By: Lisa Rubenstein, Government Project Officer, Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationToday, at the 2014 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) national launch event, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is shining a light on the importance of peer support for young adults with behavioral health conditions. This year’s event is focusing on youth and young adults (ages 16-25) who have mental and/or substance use disorders.
Main page content
The transition to adulthood is an exciting time that is full of possibilities. However, young adulthood can also be a time of uncertainty and challenge. Challenges can include what to do about school or a job, where to live, or how to make decisions about health care. Young people who have mental and/or substance use disorders may find this transition especially difficult or overwhelming.Peer support is critical in making the transition to adulthood easier for young people with behavioral health conditions. To highlight the importance of peer support, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making it the national focus of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2014.
Lights, Camera, Action: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Latest “Talk. They Hear You.” Public Service Announcement
By: Robert M. Vincent, M.S.Ed., Public Health Analyst, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Talk. They Hear You.” underage drinking prevention campaign features new strategies and tools to reach parents and caregivers in 2014. Since being launched last May, the Campaign has made more than 1 billion impressions and its message is now present all across the country.
By: Kathleen SebeliusSecretary of the Department of Health and Human ServicesFar too many children—especially those known to the child welfare system—have experienced trauma related to neglect, exposure to violence, physical and sexual abuse, and psychological maltreatment. Rates of trauma exposure, for example, are approximately 90% among children in foster care. But despite the amazing work of the dedicated professionals who care for these vulnerable children, we know there’s more we can do.
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) is May 9, 2013. Click here for more information about Awareness Day.
In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Awareness Day activities are focusing on the importance of social connectedness—a sense of community—in building resilience in young adults with mental health and substance use challenges between the ages of 16 and 24 years old.
Too often, children and youth with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders are subject to seclusion and restraint (SR) in settings that are intended to help children and promote their healthy development. Once thought to be “therapeutic” techniques, we now recognize these as non-therapeutic, often re-traumatizing for the youth, and disruptive of a therapeutic relationship. Use of restraints can often result in injuries to both the child and the staff and even deaths. A front page article in today’s Washington Post reported on alleg