Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) often are the least likely of the racial and ethnic groups to seek mental health care. Research indicates that they do not seek mental health services due to risk factors like lack of insurance, not knowing where to find appropriate services, cultural norms, language barriers, and negative attitudes towards seeking help. Even as one of the fastest growing minority populations, AANHPIs are a population often overlooked in national discussions of mental health, especially the mental health of AANHPI boys and men.In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, SAMHSA has developed two briefs on the behavioral health of AANHPI boys and young men:
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In the United States, non-medical prescription opioid use is a major public health concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that opioids, including prescription medications and heroin, killed more than 30,000 Americans in 2015. Almost half of those deaths involved prescription medication. To address this crisis, states have exercised a number of strategies to prevent prescription drug overdose.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month—a time to focus on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems across our nation. One place where alcohol has long been a problem is on college campuses.
Although college students drink less today, they still consume alcohol at alarming rates. Roughly 58 percent of college students ages 18 to 22 drink alcohol in any given month. When compared to others their age, full-time college students are far more likely to binge drink or drink heavily1. To prevent unsafe drinking behaviors and reduce campus drinking even further, states and college communities are using more creative prevention strategies.
I am person in long term recovery, meaning I haven’t used alcohol or drugs in over 23 years. When I started on my recovery journey, there was no “recovery movement” and we did not talk about being in recovery. We were silent. Today, I am proud to be a part of the ever-growing recovery movement in our country.
On October 4th, tens of thousands of people representing organizations and families from the prevention, treatment, criminal justice, health and recovery communities across the country will UNITE to Face Addiction on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
We are coming together to end the silence and let policymakers, the media, our friends, families, co-workers, and neighbors know that addiction is preventable and treatable that people can and do recover when they get the help they need.