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Innovative Advocate Solomé Tibebu Leads New Mental Health Initiative

As my guest today on The Optimistic Advocate podcast, I am so excited to have Solomé Tibebu, Director of the Upswing Fund. Solome is leading an effort to provide timely resources to organizations that focus on the mental health and well-being supports to adolescents of color and / or LGBTQ+ in the United States—populations that face urgent needs during the pandemic but too often lack access to the care they need. Funding for the effort comes from Pivotal Ventures, a personal investment and incubation company founded and led by Melinda Gates.

In this episode, not only will you learn about the incredible funding opportunity available to mental health providers who focus on adolescents of color and LGBTQ youth, but you will also learn about the amazing Solomé Tibebu, who leads the effort.

Unmask Your Feelings

Join host, Scott Bryant-Comstock, as he conducts a captivating conversation with three individuals involved with improving mental health services and supports for youth and young adults, living in Broward County, Florida. Tiffany Lawrence, Latrice Richards, and Crysta Snyder, working under the umbrella of the One Community Partnership 3 System of Care Grant, Broward Behavioral Health Care Coalition, have created an innovative social marketing campaign called, Unmask Your Feelings. In this episode, you will learn how this innovative team is helping youth and young adults learn to express their feelings through masks. And during this time of Pandemic, we all have a lot of experience with masks!

Reflections on the Joker’s Popularity and What America Can Learn From Gotham City’s Mental Health System: An Interview With Micah Howe

Enjoy this fascinating discussion with Micah Howe, a dedicated mental health advocate from rural Iowa. Micah candidly shares his personal journey through the mental health treatment and support, and his evolution as an advocate. Micah was scheduled to speak at the 33rd Annual Research and Policy Conference, scheduled for March, 2020. COVID-19 put a halt…

Melissa Heatly – Integrating Behavioral Health and the Schools in the Midst of the Pandemic

Welcome to another episode of the optimistic advocate. This is episode eight and I’m your host, Scott Bryant Comstock, founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. This podcast is about advocates who are innovative, who refuse to sit on the sidelines, and just figure out a way to get it done. However, this podcast is not just about what advocates do it also about who they are as people and what motivates them.

In this episode, I am excited to have as my guest, Melissa Heatly. Melissa is a clinical child psychologist. She coordinates the school based initiatives with pediatric behavioral health and wellness at UR Medicine, which provides comprehensive school-based behavioral health services, consultation, and training to youth and educators across the greater Rochester region.

Melissa is a true community organizer working through the lens of behavioral health. And in this time of pandemic, I don’t know that there are many people more important, than those who are trying to figure out along with multitudes of other people in their community, how to make sure that services stay at the level that they were before the pandemic for youth and families, and, how they can be improved.

You can learn more about Melissa Heatly and her work at the University of Rochester Medical Center Website.

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