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Children’s Grief Awareness Day

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children and of the benefits that they obtain through the support of others. Observed on the third Thursday of every November (one week before the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving), Children’s Grief Awareness Day is intentionally set in the holiday season, often a particularly difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one. In 2013, Children’s Grief Awareness Day is November 21.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child. An opportunity for all of us to recognize and support the millions of grieving children across the nation — the thousands of grieving children right in our own communities — the grieving children we know and see in our daily lives. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

On December 5, 2013, join the national conversation on mental health, via cell phone. All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health. “Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health” is designed to engage high school and college students in particular, using technology that is ubiquitous in their lives. Read more about it at Creating Community Solutions”:

Partners in Health: Mental Health, Primary Care and Substance Use Inter-agency Collaboration Tool Kit

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Integrated Behavioral Health Project – Designed to help primary care clinics and behavioral health agencies forge collaborative relationships. Provides job descriptions, sample agreements and contracts, screening instruments and evaluation measures, operational forms, strategies and prototypes for integrating mental and physical services, practical advice, issues to consider when brokering agreements, and mutual role descriptions.

Depression During and After Pregnancy

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The MCH Library’s  Depression During and After Pregnancy Knowledge Path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about the prevalence and incidence of perinatal depression; identification and treatment; impact on the health and well-being of new mothers and their infants; and implications for service delivery. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to learn more about depression during and after pregnancy, to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.

Depression During and After Pregnancy Knowledge Path,



Community Conversations About Mental Health

Friday, September 27th, 2013 created a Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health.   The toolkit provides resources to hold a conversations about mental health.  It is comprised of three parts including an information brief, a discussion guide, and a planning guide.  The information brief is also available in Spanish.  Learn more at:

Continuing Education from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Psychological First Aid Online
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.

Continuing Education Series
The NCTSN Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents. (1.5 continuing education contact hours per 1.5 hour presentation.) Current courses include Crossover Youth and Trauma-Informed Practice, Culture and Trauma, Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma, and The Role of Trauma Among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.

Psychological First Aid Online:
Continuing Education Series:

Back to School and Mental Health

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Mental Health America just announced new resources on student mental health.

“A student’s mental health is just as important as their general health,” said Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “We know the start of a new school year can be a stressful time for students all ages. These resources are designed to help everyone—students, parents and administrators—promote good mental health and ensure resources are available.”

The Back to Campus Toolkit includes fact sheets for students and information for colleges and universities about what types of services should be in place to address the mental health needs of the student body

A Back to School List of Tips provides important steps parents can take to support their child as he or she heads back to school.

Back to School Toolkit,
Back to School List of Tips,

SAMSHA Wellness Week Town Hall Kickoff

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative Webinar
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions for National Wellness Week 2013. This training teleconference is free and open to everyone. This Webinar will inform and inspire people to take action toward improving overall wellness by participating in National Wellness Week 2013. Specifically, participants will learn how to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their lives; how to join the wellness movement and get involved during National Wellness Week; and how the community will work together to achieve the goals of SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative.

Presenters include Betty Vreeland, Theresa Strawder, James H. Rimmer, and Kenneth Jue.

Register at:

Not Just the Baby Blues: Screening Can Help Address Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

From the Advice Column of Dr. Carolyn Clancy<>

According to 2010 Federal data more babies are born in July, August and September. Dr. Clancy reviews the signs and symptoms of major depression and discusses what you can do to get help for yourself or someone you know.

Webinar: National Council for Behavioral Health Integrating Addiction and Mental Healthcare

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

August 22, 2013  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Five mental health and five addiction provider organizations from around the country recently completed the National Council’s Co-Occurring Disorder Learning Community to improve their ability to provide effective integrated and comprehensive care for individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses and addictions. The alumni sites will share their recipes for success in a two-part webinar series. The first webinar is tailored for mental health providers that want to learn to begin integrating addiction services.

More information and the link to register for the webinar are available online: