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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

 

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)

NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

When there are fewer hours of sunlight, some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. To learn more about SAD and possible treatments, please join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a Twitter chat on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. NIMH expert Dr. Matthew Rudorfer will be answering your questions related to SAD. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the conversation.

To learn more about SAD: http://1.usa.gov/1EmwM1F

New website: Faces and Facts of Disability

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Social Security Administration: New website. Faces and Facts of Disability. This public awareness campaign seeks to dispel misconceptions about the Social Security disability program and demonstrate its critical importance through the personal stories of individuals who receive benefits. http://1.usa.gov/ShBw5f

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Provides access to results for this annual survey focused on substance abuse and mental health issues. Includes information on prevalence and services. Rural-specific data is available in detailed tables that list “geographic characteristics.” Data is also made available by state and for regions within states. http://1.usa.gov/1tg20F0

Moving Beyond Screening to Prevent Mental Illness and Substance Use

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new newsletter about substance abuse and mental illness prevention in the primary care setting. The currently featured article is “Moving Beyond Screening to Prevent Mental Illness and Substance Use: What can be Achieved in Primary Care?” Articles feature a provider profile, evidence-based tips, webinars and other topics.  See the SAMHSA newsletter here: http://1.usa.gov/10l1iKs

Your Life Matters! A New Suicide Prevention Campaign for Faith Communities

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) recently launched the “Your Life Matters!” campaign. During the campaign, the Action Alliance encourages every faith tradition to dedicate one day of worship each year to celebrate life, hope, and reasons to live. Faith traditions can consider observing this celebration near September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. However, the message that each congregant’s life matters could be promoted anytime during the year, whenever it fits the needs of the local faith community.

Faith communities are in a unique position to reach a large portion of the millions of Americans who struggle with serious thoughts of suicide each year. Many people feel hopeless or trapped, or are in such emotional pain or despair that they struggle to face another day.

Your Life Matters! http://bit.ly/1r6nIZQ

Upcoming Webinar: The Way Forward—Integrating the Voice of Suicide Attempt Survivors Into the Suicide Prevention Discussion

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Eastern Time

Aimed at the broader suicide prevention community, this webinar will provide a brief overview of the Action Alliance’s Suicide Attempt Survivor Task Force document, “The Way Forward, Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness With Insights from Lived Expertise.”

The overview will highlight the paper’s core values for supporting suicide attempt survivors with an emphasis on how these values can be supported in broader settings (policies, programs, practices). The presentation will note how “The Way Forward” provides explicit recommendations, based on evidence-based practices, incorporating personal lived experience of recovery and resilience.

Learn more about and register at: http://bit.ly/1uClPU0

September is Recovery Month

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

National Recovery Month is in its 25th year, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers tool kits in English and Spanish, public service announcements, banners, logos and flyers: http://1.usa.gov/1rqptkr.

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.