Cindy Kemp helps people with serious mental illnesses get the help, treatment services and recovery supports they need, so they can lead healthy lives.
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Substance misuse is a major issue on college campuses. Young adults, including college students, have the highest rates of behavioral health needs and the lowest rates of help-seeking behavior.We’re confronting these problems head on. I’m pleased to share that SAMHSA has a new information kit aimed at college and university prevention practitioners, health center staff and administrators. The Behavioral Health Among College Students Information & Resource Kit—which includes fact sheets, extensive resources, PowerPoint slides, and more—supports substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion initiatives on college and university campuses.
Work or other meaningful activity is an essential component of recovery. That’s why I applaud the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) for focusing on mental health in the workplace on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2017. In conjunction with the event, the WFMH released a comprehensive report looking at the issue from the perspective of workers, employers, and the world economy. Supporting people in entering or remaining in the workforce boosts the economy and reduces societal costs, and helps people maintain recovery.
It is one thing to hear in the abstract that America suffers from a stubbornly high rate of suicide and suicide attempts. But when it hits home—as it did for me years ago when a young neighbor, struggling with serious mental illness, died from suicide—we realize we have to ask some tough questions.
SAMHSA Welcomes Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Justine Larson, Senior Medical Advisor for the Center for Mental Health Services
Over the past 25 years, CMHS has worked to develop and implement behavioral health treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for Americans with mental disorders and addictions. Our work will soon get a bigger boost with the appointment of child and adolescent psychiatrist, Justine Larson, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S. as our new Senior Medical Advisor.Dr. Larson’s expertise and leadership will be invaluable in applying a clinical lens across a broad spectrum of mental health programs. She will provide her medical and clinical expertise particularly in programs to support services for people with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. She will help formulate public health policy initiatives and provide clinical expertise to senior leaders and program staff. Dr.