Living wellness means balancing the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, financial, occupational, and environmental dimensions of your life. Practicing wellness is essential to behavioral health. People with mental and/or substance use disorders die earlier than the general population, making wellness especially important for those with a behavioral health condition.But how do we incorporate wellness into our everyday lives? Getting involved in National Wellness Week 2014 is a great place to start!
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Heroin use and deaths related to prescription opioid use are on the rise in the U.S. As a result, overdose treatments like naloxone, which can help revive people in the throes of an opioid overdose, are attracting increased interest. A number of community-based harm reduction organizations are working to prevent overdose deaths through public education and naloxone distribution programs. SAMHSA has also released an overdose prevention toolkit, which includes prevention strategies and rescue steps to take when an overdose occurs.
Sunday, August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day. In recognition of this day we would like to turn our attention to the faces behind the overdose statistics.You have no doubt heard that in 2011 more Americans died every day from drug overdoses than from traffic crashes. And that half of those overdoses involved opioids, a class of drugs that includes heroin and prescription painkillers.
We would like to take a moment to talk about the people behind these data.
We greatly appreciate the willingness of parents to share their stories of loss with us. It goes without saying that family and friends who have lost a loved one due to overdose are heartbroken. And they are desperate to make sure no one else experiences what they have.
Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher. Your child is listening and remembering your advice, even when it seems like he/she is not paying attention. In fact, spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.So, what will you say? KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying.
Tonight, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host the 2014 Voice Awards at Royce Hall on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. If you’re not in the Los Angeles area and unable to attend the event in person, you can still watch the action live! The event will be live-streamed from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. PT).
The number of Americans who die by suicide continues to increase. In 2011, suicide accounted for 39,518 deaths in the United States1. In 2012, an estimated 9 million adults, aged 18 and older, reported having serious thoughts of suicide2. The loss of someone to suicide affects family, friends, coworkers, and others in the community. Family and friends may experience a range of painful emotions, such as shock, anger, guilt, and depression3. Yet, this doesn’t have to be. SAMHSA and its partners are working to reduce deaths by suicide nationwide