Friday Update

Friday Update 3-23-18

March 25, 2018


Friday Update 3-23-18 (coming to you on Monday, 3-25-18)

Greetings faithful readers. The March For Our Lives rallies that took place all across the country on Saturday were so inspiring. Let’s start this edition of Friday Update with a stripped down acoustic performance by Andra Day, singing her megahit “Rise Up.” Give a listen, get inspired and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

What in the Heck Is Going on at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)? 
Oh my goodness, so much to share about the latest comings and goings at SAMHSA. Not enough hours in the day to make sense of it all for this issue. Look for an update on the intrigue in our next issue of Friday Update. 

Struggling with Grief While Building a Movement
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School seniors Emma González and David Hogg have become prominent activists for stricter gun laws. In this video, the students talked to HuffPost about the stress in fronting a nationwide movement.

Emma González Gives Stirring Speech at the March For Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC
All of the speeches given by youth at the March For Our Lives Rally were exceptional. When the final speaker, Emma González, spoke, she included a long moment of silence that hushed the crowd of thousands. Other than the occasional shout-outs of support during the moment of silence, you could hear a pin drop. In that quiet, I was reminded of what indeed makes America great – people of all walks of life who care about and for each other, coming together in unity. The other comforting reminder was that, yes, change is coming, and it is riding on the mighty wings of a most remarkable younger generation of leaders. It’s gonna be a bumpy road, but we are gonna be just fine. Watch Emma’s speech and let me know if you agree.

Santorum Rips Kids Calling for Gun Laws: They Should Take CPR Classes Instead
Watch this video clip to witness for yourself the stunning disconnect between what the young people leading this movement are asking for and the recommendations by some politicians who oppose their efforts. On a recent news show, Rick Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, and CNN political commentator said: “How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations where there is a violent shooter?” Van Jones reply is epic. Ya gotta watch it to believe it. 

Yesterday, We Parkland Students Made History, and We’re Not Going Anywhere
Leave it to a British publication to see the wisdom in turning over editorial control for one of their issues to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “The change is coming, and it begins now. We have been working relentlessly to make sure our voices get heard for the benefit of the men, women, and children that we hope to save when our hard work comes to fruition in the halls of Congress.”

Bring Sandy Hook Promise’s “Know the Signs” Programs to Your School
Take some time to watch Sandy Hook Promise’s video One “Small” Action and learn how one Promise Leader was able to bring Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the country. Guess what? You can bring the Know the Signs program to your school, so what are you waiting for? 

Early Registration for the University of Maryland Training Institutes Ends Soon!
If you are planning on attending the Training Institutes this coming July, remember to register by March 31 to take advantage of the early registration reduced fee. Learn more about the conference here, get yourself all excited, and register today!

Explaining Anxiety to People Who Don’t Have Anxiety
Sometimes it’s hard for others to understand how the mind of a person with an anxiety disorder works, so here’s a little metaphor that Sophie Carlson devised to explain what it’s like. Enjoy!

What We Didn’t Say: A Struggle — Parenting Children with Mental Illness — Is Finally Shared
Robin Herman seemingly had it all. A graduate of a prestigious university, stellar work career, and former assistant dean for research communications in the Harvard School of Public Health. Secretly included in Robin’s stellar resume was her role as mom to two children with serious mental illness. When she finally broke her silence at a college reunion, she opened the door for other alumni classmates in similar circumstances, highlighting the stark reality of commonality in any group when it comes to the chilling National Institute of Health statistic that approximately one in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness. Her riveting story is a must-read.

The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Children
This CDC report details the impact a TBI can have on children and their families. The report identifies gaps in care, outlines opportunities for action to reduce the gaps, and highlights policy strategies to address the short- and long-term consequences of a TBI. The report also highlights TBI management as children transition into adulthood, challenges in accessing pediatric specialists to ensure best care, research to support management and outcomes, and the importance of long-term monitoring of children to better understand adult outcomes and how TBIs at specific developmental periods affect post-TBI outcomes.

An Evidence-Based Strategy for Bringing Everyone Together
Anthony Biglan provides a look forward to the year 2020 and provides inspiration for how people of goodwillI can rally together, even in the darkest of times, to create stronger communities.  

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