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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.

Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults: New Training

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has created an online training tool entitled “Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.” The six 10-minute modules are designed for staff of long-term care and other aging service providers.

From the Center:

“This tool was developed by the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging, with support from many groups including but not limited to SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Rose Villa, and the Methodist Home of D.C.”

For more information and to access the tool: http://bit.ly/1tMir8F

Kids.gov September Calendar

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Start your school year off right by checking the Kids.gov September calendar for upcoming special events. The calendar features websites, lesson plans, and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, National Preparedness Month, World Suicide Prevention Day and a lot more! Don’t forget to bookmark the main calendar page, so you can plan for the rest of the school year!

September calendar: http://1.usa.gov/YFlC8z

Main calendar page: http://1.usa.gov/1pW3LUH

 

Indian Health Services Suicide Prevention Portal

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

From the U.S. Office of Minority Health: Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event, occurring at disproportionately high rates. Indian Health Service is partnering with leadership on the tribal, federal, state and community level on a new suicide prevention website,  http://1.usa.gov/1w9X0Uf,  for providers and the public to learn about key risk factors. The website provides comprehensive resources for health care providers and patients, media campaign collateral and valuable strategies on how to begin a conversation about suicide.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there is help. Callers to 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will talk to a skilled, trained counselor, who will listen and provide information about local mental health services. Calls are free and confidential.

More information about the Lifeline and advice to help yourself and others: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

Webinar: Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations

Monday, August 18th, 2014

On August 20, 2014, from 3-4 pm ET, Mental Health America is hosting a webinar entitled Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations. The webinar is designed for those who work in the mental health field but who do not use social media regularly.

Presenters: Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Social Media for Nonprofits; Mike Thornsbury, Marketer and Mental Health Volunteer; Jessica Kennedy, Webmaster, Mental Health America

More information and instructions for logging into the webinar: http://bit.ly/1pEWNDS

New Publication: Indian Health Surveillance Report: Sexually Transmitted Disases, 2011

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of STD Prevention are pleased to announce the publication of the most recent Indian Health Surveillance Report – Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2011.  This report presents statistics and trends for STDs among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States and for the 12 IHS Administrative Areas.

View the Indian Health Surveillance Report online: http://1.usa.gov/1p4iD0f

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, July 11th, 2014

From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.

For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH  page: http://1.usa.gov/1omWTes