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Friday Update 9-6-13

September 06, 2013


Friday Update 9-6-13

Greetings faithful readers. We have some great resources for you this week along with our usual bounty of opportunities to share your voice and make a difference. Be inspired by the amazing TED Talk from Diana Nyad in 2011 made shortly after not being able to complete the Cuba to Florida swim. She said it then – “I can swim from Cuba to Florida and I will.” On Monday of this week she did. This is one inspiring talk you will want to watch all the way through. Enjoy the TED Talk and then get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Call to Action – Healthy Transitions Initiative 
The Children’s Mental Health Network is hosting a follow-up Call to Action conference call for those interested in educating elected officials about the value of supporting the continued funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI). The funding for the next round of HTI grants was in the President’s budget but was removed in the Senate Appropriations budget. We need to change that. If you work with young adults 18 – 25 or are a young adult yourself and want to see improvements in services and supports for young people at this important stage of life, then this call is for you. 

CMHNetwork proudly joins “Talk to Me” to raise awareness for suicide prevention 
Throughout September, the Children’s Mental Health Network will join The Trevor Project and 20 other national partners to raise awareness about suicide prevention among youth, especially those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ), through “Talk to Me.” This campaign for conversation is rooted in research that indicates improving both help-seeking behaviors and access to care can have a dramatic effect on suicide prevention. At its heart, Talk to Me is about making it ok to offer help and being willing to connect a person with life-saving resources. 

Y.C.A.R.E. – How to help someone in crisis 
Here is just one of the many great resources developed by the Trevor Project. Use Y.C.A.R.E. to remember what to do if someone you know might be thinking about suicide. 

Justice for Corey – Keep Students Safe! End School Restraint and Seclusion of Students Awareness Rally 
Monday, September 9 is the first day of classes for students at Leake & Watts school in Yonkers, New York, where 16-year-old Corey Foster was killed April 18, 2012, after being restrained by school staff. His death made national headlines, from the New York Times to ABC News Nightline to Anderson Cooper, and fueled a search for answers by his mother, Sheila Foster. 

Linking student support to school improvement 
Network faithful Kevin Dwyer has another great Morning Zen post on how modifying systemic practices and policies can support students at-risk and foster improvement for all students. 

27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference – Call for Proposals now open! 
Proposals are coming in fast and furious for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference March 2 – 5, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Get to writing a great proposal. We want to see you in Tampa this coming March. 

Erin Casey speaks to an 8th grade class about “snap judgments” and mental health 
Network faithful Erin Casey speaks to an 8th grade class about “snap judgments” and mental health. This is a great example of how young adults can effectively reach out to younger youth with great words of encouragement. Nicely done Erin! 

Webinar: Overcoming Bipolar Disorder, How to Thrive Not Just Survive 
Our colleagues at the International Bipolar Foundation are offering another great webinar on Tuesday, September 17th, at 8:30 am PST with Barry Shainbaum titled Overcoming Bipolar Disorder, How to Thrive Not Just Survive. These webinars are very popular and space is limited so register today. 

Webinar: The role of faith leaders in suicide prevention 
The HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Faith Communities Task Force present this webinar for faith leaders who are often on the front line for people dealing with spiritual, mental, or emotional distress or illness. 

Webinar recording now available – Why Neuroscience Matters to SOC Leaders 
If you missed the recent webinar “Why Neuroscience Matters to SOC Leaders: 3 Steps To Dramatically Improve Engagement” no worries – the recording of the webinar is now available for you to watch at your leisure. 

NIMH website introduces new search engine 
NIMH has introduced a faster, more powerful search engine to connect its website visitors with vital mental health information. This improved search feature integrates NIMH RSS feeds with information from high profile social media platforms such as YouTube and Twitter and delivers nearly all results in less than 750 milliseconds. Check it out but remember to wear your seatbelt! 

Connecting kids to coverage shares back-to-school resources 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with Scholastic’s Administr@tor Magazine this Back-to-School season to raise awareness among school administrators and school nurses about the availability of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – and to get more eligible children enrolled. 

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