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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2010, Volume 18, Number 4 

a cleanup worker holding plastic bags on the beach

Tip Sheets for Parents, Response Workers, the Public

SAMHSA adapted several disaster response tip sheets to address the stress, grief, and fear people may be feeling in the Gulf Coast region and elsewhere.

All tip sheets—available in English, Cambodian, Haitian/Creole, Lao, Spanish, and Vietnamese—include contact information for SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Agency’s Treatment Referral Helpline (1-800-662-HELP).

For Educators and Parents

Children may feel frightened, confused, and insecure because of the change caused by the oil spill, and they may react differently than adults. One report out of Florida described children getting very upset when a dead baby dolphin washed up on the beach.

Two tip sheets offer guidance to parents, administrators, and educators as to how to best help children—from preschoolers to adolescents—cope with the disaster.

cover of tip sheet for parents and educators—click to view publication

cover of tip sheet for disaster response workers—click to view publication

Download:

Tips for Talking to Students About the Oil Spill Disaster: A Guide for Teachers and School Administrators
Note: This tip sheet will be available on the SAMHSA Web site soon.

Tips for Talking to Children & Youth About the Oil Spill Disaster: A Guide for Parents and Educators

Tips for Talking to Children & Youth About the Oil Spill Disaster: Interventions at Home for Preschoolers to Adolescents

For Disaster Response Workers

The men and women working to clean up the Gulf Coast, including trying to save the lives of birds, reptiles, and other marine life, are under unique stress that can take its toll. SAMHSA provides information for managing and relieving stress (for organizations and for individuals).

Another concern is that relief workers may turn to alcohol or drug abuse to cope. A tip sheet offers warning signs to watch for.

Download:

Tips for Oil Spill Disaster Response Workers: Possible Signs of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Tips for Oil Spill Disaster Response Workers: Managing and Preventing Stress for Managers and Workers

For the General Public

Everyone may feel emotional about the oil spill—two tip sheets offer ways to manage stress and deal with grief.

Download:

Tips for Coping with the Oil Spill Disaster: Managing Your Stress

Tips for Dealing with Grief Due to the Oil Spill Disaster

For more resources, visit SAMHSA’s Web page devoted to the oil spill.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response

SAMHSA efforts make behavioral health a top priority.



  From the Administrator  
Coping with the Oil Spill

Coping with the Oil Spill

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., talks about participating in public forums in the Gulf states. Read more.

What’s in a Term:  Latest Responses

What’s in a Term: Latest Responses

SAMHSA has received more than 250 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Recovery Month  
Ready for Recovery Month?

Ready for Recovery Month?

September is here! Visit RecoveryMonth.gov for details on the biggest celebration yet!



  Multicultural Outreach & Data  
Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

For Chinese, Hispanic, and Native young adults, new public service campaigns focus on mental health.


  Trauma  
Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

When children lose loved ones, what happens then? Also read about creating a trauma narrative.

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health for Service Members

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health

SAMHSA recently convened a Policy Academy to help soldiers as they return from the battlefield.


  Trends  
Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

More treatment admissions report abuse of pain relievers.

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Marked changes have occurred in admissions for substance abuse treatment in the past 10 years.


  Statistics  
In the ER:  Reports on Suicide Attempts

In the ER: Reports on Suicide Attempts

What substances showed up in emergency rooms related to suicide attempts by adolescents and young adults?

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

State-level analyses update data on alcohol abuse, cocaine, pain relievers, and more.


  Women & Substance Abuse  
New Data on  Women Who Work Full Time

New Data on Women Who Work Full Time

How does employment affect women’s substance abuse and treatment?


  Suicide Prevention  
Remember the Lifeline!

Remember the Lifeline!

Feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless? Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


  Medicaid  
Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Read about a program that helped increase Medicaid enrollment by 17 percent.


  Other News  
Treatment Directory Available

Treatment Directory Available

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2010 is now available.

Entertainment Industry Meets with Treatment Experts

SAMHSA’s Dr. H. Westley Clark participated in an expert panel to discuss accurate depictions of substance abuse in entertainment.



  


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