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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

logos for the Lifeline, Facebook, and Twitter

Suicide Prevention Update: People Are Tweeting

Online activities performed by SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline are stronger than ever. By having a presence on the Web, Lifeline staff members let people know about this national, toll-free, confidential resource.

Twitter

According to Twitter data, approximately 43 percent of Lifeline tweets are “re-tweeted” compared to the average 4 percent. That means that of all the tweets posted by Lifeline, 43 percent of them are posted by other Twitter users to their own Twitter accounts.

Are you following Lifeline on Twitter? Join more than 700 people and get up-to-the-minute news and information about recent trends in suicide and what efforts are working to prevent loss of life.

Lifeline Gallery

The Lifeline Gallery is growing—you can now hear the stories of nearly 550 people. Remember to make your avatar and share your story of hope and recovery.

Everyone is welcome—from survivors of suicide loss or suicide attempts to people who work to prevent suicide.

Facebook

Become a fan of Lifeline—more than 2,500 people already have. If you are a fan, suggest to your friends and colleagues that they become one, too. Join the effort to spread the word online about life-saving help!

Find out more information about Lifeline. As always, if you or someone you know is in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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