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Autism and Exercise: Launch of New Video Series

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Exercise Connection launched a new video series, Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise.   The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students.  The series can be found on NCHPAD’s YouTube Channel.

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent Health: Think. Act. Grow. (TAG) builds on previous national initiatives in adolescent health. OAH convened leaders of national organizations in the fields of health, social services, faith-based communities, and education; and parent and youth serving groups to develop and implement TAG. These groups identified the five essentials for adolescent health and possible roles and responsibilities that, together, have helped inform this national effort. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals working with adolescents to prioritize activities that improve adolescent health, including physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health.

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG):

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

SAMHSA has announced the availability of a new series of Regional Behavioral Health Barometers. These barometers divide existing SAMHSA data into separate reports for each of the 10 HHS regions of the United States. Each report uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), collected annually. Topics addressed in the reports include youth substance use, youth mental health and treatment, adult mental health and treatment, substance use, and substance use and treatment.

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers:

Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

SAMHSA’s free resource has been updated: “Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide, A Toolkit for Senior Centers” offers strategies senior centers can use to integrate suicide prevention into activities that support the well-being of older adults. Describes activities that increase protective factors and explains how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Access the toolkit here:

New Resources from SAMHSA

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces new resources: SAMHSA eBooks. You can now access and read several SAMHSA materials more easily on mobile devices, tablets, and e-readers. Learn more at:

September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Here are some resources you can use for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th:

KidsHealth – Suicide and “My Friends is Talking About Suicide. What Should I Do?”  (both available in Spanish)

National Institute of Mental Health – Suicide Prevention

Guide: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide

Toolkit: Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for High Schools

Webinar on Suicide and Prevention Research in Social Media

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

2:00 – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Register for this upcoming webinar, Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Social Media.  Recent developments in the field of media and suicide research reflect a change in focus from traditional online media and an increasing attention to stories of hope and recovery and their potential to help prevent suicide.  In this webinar the presenters will focus on their recent research investigating how stories of recovery delivered via newspaper reports and fictional films impact various audiences.  Furthermore, they will present findings on the role of the Internet in conveying information about suicide and suicide prevention in the United States and in Europe.  The hour long webinar will provide an opportunity to dialogue  with the presenters.   Please register at

To learn more about the webinar and its presenters go to

Webinar on Bullying Prevention with

Friday, July 10th, 2015

In 2011, 22% of students ages 12-18 were bullied at school. Learn how you can make a difference at the Bullying Prevention with webinar. provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. The Training Module and Community Action Toolkit will be showcased, along with an overview of the vision behind this train-the-trainer resource for community members of all different backgrounds.

Webinar: Bullying Prevention with
Date and Time: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm (ET)

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, contains the information and tools needed to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices in primary care settings. Although the tools are designed with the rural practice in mind, most are quite suitable for use in non-rural settings as well. The toolkit includes sections on educating clinicians and office staff and developing mental health partnerships, as well as patient management tools and patient education tools.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care:

IHS Suicide Prevention Program

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Indian Health Service – Provides information and resources to support suicide prevention programs in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Also, provides the resources to help AI/AN communities and individuals recover from the grief caused by suicide.