Announcements

  • April 13, 2015
    Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    As featured by NIH, researchers claim to have discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation. The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called delta-catenin, which plays a crucial role in the nervous system. Researchers found that a group of girls with severe autism carried CTNND2 mutations that appeared to reduce the effectiveness of delta-catenin, potentially affecting their neurological development. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    New NIMH Strategic Plan Aims to Focus, Accelerate Mental Health Research
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    NIMH has issued a new Strategic Plan for Research, which updates the strategic objectives of its 2008 plan, with a focus on balancing the need for long-term investments in basic research with urgent mental health needs. The plan includes four strategic priorities which will guide the institute’s research for the next five years:

    1. Define the mechanisms of complex behaviors
    2. Chart mental illness trajectories to determine when, where, and how to intervene
    3. Strive for prevention and cures
    4. Strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research

    Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Changing the Story about Mental Health in America
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of The Campaign to Change Direction, a new initiative to raise awareness about mental health. Spearheaded by Give an Hour and co-sponsored by SAMHSA, this campaign aims to change the conversation about mental health in America and to encourage people to be aware of the signs of distress in others and themselves. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Resources on Trauma and Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

    Assessing Exposure to Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress in the Juvenile Justice Population (PDF, 16 pages)
    This resource discusses the importance of the screening and assessment of youth involved in the justice system for trauma exposure and related negative consequences. It provides information on screening tools, additional disorders related to the experience of trauma, legal and clinical considerations for trauma screening and assessment, and sources for more information.
    Trauma Among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System (PDF, 11 pages)
    This resource describes the prevalence of trauma exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among girls involved in the juvenile justice system, potential consequences of trauma for girls, the impact of involvement with the justice system on girls who have been traumatized, and models of gender responsive programming.
    Evidence-Informed Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress Problems with Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System (PDF, 14 pages)
    This resource provides an overview of key issues to consider before providing therapeutic interventions to traumatized youth involved in the juvenile justice system. It also includes information on evidence-based interventions, interventions with an evidence-base, and promising evidence-informed interventions for treating traumatized adolescents. 

  • April 13, 2015
    Recording Available: Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This webisode explores strategies for supporting the unique behavioral health needs of adopted children and their families. It was originally aired to coincide with the release of the new report, “Domestic and International Adoption: Strategies To Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Youth and Their Families.” Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community Grants
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
    FY2015 “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community grants will support the training of teachers and other professionals, who work with youth, through community programs on Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid. The goal is to increase the mental health literacy of professionals who work with youth, link youth to needed assistance and services, and create collaborative partnerships among community agencies and programs. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Suicide Safe: The Suicide Prevention App for Health Care Providers Free from SAMHSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Suicide Safe is a free app that can help primary care and mental health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. The app can help providers learn how to assess suicidal risk, provide information and resources to patients, start conversations with patients who may need suicide intervention, and locate treatment options. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    The Anatomy of NIMH Funding
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    In response to calls for transparency, this blog post and corresponding white paper (PDF, 13 pages) written by NIMH director Thomas Insel provide insight into the NIMH budget, including what is funded, who is funded, and how funding decisions are made. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Spotlight on Suicide Prevention Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    On the 10th anniversary of SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, this blog post provides resources for individuals, families, communities, healthcare providers, professionals, and educators related to suicide prevention. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Application Deadline: May 12, 2015
    OJJDP will fund a Tribal Youth Program training and technical assistance provider to deliver culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate technical assistance to all OJJDP tribal program grantees (PDF, 35 pages) and federally recognized tribes across the nation. Learn more (PDF, 35 pages). 

  • March 9, 2015
    SAMHSA Supports Individuals with Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    This article outlines the areas of focus and key partnerships that SAMHSA has fostered in support of, and in service to, individuals with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    NCFY Voices: Up From Trauma
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    As part of FYSB's event “Ending Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action” in October 2014, multiple young people shared their personal stories and recommendations for serving youth more effectively. One of the speakers, Anthony Ross, who witnessed violence in his home as a child and ended up homeless as a teenager, shared his story of perseverance. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Five Point Plan to Improve the Nation’s Mental Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    This blog post, written by SAMHSA officials Pamela Hyde and Paolo Del Vecchio, includes five steps America could take that would immediately and greatly improve the mental health system and help ensure delivery of high quality care for individuals with mental illness. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    National Prevention Week: May 17-23, 2015
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    National Prevention Week is an opportunity to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. The goals of National Prevention week include involving communities in raising awareness of behavioral health issues, fostering partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations, and promoting and disseminating quality behavioral health resources and publications. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: 2015 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: April 20, 2015
    The purpose of the Campus Suicide Prevention Grant program is to facilitate a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education. The grant is designed to assist colleges and universities in building essential capacity and infrastructure to support expanded efforts to promote wellness and help-seeking of all students.  Additionally, this grant will offer outreach to vulnerable students, including those experiencing substance abuse and mental health problems, who are at greater risk for suicide and suicide attempts. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health of Adolescent Girls — A "Girls Matter!" Webinar
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The second of three webinars in the "Girls Matter!" series addresses common behavioral health issues among adolescent girls and provides effective coping strategies. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Growing Up Girl — A "Girls Matter!" Webinar
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The first of three webinars in the "Girls Matter!" series provides an overview of the growth and development of adolescent girls. Key topics include biological, social, cultural, and societal factors that influence their maturation, impact of media on self-esteem, reproductive health, and teen dating violence. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
    The purpose of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center grant program is to build national capacity for preventing suicide by providing technical assistance, training, and resources to assist states, tribes, organizations, SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith and other SAMHSA grantees, and individuals to develop suicide prevention strategies that advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention with the overall goal of reducing suicides and suicidal behaviors in the nation. Learn more.

  • October 24, 2014
    SAMHSA’s KSOC-TV: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Date: October 27, 2014, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
    This webisode will explore the principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions designed to address the consequences of trauma among children, youth, and families. Learn more.

  • October 24, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Mental Health Training Initiative for State and Local Juvenile Detention and Correctional Systems
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Application Date: October 31, 2014
    Six sites will have the opportunity to receive instruction on the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice, developed to educate juvenile justice staff about adolescent development, mental health disorders and treatment, the critical role of families, and practical strategies for engaging and interacting with youth. OJJDP and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation jointly support this initiative. 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.