The Federation of Families of SC is hiring new staff! Please click on each link to learn more. Please send all resumes to email@example.com.
Family Outreach Coordinator
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Regional Youth Specialists (4 positions-Columbia, Charleston, Florence and Greenville-one per region)
May 1-7, 2016 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!
The Federation of Families of SC will be holding its annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Rally at the Capitol (North steps) at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4th. We hope you will join us in raising awareness around the importance of children’s mental health! Get the flyer.
Awareness Week Poster Art Contest
Every year, an art contest is held to select art work for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster. This year’s theme is “I Matter; You Matter.” There will be a $100 prize for the winning art work, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Submissions due April 8th! Learn more about how to enter.
Living Better Today for a Brighter Tomorrow
The Federation’s annual family and youth conference will be April 15th-16th at White Oak Conference Center. A limited number of scholarships are still available. Read the criteria to attend.
L E A D E R S H I P
The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health of South Carolina is providing a free Leadership Training that will help you become a stronger advocate, learn skills to provide support to other parents*, organize a parent support network in your community, and learn ways to de-stress. The training will be held in Columbia, May 21, 2016.
Become a leader and help others as you help yourself!
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
(Parent is defined as anyone who has guardianship over a child or youth and includes foster parents, grandparents stepparents, and others who play a significant role in a child or youth’s life)
- Call 803-772-5210 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seating is limited.
Survey shows marijuana use disorder linked to substance use/mental disorders and disability.
Marijuana use disorder is common in the United States, is often associated with other substance use disorders, behavioral problems, and disability, and goes largely untreated, according to a new study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The analysis found that 2.5 percent of adults — nearly 6 million people — experienced marijuana use disorder in the past year, while 6.3 percent had met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder at some point in their lives. A report of the study, led by Bridget Grant, Ph.D., of the NIAAA Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry, appears online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
“…Marijuana use can lead to harmful consequences for individuals and society.”
—George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA
“The new analysis complements previous population-level studies by Dr. Grant’s group that show that marijuana use can lead to harmful consequences for individuals and society,” said George F. Koob, Ph.D., director of NIAAA.
In a recent report, Dr. Grant and her team found that the percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorders during that time was nearly as large. The new study analyzed data about marijuana use that were collected in the 2012-2013 wave of NIAAA’s National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), the largest study ever conducted on the co-occurrence of alcohol use, drug use, and related psychiatric conditions. Continue reading
Sociodemographic, health care, family, and community attributes have been associated with increased risk for mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) in children (1,2). For example, poverty has been shown to have adverse effects on cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development (1). A safe place to play is needed for gross motor development, and accessible health care is needed for preventive and illness health care (3). Positive parenting and quality preschool interventions have been shown to be associated with prosocial skills, better educational outcomes, and fewer health risk behaviors over time (2). Protective factors for MBDDs are often shared (4) and conditions often co-occur; therefore, CDC considered MBDDs together to facilitate the identification of factors that could inform collaborative, multidisciplinary prevention strategies. To identify specific factors associated with MBDDs among U.S. children aged 2–8 years, parent-reported data from the most recent (2011–2012) National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) were analyzed. Factors associated with having any MBDD included inadequate insurance, lacking a medical home, fair or poor parental mental health, difficulties getting by on the family’s income, employment difficulties because of child care issues, living in a neighborhood lacking support, living in a neighborhood lacking amenities (e.g., sidewalks, park, recreation center, and library), and living in a neighborhood in poor condition. In a multivariate analysis, fair or poor parental mental health and lacking a medical home were significantly associated with having an MBDD. There was significant variation in the prevalence of these and the other factors by state, suggesting that programs and policies might use collaborative efforts to focus on specific factors. Addressing identified factors might prevent the onset of MBDDs and improve outcomes among children who have one or more of these disorders.