Friday Update 8-5-16

August 05, 2016


Friday Update 8-5-16 

Greetings faithful readers. Oh my, what an exciting week this is. Lots of great information on the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference for you to peruse in this issue. Get yourself registered, Network faithful. Gonna be epic. To help motivate you, check out this smooth jazz video by the great Madeleine Peyroux who is encouraging you to “Don’t Wait Too Long!” Enjoy the jazz groove and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Exciting news for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 5 – 8, 2017, in beautiful Tampa Florida!

  • Call For Proposals Now Open! 
    Okay, the time for pencil sharpening is over. It’s time to start writing a winning proposal. The 30th Annual Conference is one you will not want to miss! 

    Tony Biglan, Author of ‘The Nurture Effect’, to Speak at the Tampa Conference 
    We are pleased to announce that Anthony (Tony) Biglan is confirmed as one of our keynote speakers! Dr. Biglan, scientist and author of “The Nurture Effect,” will share findings from 30+ years of research helping to identify effective family, school, and community interventions to prevent the most common problems of childhood and adolescence. Be sure to read Tony’s latest article on the Hill’s Congress Blog - A Bipartisan Approach to Poverty.

  • Nancy Lublin, Founder of Crisis Text Line to Speak at Tampa Conference 
    With even more great news about the conference, we are pleased to announce that Nancy Lublin, Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, is confirmed as one of our keynote speakers. Social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin harnesses people, technology, and data to change the world, turning her new and effective solutions into some of today’s most innovative and disruptive nonprofits and social movements. Fortune has named her one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” In 2013, Lublin launched Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of issues, from depression and substance abuse to eating disorders and physical abuse. With over 20 million texts received, Lublin expanded Crisis Text Line internationally, allowing people around the world to text in and get help. Using this data, Lublin launched a separate initiative called Crisis Trends to track when and where issues occur. Lublin will share outcomes and plans for the future for both initiatives in her presentation. 
  • Whew! And we are just getting started with identifying high-level speakers for the conference. Be sure to bookmark to keep informed of conference developments.

The Closet, Courage and Cinnamon Rolls
This week we feature an essay by Elaine Quinn, who participated in Lee Gutkind’s most recent workshop on “Writing Away the Stigma.” Excellent read!

Destini’s Brother
“When we conceived this film two years ago, we were simply trying to break through the static narratives of police violence that we saw on our televisions. We were in Durham, N.C., which in terms of racial tension felt similar to many American cities before Ferguson became a household name, and Black Lives Matter became a national movement. The city was full of organizers, families and working people who spent their evenings huddled in the backs of restaurants, barber shops, and community centers, trying to shed light on issues of inequality that we felt the media consistently missed.”  Nicholas Pilarski and Destini Riley ~

Get Health Insurance for 2017! 
If you think you don’t need health insurance or it’s too expensive, look no further than the Health Insurance Marketplace. Here you’ll find a range of plans and prices to choose from that’ll work for your life and budget. You may even qualify for savings!

Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change (2016) 
Estimates indicate that as many as 1 in 4 Americans will experience a mental health problem or will misuse alcohol or drugs in their lifetimes. These disorders are among the most highly stigmatized health conditions in the United States, and they remain barriers to full participation in society in areas as basic as education, housing, and employment. 

Gun Violence And Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper
For some people, the attack on police officers by a gunman in Dallas this summer brought to mind another attack by a sniper in Austin 50 years ago – on Aug. 1, 1966. That’s when student Charles Whitman stuck his rifle over the edge of the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin and started shooting. Ultimately, he killed 16 people — and wounded more than 30 others.
Melinda Gates, Steve Ballmer, Reid Hoffman Back Text-Based Counseling Service
Non-profit Crisis Text Line just raised $23.8 million in grants.
Crisis Text Line, a free, around the clock text-messaging support line for people in crisis, is getting a massive new round of grants from notable technology names including Melinda Gates, Steve Ballmer, Reid Hoffman, and Pierre Omidyar. 
You can see Nancy Lublin, Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, present a keynote address at the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health.

Fact Sheet: Early Warning Signs of Psychosis 
This fact sheet lists changes in behavior before psychosis develops that may be early warning signs of psychosis. 

RAISE: First Episode Psychosis Fact Sheet 
This fact sheet lists some facts about psychosis in general and specifically first episode psychosis, as well as a variety of treatments. 

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