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).
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A behavioral health crisis is not the inevitable consequence of mental illness. But when one does occur, many factors can contribute, including lack of access to essential services and supports, poverty, unstable housing, coexisting mental illness and substance use disorders, other health problems, discrimination, and victimization.
Such a crisis can manifest in a variety of ways, such as social withdrawal, emotional distress, agitation, substance use, or impulses to self-harm. Too often, public systems only think of a situation where someone is a “danger to self or others” constitutes a behavioral health crisis. In reality, an individual and their family may be experiencing a behavioral health crisis even if an individual poses no such danger.
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
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
Cross-posted from HHS News: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPosttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country’s service men and women to abused children and survivors of rape, domestic violence and natural disasters. During PTSD Awareness Month in June, and throughout the year, we recognize the millions of Americans who experience this challenging and debilitating condition.PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through an event that caused or threatened serious harm or death.
AWARENESS: Understanding the Link Between Life Experiences and Behavioral Health Could Lengthen Your Life!
Interested in living longer? For survivors of violence, abuse, neglect, disaster, terrorism, and war, understanding the nature and impact of these traumas and working through the healing process is the key.May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. This is a time when we reflect on research, weigh in on prevention measures, and encourage Americans to think about and act on their mental health and wellness. The link between trauma and behavioral health (mental health and substance use) is still not universally recognized, yet the common methods of coping (e.g.
Written By: Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., SAMHSA AdministratorFor the past seven years SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) has celebrated the resilience of young people, especially those young people who have mental health challenges.