Friday Update

Friday Update 3-7-20

March 07, 2020

Greetings, faithful readers. Oh man, I am not sure what it is, but I am feelin’ the need for some Prince to start things off. So how about Purple Rain? Here’s a twist – let’s watch and listen to Miche Braden and PostModern Jukebox do their version – a great tribute to Prince. Enjoy the rain, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Tampa Conference is Just Around the Corner! Coronavirus Update!
We are following state of Florida policy guidelines with respect to the Coronavirus. At this point, we are moving forward with the conference as planned. As you know, the current situation is very fluid. Should guidance from Florida state officials change, we will notify participants immediately. Stay up to date on developments on the state of Florida website and the USF website.

2020 MQ Fellows Awards for Early Career Researchers Announced
MQ: Transforming Mental Health is fielding an unprecedented call for applications from early-career researchers working in the field of children and young people’s mental health. The 2020 MQ Fellows awards will build on the charity’s previous investments in young people’s mental health – and seeks to enlarge the pool of talented researchers working to improve outcomes for children and young people aged 0-24 years old. MQ Fellows can be hosted anywhere in the world, working in any field, so long as it is related to mental health. This looks like a great opportunity!

Black LGBTQ Youth, Despite High Levels of Mental Health Issues, Receive Less Professional Care, Study Says
Black LGBTQ youth are less likely to receive mental health care than the general LGBTQ youth population despite reporting similar rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a recent study. The intersection of two identities — LGBTQ and black — makes these young people both more at risk of developing mental health problems and less likely to have access to adequate care, according to the study. The finding, published in a brief released last week, is based on data from the inaugural National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, conducted last year by the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ youth advocacy organization. It is the most extensive study on LGBTQ youth mental health ever conducted, with over 34,000 LGBTQ youth surveyed.

Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm in Young People
In this blog for researchers, Dr. Katrina Witt, who works in a new cross-cutting role for Cochrane Common Mental Disorders as a joint Senior Editor for both the Suicide and Self-Harm Satellite and Children & Young People’s Satellite of CCMD highlights the need to have a ‘youth lens’ in this field, with input from Professor Ann John and Associate Professor Sarah Hetrick who lead these satellites respectively. This blog is one of a series on Evidently Cochrane, #YoungMindsMatter.

How to be Kinder to Yourself
People who have greater levels of self-compassion tend to be more motivated, less lazy, and more successful over time. But just as important, they like themselves, even when they fall short. Psychologist Susan David explains how you can cultivate this quality.

What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work
What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work offers parents an effective, step-by-step guide to some of the most common struggles for kids aged 5–12. Written by mental health professionals with over 30 years’ experience listening to kids’ thoughts and feelings, this book provides a framework to explore new ways of responding to your child that will help them calm down faster and boost their resilience to stress. Five Network stars for this one!

Building Blocks for Learning. A Framework for Comprehensive Student Development
Turnaround for Children’s Building Blocks for Learning is a framework for the development of skills children need for success in school and beyond. Each element represents a set of evidence-based skills and mindsets that have been proven by research to correlate strongly to and even predict academic achievement. The framework draws from research in multiple fields to suggest movement from lower-order to higher-order skills. Overall, it provides a rigorous perspective on what it means to intentionally teach the whole child – to develop the social, emotional, motivational, and cognitive skills in every learner.

Four Strategies to Help Policymakers Access and Use High-Quality Research
To yield the greatest benefit to children and families, policymakers need access to high-quality information that is grounded in research and practical experience. A new brief details four strategies for sharing research with this critical audience. Great read from Child Trends!

Partnering with Families & Other Natural Supports on Individualized Service Plans (ISPs)
This Tip Sheet was developed by Transitions ACR in partnership with the Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health. It was created for service providers working with Youth and Young Adults and provides tips for working most effectively with young adults and their families. But, the Transitions ACR mod squad thought the contents of the Tip Sheet might be beneficial for family members also. The idea of creating the five-layer circle can help anyone gain a clearer picture of their support systems and act as a reminder of who is on their “team.” Be sure to check out their Tip Sheet Library for dozens of other Tip Sheets designed to support young adults living with mental health conditions, their families, and service providers.

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About the Author

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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