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Heat Health Awareness: Why it’s Important for Persons with Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Conditions, Caregivers and Health Care Providers

Wed, 05/10/2023 - 10:45 am

Happy Mother’s Day

Mon, 05/08/2023 - 3:06 pm

Mental Health Awareness Month is a Time for Self-Care

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 11:24 am

Supporting Mental Health of Immigrant Women

Mon, 03/27/2023 - 10:51 am

Digital Access: A Super Determinant of Health

Mon, 03/20/2023 - 10:47 am

Cancer Prevention and Heart Health — What Role Does Alcohol Play?

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 10:01 am

Celebrate MLK Day with Community Service for Recovery and Resiliency

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 1:44 pm

The Gift of Sober Driving

Thu, 12/08/2022 - 10:58 am

On World AIDS Day, SAMHSA Reaffirms Commitment to End the HIV Epidemic Through Equity & Innovation

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 10:51 am

Honoring Family Caregivers

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 9:35 am

Between Two Worlds - Being Native American and a Government Employee

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 8:35 am

Supporting the Behavioral Health Needs of Our Nation’s Veterans

Wed, 11/02/2022 - 9:59 am

Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

Mon, 10/03/2022 - 9:28 am

Suicide Warning Signs and Prevention Strategies for Older Adults

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 9:38 am

National Preparedness Month: Planning for Disasters and Emergencies

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 2:05 pm

Overdose Awareness Day: Remember. Act.

Mon, 08/29/2022 - 10:13 am

Addressing Disparities by Diversifying Behavioral Health Research

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 2:37 pm

Using Cuento to Support the Behavioral Health Needs of Hispanic/Latinos

Wed, 07/27/2022 - 9:21 am

Coping with Community Violence Together

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 10:06 am

In Celebration of the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Thu, 07/21/2022 - 10:05 am

On National HIV Testing Day, SAMHSA Encourages Everyone at Risk for HIV to Get Tested

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 11:02 am

SAMHSA Recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 10:53 am

Addressing Trauma and Mass Violence

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 3:57 pm

SAMHSA Celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:53 am

Minority Fellowship Program Aims to Reduce Health Disparities by Increasing Culturally Competent Providers

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 2:40 pm

Promoting Alcohol Misuse Prevention this April

Wed, 04/20/2022 - 10:35 am

LGBTQI+ Youth – Like All Americans, They Deserve Evidence-Based Care

Wed, 03/30/2022 - 7:10 pm

Making Prevention a Priority During National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week

Mon, 03/14/2022 - 11:05 am

Socializing Safely This Season: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Mon, 12/20/2021 - 9:47 am

SAMHSA Observes World AIDS Day with Renewed Commitment to Ending the HIV Epidemic

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 1:12 pm

Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 12:50 pm

Building Community Resilience – Prevention and Recovery Services Working Together

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 11:10 am

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 12:19 pm

Health Literacy: A Key to Good Health

Thu, 10/28/2021 - 10:27 am

Helping Your Children Build Resilience to Substance Use

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 10:57 am

SAMHSA’s Commitment to Suicide Prevention

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 10:49 am

Preventing Overdose and Death

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 1:32 pm

Celebrating the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Mon, 07/26/2021 - 1:17 pm

By Paolo del Vecchio, MSW; SAMHSA Executive Officer

As a person with lived experience of mental illness, addictions, and trauma, I consider July 26 - the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - to be our nation’s second Independence Day. For the millions of us with disabilities, it is a day to celebrate our freedom. Freedom from discrimination and the barriers that block our inclusion in community life. Freedom from unjustified segregation and institutionalization. Freedom to earn and to learn. Freedom to pursue recovery and receive services and supports – including mental health and addiction services – that help us participate fully in American life.
As an employee with SAMHSA for over 26 years, I am proud of our leadership in protecting the rights of people with mental illness and/or addictions including:

My Test, My Way – My contribution to Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.

Kristin Roha, MS, MPH, SAMHSA Public Health Advisor for HIV

On June 27th of each year, National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) reminds us of the importance of HIV testing and gives us the opportunity to share HIV testing resources. Getting tested for HIV is easy, fast, confidential, and safe, and is the first step in knowing your HIV status. For people who test positive for HIV, getting tested is the gateway to accessing lifesaving treatment. For people who test negative for HIV, getting tested can provide empowering information that can help make them decisions about sex, drug use, and health care. For people at risk for HIV, a negative test can also be the gateway to accessing powerful preventive tools, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). 

