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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

HHS and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month with the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. For a toolkit, resources, and ideas on how you or your organization can raise awareness about alcoholism, please visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at http://bit.ly/1iknxCZ and HealthFinder at http://1.usa.gov/1kvXqua

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Parents and educators can use the resources below to education kids on alcohol abuse.

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot http://1.usa.gov/1mNE73M

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking http://1.usa.gov/1grxwUJ

Too Smart to Start http://1.usa.gov/Pow67w

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)  http://1.usa.gov/PowkLS

 

SAMHSA Offers Free Online Training for Members of Care Teams

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Your integrated care team may include professionals from primary care, mental health, and substance use. To work together, they must understand how each sector works and what it takes to successfully integrate primary and behavioral healthcare. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) worked with experts to produce a variety of skill development trainings for members of the integrated care team.  These trainings are appropriate for primary care, mental health and substance use professionals, including social workers, psychiatrists, case managers and behavioral health consultants. Trainings can be taken at any time and are free of charge. http://bit.ly/1jWho5n

Healthy You: Anxiety

Monday, March 17th, 2014

This month’s Healthy You, a consumer health health bulletin from the American Public Health Association, focuses on anxiety.  The one page handout is available in English and Spanish and can be freely reproduced.

Download current and previous Healthy You handouts: http://bit.ly/UD9hur

New webinar series: Girls Matter!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) is offering a webinar series dedicated to the behavioral health of girls.

From SAMHSA:

“This six-part webinar series, Girls Matter, provides research, best practice and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today—including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls.

SAMHSA has created this webinar series to: Increase the behavioral health workforce’s understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls (primarily ages 12-18) and Bring visibility and attention to the specific behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls.”

Schedule:

  • Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)
  • The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (Thursday, March 13, 2014)
  • Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)
  • Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)
  • Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
  • The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (Thursday, July 24, 2014)

Learn more and register for webinars: http://bit.ly/1jwm6T7

Dating Matters: online training for educators

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Dating Matters, a 60-minute, interactive online course from the Centers for Disease Control, helps educators and youth leaders recognize the warning signs of teen dating violence.

Dating Matters™ takes place in a virtual school setting, complete with navigation through school hallways and classrooms. A teacher’s whiteboard presents information in a user-friendly way and provide navigation, help, and interactive resources for use throughout the course.” (CDC)

Access the training and read how the training has been implemented in four cities: http://1.usa.gov/MFRhAt

Depression and Heart Disease

Monday, February 10th, 2014

From the National Institute of Mental Health:

“People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression than otherwise healthy people. Angina and heart attacks are closely linked with depression. Researchers are unsure exactly why this occurs. They do know that some symptoms of depression may reduce your overall physical and mental health, increasing your risk for heart disease or making symptoms of heart disease worse. Fatigue or feelings of worthlessness may cause you to ignore your medication plan and avoid treatment for heart disease. Having depression increases your risk of death after a heart attack.

Download the full brochure in English or Spanish: http://1.usa.gov/MFLWZX

 

Affordable Care Act (ACA) National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has been created “to provide cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists thereby ensuring people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces.”

Access the NDNRC: http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/

New app: Suicide Lifeguard

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Suicide Lifeguard is a free app, available on both Android and Apple devices, for anyone concerned that someone they know may be contemplating suicide. The app, created by the Missouri Suicide Prevention Project, includes warning signs, response tips and resources specifically for special populations, such as veterans and those that identify as LGBTQ.

More information: http://bit.ly/19FF0a7

Telebehavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance Series

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Interested in a suite of online training to establish telehealth services for mental health and substance use?  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Health Resources and Services Administration, Center for Integrated Health Solutions offers just that!  After completing the training, participants will be able to identify service models and understand important pieces need to start a telebehavioral health program.

Find more information online: http://1.usa.gov/18Pzb3F

OK2Talk, Mental Health Online Community for Teens and Young Adults

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

“Teens and young adults who suffer from mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.”

The National Association of Broadcasters created OK2Talk, an online community for teens and young adults coping with mental health problems to encourage them to share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.  Poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support can be shared in this safe, moderated space.

OK2Talk, http://bit.ly/18Wys0o