feature a Ted-Talk style presentation from Dr. David R. Williams, as he discusses his pathway toward becoming the Health Equity Champion he is today, followed by Garth’s Table Talk featuring SHLI’s Executive Director, Daniel E. Dawes, J.D. moderating the interview with both Dr. Garth N. Graham and Dr. David R. Williams, regarding the ever-changing health equity landscape in these challenging and unprecedented times.

Hopeful Mindsets on the College Campus
Hopeful Minds just announced the launch of a new course for college students, educators, parents, and more: Hopeful Mindsets on the College Campus. The curriculum authors spent the last few months interviewing the top hope, happiness, and mental health experts to create a 10 lesson course that provides the hope skills you can use to overcome challenges both in college and beyond. The course is available to anyone for a donation of $11 to iFred (scholarships are also available). 

Journal Article Recommends Policies to Mitigate Effects of Pandemic on Children’s Behavioral Health
Props to Jason Lang from CHDI for being a part of this important work!
The pandemic exacerbated mental health issues among youth and disproportionately harmed families of color. An article in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Equity-Focused, Trauma-Informed Policy Can Mitigate COVID-19’s Risks to Children’s Behavioral Health,” provides policy recommendations for supporting children’s behavioral health and mitigating the confounding effects of trauma, the pandemic, and health inequities. CHDI’s Jason Lang, PhD, co-authored the article with Robey B. Champine, PhD, MS, MPH, and Anusha Mamidipaka, Michigan State University.

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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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