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Suicide Prevention Resource Center Launches a New Video Series

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) announces the launch of its new video series, “SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action.” SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, andKnowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.

SPRC invites you to spark conversation by sharing your own comments—along with the videos—via social media, newsletters, and websites, or by showing them as part of a presentation. You could spark innovation by using the videos and the associated resources to inform your own implementation. And you could spark action by submitting your success story via a form on the SPARK Talks website.

SPRC is a SAMHSA grantee and is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase knowledge, build capacity, and promote collaboration. SPRC serves individuals, groups, and organizations that play important roles in suicide prevention.

To visit SPRC: http://bit.ly/1zAzBKb

To view the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1sDXCel

 

January is National Diet Month

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The holiday is just weeks away!  In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, Kids.gov has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!

To view the resources: http://1.usa.gov/1wPUuQG

10 Holiday Tips

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Here are 10 holiday tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during this holiday season. http://1.usa.gov/13cQ7nY

 

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Friday, December 12th, 2014

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

For more information on safe toys and gifts, including guidelines for selecting safe toys, visit the HealthTradition with Mayo Clinic Health Services website: http://bit.ly/1wjlk4H

For a safe toys checklist, visit PreventBlindness.org: http://bit.ly/1GkcCWU

Above the Influence Toolkit

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, http://bit.ly/167EiBB, provides resources and ideas for parents, families and communities. Their “Above the Influence” toolkit includes activities that can be used with youth 12-17 years old across a variety of community settings to boost confidence, and prevent risk-taking behaviors, including alcohol and drug-abuse. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/1wilwjf

Lead in Toys

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control has a fact page on lead for parents and others buying toys for children. The page includes a link to the Consumer Products Safety Commission list of recalled toys.

Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ziIcSI

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

HHS/Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Child Welfare Information Gateway: Updated website. Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. The revised site features resources and materials for administrators and managers in child protective services, and new information on reporting, screening and assessment, case work practice, differential response, and trauma-informed practice.  http://1.usa.gov/1tUGtwl

Nutrition lesson plans for high schoolers

Monday, November 24th, 2014

From the United States Department of Agriculture:

“SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students are now available! This series of four lesson plans is designed to help students grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. Teachers can select from a variety of topics including selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.”

Resources for younger kids also available.

Health and Nutrition Information for Educators (USDA): http://1.usa.gov/1rj5d1o

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Friday, November 7th, 2014

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Each year, as many as 1.6 million youth per year may experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines, many homeless youth are victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

Resources from National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): http://bit.ly/1vUFNsl
Resources from MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1x9kl8D

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory equips professional health providers with an introduction to spice and bath salts in the context of treating people with substance use disorders and mental illness. Spice (synthetic cannabinoids) and bath salts (synthetic cathinones) refer to two groups of designer drugs that have increased in popularity in recent years. Discusses adverse effects of use, patient assessment, abstinence monitoring, among other issues.

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory: http://1.usa.gov/1tQ30z8 (PDF)