Friday Update

Friday Update 6-19-20

June 19, 2020

Hey Network faithful, let’s start  with a special shout out to fathers, especially my old man, 95 years young and still walking the trails of Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, California. If you see him this weekend, be sure to say hello for me! Enjoy Reina del Cid singing the Bob Dylan classic, Make You Feel My Love, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Sign the Petition – Keep the U.S. in the WHO
As you know, President Trump has announced a freeze on the payment of U.S. dues to the World Health Organization, and announced the termination of U.S. relationships from the organization. Withdrawing from the WHO is a dreadful and self-defeating idea — and it is not the President’s unilateral decision to make. We believe Congress can and should step in and ensure that the U.S. continues to be an active, contributing member of the WHO and the world health community. We are asking experts in international law and public health to join a letter to the committees in Congress overseeing foreign relations. The letter explains why President Trump’s move is such a disastrous one, and urges the committees to begin the process of reversing it by holding hearings right away, as well as taking other measures.

The Optimistic Advocate – Interview with Kathryn Goetzke on Teaching Hope to Overcome Depression
The latest issue of my podcast, The Optimistic Advocate, is out, and it is filled with hope! I had the pleasure of interviewing Kathryn Goetzke, entrepreneur, strategic consultant and global depression advocate. She is the entrepreneur and innovator behind the Mood Factory and Hopeful Minds, a program that iFred, the nonprofit organization she founded, developed to teach Hope to kids based on research showing that hope it is a teachable skill. As hopelessness is the primary predictor of suicide and #1 symptom of depression, learning how to create, maintain, and grow a hopeful mindset is critical to prevention of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Block out 30 minutes to fully enjoy this podcast, and be sure to leave us a review and subscribe!

The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations. The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls.

Global Implementation Research and Applications (New Journal) Seeks Submissions
Implementation research and practice shape quality improvement and change efforts across the globe in differing disciplines and settings. Until now, there has not been a journal that provides participants in these endeavors the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and perspectives. Global Implementation Research and Applications, the official journal of the Global Implementation Society, provides consumers and stakeholders, practitioners and policy makers, administrators and supervisors, as well as researchers from any discipline, setting or endeavor the means to do so. The Journal is accepting manuscripts for publication in the journal’s inaugural editions in the spring and summer of 2021. This looks like a great opportunity, Network faithful!

NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar: Supporting the Emotional Needs of Youth During COVID-19
In this webinar, Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist, will provide an overview of the kinds of emotional reactions we can expect from children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also covered will be recommendations for how parents, teachers, and other caregivers can provide emotional support and reassurance to help navigate this societal crisis.

Using Telehealth to Meet Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Crisis
With record unemployment and increased social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for mental health services is high. Researchers describe the barriers that have held back adoption of tele-mental health in the past, and how supporting it post-pandemic “is essential to ensure that the progress made in the accessibility of mental health services is not lost.”

Race, Identity and Kids’ Conversations
Another great post from ChildTrends!
It’s one tough subject that parents may be shying away from, and it’s not the birds and the bees. A new study by the researchers at Sesame Street indicates that most parents may not be having a conversation about race, class, or ethnicity with their kids—the factors that make up their social identities. A study by researchers at Sesame Street finds that 60 percent of parents rarely discuss race, ethnicity, or social class with their children—all factors that make up social identities. Research suggests parents should look for events and opportunities to celebrate their child’s heritage, color, religious beliefs, and family makeup and look for opportunities to discuss and embrace differences.

PracticeWise Offers Free Stockpile of Evidence-Informed Mental Health Resources to Help Professionals Serving Children and Families Thrive During the COVID-19 Pandemic
PracticeWise, a behavioral health company that partners with organizations and agencies to help kids improve their mental health, has made a collection of free resources available to support frontline mental health providers, educators, and families helping children and adolescents overcome the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools, colleges, and mental health agencies shifted to online environments in response to the crisis, PracticeWise intensified its efforts to disseminate decades of evidence-based mental health research and resources to frontline workers, educators, and families. These free resources include on-demand courses and videos, webinars, and roundtable discussions.

Note: You do not need to create an account to receive the resources. Thanks for doing this, PracticeWise!

  • Read the press release here.
  • Go directly to the free resource page here.

The Nation’s Racial Justice Protests Are a Pivotal Moment for Millennials and Gen Z
“The nation’s children and grandchildren are on the frontlines in a fight for long-overdue change in racial justice.” William Frey explains why the recent activism of America’s young, diverse millennial and Gen Z generations is a pivotal moment not only for them but for the country as a whole.

Taking on the “Perfect Storm”: Faith-based Organizations and Partnerships Address Critical Behavioral Health Needs in Communities of Color
Webinar sponsored by our colleagues at the NNED
Thursday, July 16, 2020   |   3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This July, communities are facing the “perfect storm” of crises that are deepening the disparities in mental health and wellbeing. The current COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, behavioral health crisis, and the civil unrest stemming from recent incidents of police brutality has impacted all of America, but disproportionately affects communities of color.

Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series: Trauma-Informed Care
The Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series provides real-time education to support pediatricians caring for children and youth with mental health disorders.  In the second video, Heather Forkey, MD, FAAP shares Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is defined by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as medical care in which all parties involved assess, recognize, and respond to the effects of traumatic experiences on children, caregivers, and healthcare providers. The 18-minute video provides scope of TIC in pediatric practice and includes teaching points and links to more information for pediatricians and families.

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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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