Episode 1

Published on:

24th Apr 2020

New Age Leader Redefines Advocacy in the Midst of a Pandemic

You can learn more about Martin Rafferty and the work he and his team do at Youth Era by visiting their website - https://youthera.org

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About the Podcast

The Optimistic Advocate
Making a difference in advocating for better mental health services for children and families
This podcast provides insight and analysis on the ever-changing landscape of children's mental health research, policy, and practice. Join the Optimistic Advocate as he weaves his way through the complicated world of advocacy. You can expect many insights from 40 years as an advocate, plenty of stories about mistakes, successes, and yep, more mistakes made along the way, and interviews with other advocates who are keeping their chins up and staying in the scrum. Plus, each episode provides timely news about new research and program innovations in children's mental health. It all adds up to a fascinating view of how to remain optimistic as a mental health advocate, and use your voice to promote what works!

About your host

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has spanned working at a suicide and crisis center, as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, an in-home family therapist, a state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and a national reviewer of children's mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children's Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network's efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children's mental health research, policy, and practice. Through it all, I remain optimistic that the voice of advocates can, and will, be heard. We need strong advocates now, more than ever!

If you're like most of my listeners, you're committed to making significant contributions to your work and seeing sustainable change. But it's not easy–you know it, and I know it. Let's face it - it's downright hard! My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children's mental health, and my mission is to introduce you to innovative efforts taking place across the nation that are making a difference in the lives of children and families.