You’ve probably noticed that we’ve transformed SAMHSA.gov (and if you haven’t, we’ll wait here while you check it out). We’re excited to present the newly redesigned website, which we created with you in mind. Based on customer feedback, we designed a website that’s organized to make it easier for you to find the information and resources you need.
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October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). This national observance calls attention to the essential role substance use prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.The theme for this year’s observance is Prevent. Achieve. Succeed. We know that substance use can stand in the way of academic achievement and success. In addition, poor grades and disinterest in school increase the chances that a teen will use harmful substances.
This week, SAMHSA released its strategic plan for the next four years, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015 – 2018 (Leading Change 2.0).
What is SAMHSA's position on marijuana and the use of federal program dollars to prevent its use among youth and young adults? Simply put, SAMHSA wholeheartedly supports efforts by its grantees and stakeholders to promote clear and consistent prevention messages about the dangers and levels of risk around marijuana to parents, youth, young adults, community members, and the general public.
From September 21-27, we celebrate Bisexuality Awareness Week. In honor of this upcoming event, I’d like to talk about the “B” in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Did you know that, of all those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, half identify as bisexual? That means the “B” the largest segment of the LGBT community.
Throughout the month of September, communities across the country have come together to observe the 25th annual National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). Community events are the cornerstone of Recovery Month and provide a setting celebrate the successes of people who are in recovery. As individuals and communities across the country unite to speak up about behavioral health conditions and the reality of recovery, I invite you to join the movement and participate in Recovery and Health: Echoing Through the Community, a nationwide webcast.