Announcements

  • October 6, 2014
    Adolescents Play a Key Role in Their Own ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    The increased frequency of diagnosis in the past 10 years of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children prompted a review of diagnostic and treatment guidelines for ADHD that resulted in new recommended best practices for evaluating and treating adolescents with ADHD. These guidelines point to a need for adolescents with ADHD to take an active role in their own diagnosis and treatment. Learn more.

  • October 6, 2014
    HHS Announces $99 Million in New Grants to Improve Mental Health Services for Young People
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    As part of the President and Vice President’s Now is the Time plan to reduce gun violence and increase access to mental health services, HHS and SAMHSA announced the award of $99 million to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help, and increase access to mental health services for young people. Learn more.

  • October 6, 2014
    Coming Soon: New Suicide Prevention App From SAMHSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

    In January, SAMHSA will release a new Suicide Safe app that will help care and health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice to reduce suicide risk among patients. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Substance Use and Mental Health Estimates from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Overview of Findings
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This report contains the first release of data (PDF, 8 pages) from the “2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” The data provide estimates of the prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness in the United States as well as information about the need for and barriers to treatment. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).

  • September 23, 2014
    Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative
    Agencies/Departments: World Health Organization

    ”Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative” provides an overview of the most recent data on suicide and suicide prevention and shares evidence-based approaches to suicide prevention. The report also promotes a collaborative, national approach to suicide prevention. Learn more, and read the new youth topic on Preventing Youth Suicide from FindYouthInfo.gov.

  • September 23, 2014
    Primary Sources: Researchers Propose Key Role for Schools in Meeting Mental Health Needs of Homeless Students
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    An article recently published in the Children and Youth Services Review argues that school systems provide an ideal place to address the mental health needs of homeless students and that schools and mental health providers should collaborate in using a multi-tiered system of support. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Focusing on ADHD
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

    Intended for parents, this article provides science-based information about children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), including types of ADHD, symptoms, the role of brain development, and effective treatment approaches. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Webinar: Suicide Prevention for Alaska Native Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

    Date: September 23, 2014, 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
    Presenters will provide an overview of suicide in Alaska and describe strategies to promote mental wellness and reduce suicide among Alaska Natives. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    SAMHSA’S Prevention Day: February 3, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    SAMHSA will hold its annual Prevention Day on February 3, 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum. With the theme “The Power of Prevention: Strengthening Behavioral Health and Public Health for the Next Decade,” Prevention Day will feature speakers, plenaries, and workshops that will provide information on effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    OK2TALK: Help for Youth

    Developed by the National Association of Broadcasters and featured on MentalHealth.gov, OK2TALK is a new campaign that aims to encourage young people struggling with mental health challenges to talk about their experiences, without fear of stigma, and to create opportunities for open conversations in schools, in the workplace, and among families about mental health. The campaign includes TV and radio PSAs and an online community where youth can share their story by submitting creative content. Learn more.