Friday Update 8-23-13

August 24, 2013


Friday Update 8-23-13

Greetings faithful readers. Amazing call today with Network faithful committed to bringing attention to the needs of emerging adults. As always, we like to spread a little inspiration with every issue of Friday Update and today is no different. But would you ever imagine we would go to Ashton Kutcher for inspiration? Yep, Ashton’s acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards nails the motivation factor. Watch the video, remember that being successful requires hard work and get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Conference call to mobilize around the Healthy Transitions Initiative
Thanks to everyone who participated on the Call to Action conference call today to discuss plans for educating elected officials about the value of supporting the continued funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI). We maxed out the number of lines available so apologies to the many people who were not able to access the call. No worries, we will do a follow-up call next Friday with a conference call service that will take up to 1,000 participants so all can participate. In the meantime, check out our HTI page and get involved! As a reminder, the funding for the next round of HTI grants was in the President’s budget but was removed in the Senate Appropriations bill. We need to ensure that this funding remains. If you work with young adults aged 18 – 25, or are a young adult yourself and want to see improvements in services and support for young people at this important stage of life, then please be a part of our next call. We will post details early next week.

Action to Keep Students Safe newsletter now online
The Action to Keep Students Safe Newsletter is now available. Learn how you can be involved in putting a halt to the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint.

Black suicide: When prayer is not enough
Ebony Magazine has an important article on “one of Black America’s most tabooed topics… suicide.” Thanks to Network faithful Melanie Funchess for sharing this story. 

Dr. David Satcher to speak at 2014 annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference 
Dr. David Satcher will be the featured speaker for the opening plenary session for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference.Proposals are starting to roll in so be sure to get yours in as well.

CMHNetwork partners with Trevor Project for “Talk to Me” campaign
This September, the Children’s Mental Health Network is proud to partner with The Trevor Project for “Talk to Me” to raise awareness about what each of us can do to help prevent suicide, especially among youth. Also, please remember that the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act is currently in front of both houses of Congress to fund suicide prevention programs in states, colleges and tribes. However, if the legislation is not reauthorized, the funding for these life-affirming resources may disappear completely. To ensure this bill is passed, the Children’s Mental Health Network and the Trevor Project are asking people nationwide to take action and raise awareness of this law as a part of “Talk to Me,” Trevor’s campaign for conversation.

Fantastic grant opportunity from the International Bipolar Foundations 
The Scientific Advisory Board of the International Bipolar Foundation is offering a research grant in the amount of $30,000.00. Check it out Network faithful!

Hey young invincibles… time to create a cool video and win some cash
Young Invincibles and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services have created a competition that will tap into the creativity and energy of young Americans while raising awareness about the new law and encouraging young people to take advantage of the benefits of health insurance. Cash prizes will be awarded to the creators of the best videos!

Grant foundation accepting letters of inquiry for studies on use of research evidence in policy, practice affecting youth
Network faithful – this is a great opportunity for those working with emerging adults. The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between 8 and 25 years of age in the United States. The foundation will support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years.  

Community Solutions presents free professional development webinar series
These webinars will provide information to early childhood caregivers and program staff about how to help parents address challenging behaviors of young children and identify discipline strategies that promote positive social development and emotional well being. Don’t miss it!

Natural solutions for bipolar: Webinar with John Gray
The International Bipolar Foundation is out with yet another great webinar, coming up on Thursday, November 14th, at 9:00 am PST with John Gray Ph.D. onNatural Solutions for BipolarJohn Gray, Ph.D. is the best-selling relationship author of all time and the most trusted voice in relationships today. He is the author of 17 books, including The New York Times #1 Best-Selling Book of the last decade, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. His 17 books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 different languages around the world.

Impacts of sequestration: Irresponsible Republican budget is a disaster for job creation, government services, and economic investment
Across-the-board cuts from sequestration began in March 2013, causing a drag on our national economy, job loss and furloughs, and degradation of services and investments critical to competitiveness and American families. The House Democratic Appropriators have put out a report detailing the impact of continuing sequestration into 2014. It ain’t pretty folks…

New SAMHSA report shows when times are tough, public funding for behavioral health treatment is even more critical
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows the importance of public funding for mental health services and substance abuse during difficult economic times, when it helps those who might otherwise be unable to afford the help they need. 

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