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The Children’s Mental Health Network is Closing Down

June 09, 2023

Important Message From Scott Bryant-Comstock

Updated 9-15-23

The Children’s Mental Health Network is Closing Down
After meeting with the Board of the Children’s Mental Health Network, we have decided this will be our last year of operation. It has been an incredible journey, and every reader of Friday Update will always hold a special place in our hearts.

So many of you have played significant roles throughout our existence, dating back to the early conversations in 2003 about an alumni network for graduated system of care grantee sites (how it all began). This work, more like a calling, has been so gratifying for me, but it is time to move forward. I am excited to see the next generation pick up the reigns of advocating for children and adolescents with mental health challenges and their families.

The next few months will be business as usual, with a heavy dose of reminiscing! While we will close the Network in December, the repository of information, articles, and research papers on the website will live on, as the University of South Florida has agreed to host our website so that people can have access in the future.

So, for now, speaking on behalf of Pat Baker and Cyndi Nation, we are forever indebted to the kindness and unconditional love all of you have shown to us, proving what needs no proof, that the power of collective voice is unparalleled.


Only 5 Issues of Friday Update Left
Goodness gracious, I have been writing Friday Update since 2012. For the first 10 years it was a weekly publication (good grief!) and then in 2022 it went to every other week. So much information (and fantastic music!) in those issues. A big part of me is going to miss it. We at the Network love feedback, so let us know what you have most enjoyed about reading Friday Update. Contact us here.

Time to Consider Another Donation Recipient!
As most of you know, we do not accept federal funds and are funded solely by donations. Given that the Network will close this December, we are no longer accepting donations and encourage you to continue giving to other organizations that share your values and principles. We are most grateful to our donors over the years. It was your shoulders on which we stood to ensure a clear and unfettered voice for children’s mental health.

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About the Author

Scott Bryant-Comstock

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network, I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

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