40 Years of Progress – It’s Time to End the HIV Epidemic

By Kristin Roha, MS, MPH, SAMHSA Public Health Advisor for HIV

June 5th marks 40 years since the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). June 5th also is observed as HIV Long-Term Survivor’s Day. On this 40th anniversary, SAMHSA commemorates the more than 32 million people, including 700,000 in the United States, who have died from AIDS-related illness globally since the start of the epidemic, and honors the resilience of long-term HIV survivors and the vital role they play within our communities.

By Victoria Chau, Social Science Analyst, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Perry Chan, Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity

By Anita Everett M.D. DFAPA, Director, Center for Mental Health Services

988: The New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number
The past several years have marked several groundbreaking developments with respect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK). In fiscal year (FY) 2001, SAMHSA awarded a competitive, discretionary grant to establish a network of crisis centers that would respond to crisis calls from their local communities, to ensure those crisis center counselors were trained, and that all crisis centers in the network met standards for accreditation. A single national number was established, which in 2005 became the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline; 800-273-8255 (TALK)). The Lifeline answered more than 2.1 million calls and 234,671 chats in FY 2020.

By Dona Dmitrovic, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced us to learn new ways of doing many things. Employees in some job sectors learned to work from home, while others had to find entirely new sources of income. Parents learned to be teachers for their kids, while teachers themselves learned to do their jobs in less-than-ideal remote environments. We figured out how to use technology to celebrate birthday parties, host award shows, and even conduct a presidential inauguration.
One thing we can do to benefit ourselves as a nation is talking with friends, family, and neighbors about underage drinking and adult problem drinking prevention.

Anita Everett M.D. DFAPA, Director, Center for Mental Health Services

National suicide rates are rising, and this is especially true for our nation’s youth suicide rate. Suicide is largely a preventable cause of death, and you are more able to help prevent it than you might think.
Suicide is the result of actions being connected to a self-harm idea.  Many more people think about suicide than those who die by suicide; however, no one dies by suicide without having thought about it first. There is a thinking-planning phase followed by an action phase. The thinking phase is different for different people: Sometimes it is recurring and intense. Other times it may be fleeting.
There is a suicide sequence that can be interrupted, and those interruptions can be lifesaving. There are several strategies for preventing suicide that have been developed for various settings.  Generally, there are several components in these trainings that aim to separate a person’s thinking of suicide from their acting on suicidal thoughts.

Roxana A. Hernandez, MPH, Shayla C. Anderson, MPH, CHES, Mary Roary, PhD, MBA - Oficina Equidad en Salud Mental (OBHE)

By Roxana A. Hernandez, MPH, Shayla C. Anderson, MPH, CHES, Mary Roary, PhD, MBA - Office of Behavioral Health Equity

By Robert Baillieu M.D., M.P.H., Physician and Senior Clinical and Practice Advisor,  Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

In managing or preventing substance use disorders, nothing should occur in isolation. People and systems of care are complex. They require frequent observation, assessment and understanding. To this end, systems focused on medical models, statistics and abstract ideas do not take fully into account the reality of a patient’s situation and place too great an emphasis on the individual as being the source of their own suffering. Such paradigms, while accepting that individuals must make their own health decisions, perhaps negate the influence of social systems and existing policy on health outcomes. In working towards the prevention of substance use disorders, it is important to appreciate those social determinants of health, policies and actions that precipitate adverse outcomes. Furthermore, empowering stakeholders to engage with clinicians and policy makers on issues related to treatment and prevention, is an essential step in understanding what is needed, and how best practices might be implemented.

By: Dona Dmitrovic, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
In a world filled with a seemingly endless number of troubling headlines, it seems that everyone is looking for a bit of good news these days. And here it is: Underage drinking and substance misuse prevention is making an impact across the country!
According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), instances of any alcohol use by individuals under age 21 have decreased since 2002. And between 2002 and 2019, current drinking by 12- to 20-year-olds declined from 29 percent to 19 percent.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to take time to celebrate the diverse, brilliant women across this nation who keep everything going at home and work, within community organizations and faith institutions, and in every aspect of life. We celebrate the women from our history who have helped to shape us as individuals and as a nation. We hope this note speaks in a positive way to every woman who reads or is served by this message.