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Friday Update 7-12-13

July 12, 2013


Friday Update 7-12-13

Greetings faithful readers. This is a great week to be reminded of the beauty of America and our democratic process. Yes there are warts, bruises and things can get down right ugly at times, but overall, it’s about the best thing around. So let’s start off with one of the most soulful renditions of a song that speaks to the beauty of America by the great Ray Charles. Okay, now that you are all patriotic for your country of choice (we welcome new Network faithful in Egypt this week!), get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Moral Monday – Why I choose non-violent civil disobedience 
Many Network faithful have been writing in to ask, “What the heck is going on in North Carolina?” It’s hard not to watch the news or read the paper without running across an update on Moral Monday. Led by the NC NAACP, the series of ongoing, nonviolent protests at the NC General Assembly every Monday since April 29 (not including Memorial Day) is known as Moral Monday. The protests are meant to demonstrate a push back against an “extreme” agenda that “includes cuts to education, social programs and unemployment benefits; rejecting Medicaid expansion; new restrictions on voting and labor rights; and restarting the death penalty.” These cuts will have a direct impact on NC children and families with mental health needs. It is not a political issue, it is indeed a moral issue. There are many roles available for each of us who want to help protect our children and families. For me, I will continue to actively protest and engage in public acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

Executive directors of family-run organizations form dynamic new national organization 
Executive directors of successful family-run organizations announce they have formed a new national organization focused on children’s mental health. FREDLA, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association, is organized by seasoned and experienced Executive Directors with many years of expertise in running family organizations in cities and states across America. The Children’s Mental Health Network welcomes you!

The neuroscience of leadership in systems of care: transforming the way we lead systems change with insights from brain science 
Guest Morning Zen contributor and Network faithful Laurie Ellington of Zero Point LeadershipTM offers a unique and forward-thinking look at the relationship between neuroscience and leadership in systems of care. Give yourself some quiet time to read this one so it can soak in.

Beat Making Lab creates positive social impact 
Beat Making Lab is an electronic music studio small enough to fit in a backpack. This innovative curriculum, founded at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaches open source music production and entrepreneurship. The creators of Beat Lab build labs in collaboration with communities all around the world; donating laptops, microphones and software. Their goal is to create positive social impact by giving youth the tools and training to make beats and songs. This is a great example of partnering the power of music with the creativity of youth!

The importance of addressing weight-based bullying with pediatric patients  
Join the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance for a discussion about weight-based bullying. Don’t miss the opportunity to dialog with an expert panel on this important and timely topic.

Bipolar support for families 
Another great webinar from our friends at the International Bipolar Foundation. Presenter Blake LeVine is a life coach dedicated to helping improve the mental health of those he works with. Blake is a survivor of bipolar disorder and has been healthy for over 17 years. His story is simply amazing. Check it out!

Epilepsy Foundation launches Asian American outreach campaign 
An estimated 1.5 percent of Asian Americans live with epilepsy today and one in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. More people live with epilepsy than with autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy–combined. To raise awareness about epilepsy in Asian American communities and to reduce fear and misunderstanding, the Epilepsy Foundation is kicking off a national “26 Days of Epilepsy Awareness and Action” public information campaign.

Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20 
Special thanks to one of our Network millennial rock stars for sharing this wonderful Ted Talk with us. In her psychology practice, and her book The Defining Decade, clinical psychologist Meg Jay suggests that many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation about what Time magazine calls the “Me Me Me Generation.” The rhetoric that “30 is the new 20,” she suggests, trivializes what is actually the most transformative period of our adult lives.

New NASHP toolbox: advancing children’s coverage through health reform implementation 
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has come out with a new toolbox, prepared in conjunction with a recent NASHP report, that is designed to be a one-stop shop of resources and tools relevant to states as they work to maintain and advance children’s coverage.

Siri responds to suicidal comments
Apple has programmed Siri, the voice response feature in I-phones, to respond to suicidal comments with an offer to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number. Excellent!

Webinar: Improving suicide prevention for the military and their families
This webinar will provide an overview of the risk factors of suicide associated with service members, veterans, and their families. Resources and strategies to help those in crisis will be discussed.

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools 
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools was funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help high schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among their students. 

Not to be missed

July 31 deadline to apply for funding to help close the gap in health care disparities

Time to saddle up and head on over to San Antonio for the TNOYS conference

Families of youth with substance use disorders: The emerging voice


We received a special request this week to post trauma focused resources. Special thanks to one of our favorite Network faithful Paul Savery for offering up a few for Network Nation to review. Thanks Paul!

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