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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Disaster Distress Hotline 1-800-985-5990

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

“A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions.  The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the tragic events in Charleston, S.C.  The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers.  The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.”

From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Check out the 2 newly released publications from SAMHSA.

Take Action Against Hepatitis C: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction – Spanish version

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances – report

Presents 2012-2013 findings from a federally funded program that supports community-based mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbances. Reports on the system of care approach, service characteristics and use, and child outcomes.

Tribal Healing in Primary Care and Behavioral Health

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 10 (AK, ID, WA, OR) proudly presents a national free webinar on Models For Tribal Healing In Primary Care And Behavioral Health Settings:

May 26, 2015, from 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Join the webinar and view the presentation online by clicking here:
Join the conference call by calling: 1-888-323-9708 and enter participant Code 4568793

Objective: The purpose of this webinar is to highlight those programs and services that address the delivery of behavioral health care in primary care settings. In addition, this webinar will present and discuss: Historical Trauma and the Impacts on Community, National Trends and Federal Initiatives towards Wellness, and Methods for delivering culturally competent treatment and recovery services. To learn more about the webinar, see:

Healthy You: Phobias

Monday, May 4th, 2015

This month’s Healthy You tipsheet from the American Public Health Association is entitled “Phobias: Learning how to face your fears”. The tipsheet is available in English and Spanish and can be printed or shared electronically.

Healthy You (APHA):

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month

Monday, May 4th, 2015

May 3-9 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out the Child Mental Health health topic page on MedlinePlus for current news and information on symptoms, conditions, treatment and related issues.

Child Mental Health: MedlinePlus

Webinar: From Homeless to Healthy: How to Effectively Reach People who Experience Homelessness (and keep them engaged)

Friday, May 1st, 2015

What can integrated primary and behavioral health care providers do to connect with individuals who experience homelessness – and keep them engaged in services? Individuals experiencing homelessness face many challenges that can prevent them from engaging in primary and behavioral health care integrated services, such as a trauma history, distrust of the health care system, extended periods of homelessness, or unresolved substance use issues. Join this webinar, a partnership between the SAMSHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the SAMHSA Homeless and Housing Resource Network, to learn considerations for working with the homeless population. Hear how a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grantee provides mobile services and medical outreach to engage clients and how sober housing may be an option for those also seeking substance use treatment.

Richard Cho, MCP, Senior Policy Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, James Withers, MD, Medical Director, Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Jason Howell, MBA, PRSS, Director, Texas Recovery Oriented Housing Network, National Alliance on Recovery Residences

From Homeless to Healthy: How to Effectively Reach People who Experience Homelessness (and keep them engaged)
Tue, May 19, 2015 2:00 PM EDT

Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about alcohol and the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) encourages the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and to evaluating their own drinking habits.

Many adults drink moderately and responsibly without complications, and there are indications from research that some can derive modest health benefits. At the same time, alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in the United States and internationally. For example, an estimated 16.6 million Americans have alcohol use disorder. Alcohol Awareness Month 2015 encourages the public to review the consequences of drinking too much, evaluate their drinking habits, understand how alcohol affects the body, and reduce drinking to lower risk for problems.

NIAAA Alcohol & Your Health:
NIAAA Rethinking Drinking:

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

For 2015, the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.

Child Welfare Information Gateway:
2015 Prevention Resource Guide:

Suicide Safe Mobile App

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a new mobile app, Suicide Safe. This app is based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, and is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices and address suicide risk among their patients. Available for Android and IOS operating systems:

Webinar: Youth Justice, Youth of Color and Health Policy Implications

Monday, February 16th, 2015

From the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities:

“In this webinar, Burns Institute founder James Bell will discuss justice policy implementation trends with particular attention to their impact on the mental health and life outcomes for youth of color. The presentation will also include a review of national youth incarceration data and strategies that are used to assist jurisdictions in understanding disparities in their youth justice system.”

February 19, 2015 3-4pm EST