A recent column in the New York Times by David Brooks (“The Psych Approach,” Sept. 27, 2012) provides key insight on how children who experience serious difficulties in youth, such as experiencing trauma, often end up as adults challenged with major obstacles to success such as failure in school, substance abuse, mental illnesses, health risk behavior, chronic disease, and each of these ultimately contribute to early mortality. Brooks cites the seminal CDC-funded Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study by Vince Felitti and Robert Anda (http://acestudy.org/) on the relationship between early adverse experiences and later behavioral and health problems.
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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Are We Making Progress in Reducing Mental Health Disparities?
Written By: Larke Huang and Michelle Flores, Office of Behavioral Health Equity July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This gives us an opportunity to pause and ask ourselves: are we making progress in meeting the mental health needs of our diverse racial and ethnic populations across the country.
Written By: Brian Altman, Legislative Director, SAMHSAJune is LGBT Pride Month and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration recognizes the importance of ensuring equity and meeting the behavioral health needs of the LGBT community.SAMHSA’s mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities includes the LGBT community. SAMHSA has developed manuals, training curriculums, treatment protocols and toolkits to address training needs.
Written By: Wilma Townsend, Acting Associate Director, Office of Consumer Affairs, Center for Mental Health ServicesCalling all behavioral health advocates! SAMHSA is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Voice Awards. The awards honor leaders in the field of behavioral health, as well as leaders in the entertainment industry, who play a vital role in educating the public about the real and uplifting experiences of people in recovery. Once again, winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony—now in its 7th year—at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Calif.
Happy New Year! 2012 marks an important milestone for the behavioral health field. This year, SAMHSA turns 20!The past 20 years have been very, very eventful for behavioral healthcare. In fact, these years have been so eventful that 1992 and 2012 bear very little resemblance to each other.