• July 21, 2014
    How to Help a Friend With Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges
    Agencies/Departments: Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs

    This new blog post highlights three steps that young people can take to help a friend dealing with mental health or substance use issues. The post is featured on Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C), which is IWGYP’s site for youth and young adults engaged in change efforts. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    Watch Now: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014 Launch Event
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The recording of the launch event for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014 is now available. The event featured Honorary Chairperson Chiara de Blasio and her parents (New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray), senior federal officials, and four incredible young adults who shared their stories of resilience and hope. Learn more.  

  • July 1, 2014
    Behavioral Health Problems, Treatment, and Outcomes in Serious Youthful Offenders
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    This bulletin summarizes findings from analyses of data from the Pathways to Desistance study, which followed more than 1,300 serious youthful offenders for seven years after their court involvement. These analyses addressed the overlap of behavioral health problems and offending behavior (PDF, 16 pages), the care young people with disorders received while in juvenile justice settings, and the care received in the community upon their release. Implications for juvenile justice practice and policy and potential opportunities for system improvement are discussed. Learn more (PDF, 16 pages).

  • June 27, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Statewide Peer Network Development Program For Recovery And Resiliency Grants
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services; Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

    Application Deadline: August 7, 2014
    The purpose of this grant program is to create statewide networks that represent mental health and addictions recovery communities to improve access to, and the quality of, behavioral health systems, services, treatment, and recovery supports statewide. This program is designed to bridge and unify recovery networks for mental health consumers, families of children with serious emotional disturbance and youth, and those in recovery from addictions. Learn more

  • June 12, 2014
    SAMHSA, MacArthur Collaborate to Improve Early Diversion for Justice-Involved American Indian Youth With Behavioral Health Needs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    SAMHSA and The MacArthur Foundation have announced a new collaboration that will aim to support early diversion for justice-involved American Indian youth with behavioral health needs. Through this initiative, four tribes will receive technical assistance to guide the establishment of models and strategies for diverting youth with behavioral health disorders as early as possible from the juvenile justice system to appropriate, culturally relevant, community-based behavioral health services. Learn more.

  • June 12, 2014
    Miracles Happen Every Day
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post is written by Yashi Brown (poet/author, public speaker and mental health advocate) and chronicles her struggle with mental health challenges as a young adult and her journey in recovery. The post also offers advice for young people struggling with similar challenges. 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, 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.