Announcements

  • August 25, 2014
    Q&A: Helping Families Protect Themselves From Recurring Trauma
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This interview with Laurel Kiser, of the University of Maryland’s Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center, discusses the potential negative effects of anticipatory stress and highlights Strengthening Family Coping Resources, a multi-week program that Kiser and her colleagues facilitate that helps families deal with recurring stressors. Learn more.

  • August 19, 2014
    Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    This resource list provides information for professionals who are working with youth who have arrived in the United States without caregivers. These resources address the trauma that many unaccompanied and immigrant minors have experienced due to war or persecution, abuse, trafficking, and violence and the impact these experiences can have on their mental and physical health. Learn more.

  • August 19, 2014
    Psychological First Aid Kit
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This article provides information about Psychological First Aid (PFA), an approach to helping people of all ages deal with trauma-related stress. As the article explains, Psychological First Aid for Schools brings this model into schools to help students, staff, and family members cope with feelings of fear, trauma, and stress brought on by emergencies. Learn more.  

  • August 19, 2014
    Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: A Fact Sheet for Teachers and School Staff
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Developed by the Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Mis­souri and funded by SAMHSA, this resource provides an overview of how media coverage of disasters may affect children and adolescents (PDF, 4 pages) and strategies that teachers, counselors, social workers, and other staff can use to help children and adolescents cope with their emotional reactions to the coverage. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages).   

  • August 19, 2014
    Emergency Department Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Have Increased
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    As this report illustrates, drug-related emergency department visits involving suicide attempts (PDF, 1 page) have increased in recent years, with a 58% increase seen in visits involving patients ages 18-29 between 2005 and 2011. Learn more (PDF, 1 page).  

  • August 11, 2014
    Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives
    Agencies/Departments: Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma

    This report illustrates how trauma-informed approaches (PDF, 77 pages) to serving women and girls have been implemented across more than a dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices through multiple projects, programs, and initiatives. Learn more (PDF, 77 pages). 

  • August 11, 2014
    Three Words Everyone With Mental Illness Should Learn
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post describes the mental and physical health struggles that activist Jessica Gimeno experienced as a young person with bipolar disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and myasthenia gravis and shares how asking for help was the key to her success in school and life. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    Copies Available: Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Copies from the second printing of Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools are now available for order. This free toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    Serious Mental Health Challenges Among Older Adolescents and Young Adults
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This report illustrates the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders among older adolescents and young adults (PDF, 14 pages).The report also describes how these challenges can affect their successful transition to adulthood in terms of residential stability, education, health insurance coverage, and involvement with the justice system. Learn more (PDF, 14 pages). 

  • August 5, 2014
    From Youth to Adulthood: Offering Help
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    The Summer 2014 edition of SAMHSA News describes the difficulties that many young people with mental health challenges face once they “age out” and are no longer eligible for children’s mental health services. This edition also highlights SAMHSA’s Emerging Adults Initiative, which aims to address these challenges by helping young people with mental health issues transition into successful adulthood. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    New Online Course from SAMHSA: Managing Anger
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This free online course uses a cognitive behavioral approach to working with angry clients. This course covers a range of topics, including how people respond to getting angry, how to manage anger from people with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, and how to assess anger and readiness for anger treatment. The course may be useful for behavioral health service providers, human resource and other managers, school teachers and administrators, and professionals working in the criminal justice system. 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.