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Friday Update 7-17-15

July 16, 2015


Friday Update 7-17-15

Greetings faithful readers. We were blessed to be joined at the CMHNetwork compound this past week by new members of Network Nation from Bogota, Colombia. What joy they brought into our lives! In honor of their visit, let’s start off this issue with Colombia’s heartthrob Carlos Vives. Oh my, he does give me the vapors… Turn up the speakers, loosen those hips, groove to the music of VIVES, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Coming next week – More updates on H.R. 2646

  • Representative Murphy’s 5 minute House floor speech on H.R. 2646 – Our thoughts for how he can improve his message.
  • H.R. 2646 designed to “fire” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde – But is it the right thing to do?
  • Analyzing editorial support for H.R. 2646 – The questions advocates on all sides of the issue need to ask.

Mental Health: Yours, Mine and Ours
Check out this new video from the Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) at the University of Minnesota. In a clear and concise way, Cari Michaels, MPH, helps us understand the importance of addressing the challenge of improving children’s mental health through a public health framework.

  • “The term ‘mental health’ is often misunderstood in our society. Many people think it means the same as ‘mental illness,’ or they think it’s the exact opposite of mental illness. But the meaning of ‘mental health’ is more complex than these popular views indicate.”

If you are meeting with your congressional representatives anytime soon to discuss mental health reform, share this video in advance of your meeting and encourage them to watch it. Imagine – looking at mental health through a public health lens. Who woulda thunk it?

Brain development, brain injury and childhood mental health
Studies examining the effects childhood brain injuries have on children’s emotional and behavioral development suggest that the incidence of early childhood brain injuries, depending on their severity, strongly correlates with the onset of emotional and behavioral issues in adolescents and adults. The challenge for parents is in trying to figure out which of these signs might be attributed to a possible brain injury and which might be attributed to normal developmental changes in childhood or adolescence. Rahmi Elahjji, Office of Acquired Brain Injury at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in Austin, Texas, breaks it down for us and provides useful links to learn more about the relationship between brain injury and mental health.

Coping with stigma & discrimination: How I became a stronger mental health advocate
In yet another great webinar offering from the International Bipolar Foundation, Emily Wu Truong shares her personal experience facing stigma & discrimination after coming out with her story of mental health issues.

Time to get ready for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13 – 16, 2016
Since 1988, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. In the context of a rapidly diversifying population, this conference continues to expand to include topics related to substance abuse service systems and research, as well as pressing behavioral health topics associated with mental health reform legislation being discussed in Congress. The call for proposals will be out at the end of August so be sure to get yourself some Bermuda shorts, knee-high socks and a bit of zinc oxide to help motivate you to write a winning proposal! 

Children and complementary health approaches 
According to a 2012 survey, nearly 12% of children in the U.S. have used or been given a complementary health product or practice. This fact sheet offers information for parents who may be thinking about or are already using a complementary health approach for their child.

Building an evidence base for effective psychiatric inpatient care and alternative services for suicide prevention
NIMH, NIDA, SAMHSA, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are seeking information on approaches to better understand: 1) what components of inpatient care are safe and effective in reducing suicide risk for various populations; 2) what are effective alternatives to inpatient care (e.g., telephone counseling, home visits, intensive day/residential treatment, types of respite care) and how they can be broadly implemented; and 3) what type of research designs could compare inpatient interventions with alternative approaches in a safe, acceptable, and fair manner.

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015
The number of American infants born before the 37th week of pregnancy dropped slightly in 2013, as did the percentage of children with asthma under the age of 17. The percentage of teens who experienced a major depressive episode increased. These and other findings are described in America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015. The report was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which includes participants from 23 federal agencies.

The Behavioral Health Equity Barometer report
The Behavioral Health Equity Barometer report (the Barometer) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a one year snapshot of the state of behavioral health of youth and adults by demographics and insurance status. Behavioral health issues include the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. While gaps in treatment exist for the population as a whole, this Barometer identifies gaps that exist by health insurance status and for specific ethnic and racial populations.  While the differences are not statistically significant, which means the rates are technically the same, among adolescents aged 12 to 17 experiencing a major depressive episode, approximately 4 in 10 (41.6 percent) of White adolescents received treatment for depression in the past year prior to being surveyed, while only 36.9 percent of Hispanic or Latino adolescents, and 28.6 percent of Black adolescents received treatment.

Strategies for working with the Media
This tip sheet presents key steps to consider before the media calls, when they call, and during the interview.

Horizon Scan System Potential High Impact Report: Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Horizon Scan System Potential High Impact Reports have been updated for the six-month period ending June 2015. These 15 reports, including one on Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders, present information on the interventions which have the potential for high impact on the health care system in the next one to three years based on feedback from a variety of stakeholders on individual topic profiles. Within the depression and other mental health disorders scan, the majority of interventions are interventions that potentially offer treatments for patients whose conditions fail to respond to available medications and behavioral therapies for bipolar depression, MDD, and PTSD.

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was the most common among youth ages 1-18, while depression was the most common diagnosis among young adults ages 19-24 receiving antipsychotics. – See more at:





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