Friday Update

Friday Update 10-26-18

October 26, 2018

Greetings faithful readers. Last week was a particularly horrific week in America. Make no mistake – the violent rhetoric coming from the Trump Administration is having the caustic effect that so many of us have forecast. However, I remain optimistic that reason will prevail in the end, and it will be because people from the right, the left, the middle, and those outside the mainstream will find their way back to dialogue. Since we always start Friday Update off with a musical selection, I think it most appropriate to feature 65,000 + fans at a Green Day concert singing the classic Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Allow yourself 5 minutes and 49 seconds to be embraced by this joyous crowd of people from all walks of life, as they come together in unity and song. The humanity is still there, Network faithful. Never forget that. Okay, take just under six minutes before continuing your day and recharge the humanity that exists within you. Enjoy the video, celebrate the goodness that is in you and those around you, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Tired of the Direction Our Country Is Going? Take Action and Create Your Voting Squad!
Everything is more fun with friends — and the same goes for voting. Pick at least five people in your life to help make sure they are ready to vote — whether that’s early voting, voting by mail, absentee, and even showing up to the polls on November 6. They can live in different states or right in your community; you just need to make sure you can start a group text thread and help them get ready to vote. Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, will show you how!

Running on Hate: 2018 Pre-Election Report
Trump’s candidacy, election, and presidency emboldened a new wave of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists to run for office nationwide and at all levels of government, trying to capitalize on a deeply false premise: that smearing Muslims is a successful campaign strategy. As Running on Hate will show, it is not. It is a losing strategy. This pre-election report attempts to make sense of this new wave of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists by documenting their campaigns, their messages, their wins, and their losses. It also dives deep into original public opinion research to understand the narrow sliver of the electorate these candidates hope to influence. After the November 2018 election is complete, Muslim Advocates will update this report with the results of the general election and a deeper and fuller look at the records of the longtime antiMuslim conspiracy standard bearers.

Stand up for Immigrant Families
Please take a moment to read this call to action from our colleagues at the Coalition for Human Needs.
Months ago, the Trump Administration started separating kids from their parents at the border. Thanks to action by millions like you, this terrible practice was stopped. Now under a new proposal by the Trump Administration, immigrant families seeking refuge in our country could be held indefinitely at the border for years.

Call for Proposal Deadline Extended to This Friday!
The 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health Call for Proposals Close November 2nd!
The 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will take place March 3-6, 2019 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. You know you want to be a part of the conference program, and we want you to be a part of it as well! The deadline for turning in your proposal is November 2nd, so get to writin’! 

Pre-Conference Presentations Announced for the Tampa Conference!
Exciting news! We have two pre-conference sessions scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd, that are open to all registered conference participants. Check them out and make plans to come to Tampa early and get your learnin’ on!

Empowering Communities Through Yoga, Mindfulness, and Self-Care
What happens when three friends, fresh out of college, are sitting around contemplating the meaning of life and want to help kids from the same run-down Baltimore neighborhoods where they grew up? When those three friends are Andres “Andy” Gonzalez, and brothers Ali Smith, and Atman Smith the result is the Holistic Life Foundation. Check out Melissa Sirola’s Morning Zen post on this amazing program in her continuing series on mindfulness programs for children.

Supporting Mental Health and Cultivating Strong Relationships Are Essential Elements of Healthy Schools
A new report from Child Trends finds that educators, students, and state-level policymakers across the United States view supporting mental health and cultivating interpersonal relationships as critical but overlooked elements necessary to building healthy schools. The study makes a strong case for investments in mental health and relationship-building initiatives as part of state and local efforts to improve school health.

Five Ways to Support Students Affected by Trauma
For some young people, school is the only place in their lives where they know they are safe and can form trusted enduring relationships. It is, therefore, a cruel irony that many students who are affected by trauma also have trouble engaging at school. They may attend school with the best of intentions, hoping to form friendships, feel connected to their teachers, and succeed at the day’s tasks. Yet they can find themselves defiant, demanding, and disengaged—unable to learn and confused about why they can’t relate and bond with others. What do the latest scientific findings from the fields of traumatology, neuroscience, and positive education tell us about how to best help students who are affected by trauma? In this article, the authors highlight some of the new practices that teachers can use to not only help students heal but also help them grow.

Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Irritability?
On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET, join NIMH for a webinar on irritability in children. Children pass through many phases of development as they grow up. It can be hard to know if a child is going through normal development or showing signs of something more serious. Occasional outbursts and irritability are a normal outcome of being tired, uncomfortable, or frustrated. In some children, it can be chronic and explosive. The webinar will cover common signs of severe irritability; how parents can help a child with severe irritability; what treatment options exist, such as cognitive behavioral therapy; and ongoing irritability research conducted at NIMH.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. 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 for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

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