Friday Update 4-1-16

April 02, 2016


Friday Update 4-1-16

Greetings faithful readers. Oh my, it’s April Fools Day, so we might as well get the pranks out of the way. The spaghetti tree hoax is a famous 3-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools’ Day 1957 by the BBC current affairs programme Panorama. It told a tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the fictitious spaghetti tree, broadcast at a time when this Italian dish was not widely eaten in the UK and some Britons were unaware that spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. Hundreds of viewers phoned into the BBC, either to say the story was not true, or wondering about it, with some even asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees. Okay, enjoy the video and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Making History: Reflections on the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
CMHNetwork Advisory Council member Brigitte Manteuffel offers an enlightening review of the recent National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. The Summit brought together government leaders and people working on the ground to address the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, highlighted by the participation of President Obama.

“Hope is critical in recovery. Hope erodes with substance use disorders, for those using substances and for those around them. Yet hope and love are what motivate recovery. There is hope for getting the work done, for turning the corner of the opioid epidemic, and, for changing hearts and minds about substance use disorders as medical problems and not criminal or moral problems. Hope is in the $1.1 billion requested in the President’s 2017 budget. It is in the collaboration of leadership, the dedication of the 2,000 Summit attendees and their colleagues at home, and the voice of recovery by organizations such as Young People in Recovery represented by Justin Luke Riley on the panel with President Obama. This year’s Summit made history.”

Mothering Through the Darkness
Special thanks to Kusi Okamura, Editor, The Wild Word, for encouraging the sharing of this first-person story by a mom who is the parent of a teenager with depression.

“Parenting a teenager with depression has nearly broken me. It has cracked me open, so that I thought the pieces would never come back together. But, like the daisies and coneflowers that I hack down to the ground in preparation for spring, the places that are cut are the places where new shoots grow.”

Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices for Child Traumatic Stress: New Evidence Based Training Guidelines
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is out with its first set of “Training Guidelines” for interventions to treat child traumatic stress. The models include: Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Strengthening Family Coping Resources, and Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy. The new guidelines describe what training is recommended or required to provide, supervise, or train others in each model as well as how to communicate information about interventions to assist agencies in making decisions about their training needs.

Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood, U.S., 2011-2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study looking at health care, family, and community factors related to mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) among children aged two to eight years in the U.S. Researchers found that one out of seven children aged two to eight years were reported to have a diagnosed MBDD. Study findings highlight specific health care, family, and community factors that could be addressed through collaborative policy and programmatic efforts at national, state, and local levels.

Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups – Strengths United through Networks (RISING SUN)
NIMH posted a new web page about the RISING SUN Initiative, “Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups – Strengths United through Networks,” an effort under the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, coordinated by the Sustainable Development Working Group. RISING SUN is designed to identify a toolkit of common outcomes to be used in evaluating suicide prevention efforts to assess the key correlates associated with suicide prevention interventions across Arctic states.

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.

Senator Markey Leads Call to End the Ban on CDC Gun Violence Research
Senator Edward J. Markey and 16 other Senators urged Senate appropriators in a letter this week to dedicate funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence in the United States. A 1996 Republican appropriations rider prohibits federal funds from being used to advocate or promote gun control, which some have misconstrued as a ban on funding scientific research into the causes of gun violence. The author of the original rider, former Representative Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) now supports funding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gun violence research and has stated that the rider should not stand in the way of researching the epidemic of gun violence.

Substance use disorders extremely common among previously incarcerated youth
New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed that of previously incarcerated youths, more than 90 percent of males and nearly 80 percent of females had a substance use disorder at some point in their lifetime. The longitudinal study randomly sampled 1,829 youth and examined how lifetime and past-year prevalence of substance use disorders differed by sex, race/ethnicity, and substances abused as the group grew to young adulthood. The participants were re-interviewed up to nine times over 16 years and were assessed for substance-use disorders involving alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogen/PCP, opiate, amphetamine, inhalant, sedative, and other unspecified drugs.

Solving the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Maintaining Momentum on the Road to Scale Up
The Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health in the NIMH Office of the Director and Grand Challenges Canada will co-convene a workshop in coordination with The World Bank and World Health Organization meeting, “Out of The Shadows: Making Mental Health A Global Development Priority.” Together, the two meetings will bring together more than 200 global mental health innovators, investigators, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to discuss exciting new research findings and strategies for maintaining a worldwide spotlight on the six priority areas identified in the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative.

Youth MOVE National offering Dare to Dream micro grants
Youth MOVE National has just released Dare to Dream America. Dare to Dream is a unique funding opportunity for young people (ages 13-25) or youth groups to develop and implement youth driven projects aimed at promoting mental health awareness and well being. Successful applicants will be awarded $1000 or $2500 to implement projects that increase mental health awareness, reduce stigma associated with mental health challenges, and promote well-being.

Job Alert – Youth MOVE National is hiring!
Speaking of Youth MOVE National, are you energized by building community and working with youth advocates? Do you thrive in a team environment? Does advocacy and passion for youth issues get you jazzed? Youth M.O.V.E. National is looking for a Director of Member Services. The Director of Member Services will join the Youth M.O.V.E. National Leadership team and support the national Youth M.O.V.E. chapter network to build capacity through meaningful connections, partnerships and implementation of national program initiatives, by supporting local chapter needs by providing resources, training and coordination of technical assistance, and assisting with the expansion of chapters. Get on it, Network faithful!

A group of Democratic senators this week introduced a measure aimed at ramping up accountability and enforcement of the mental health parity law. The bill, which has been referred to the HELP Committee, is a companion measure to a House bill introduced by Rep. Joe Kennedy. – See more at:

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