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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
January/February 2009, Volume 17, Number 1 

Dr. Phil Promotes Lifeline on YouTube

Dr. Phil McGraw encourages people to call 1-800-273-TALK, SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in a new video posted on Lifeline’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/800273TALK.

Dr. Phil is a clinical psychologist with a syndicated daily talk show, “Dr. Phil,” now in its sixth season.

In the video, one of five official videos posted to the Lifeline channel, he talks about why people should reach out if they are in suicidal crisis or emotional distress and how there is no shame in asking for help.

The clip was taken from a “Dr. Phil” episode about suicidal behaviors, which featured guest Dr. Thomas Joiner, a Lifeline Steering Committee member. The video has garnered more than 1,200 views in the month since it was posted.

Lifeline’s YouTube channel includes suicide warning signs, videos, and links to Lifeline resources.

See SAMHSA’s suicide prevention matrix page for more information about the Agency’s efforts to prevent suicide.




  New Tools for the Field  
Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Fourteen new informational briefs can help employers address substance use problems.

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Build and strengthen an Assertive Community Treatment team using a new toolkit.

TIP 48: Managing Depressive Symptoms

Managing Depressive Symptoms

Depressive symptoms can interfere with your clients’ recovery and ability to participate in treatment.


  Special Populations  
Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Think drug abuse is just a problem among adolescents and college kids? Many adults age 50 and older report substance abuse.


  Suicide Prevention  
Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance abuse is a major risk factor for suicide. Experts weigh in on how to address the problem.

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

What do you do if you think someone on YouTube may be at risk for suicide?

Dr. Phil Promotes Lifeline on YouTube

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline took center stage when it was promoted as a resource on “Dr. Phil.”


  Recovery  
2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

Recovery Month celebrates its 20th year in September!


  Trends and Data  
Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth show declines in cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use from 2002 to 2007.

Marijuana & Adolescents

Marijuana & Adolescents

There’s a connection between use of marijuana by young people and their perceptions of how risky that use may be.

Serious Psychological Distress

Serious Psychological Distress

In 2007, 24.3 million adults age 18 or older experienced past-year serious psychological distress.


  Also In This Issue  
Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Tune in to the new monthly Webcast series and share your opinions about things you read.

Introducing Our Print Redesign

Introducing Our Print Redesign

SAMHSA News in print has a whole new look! Find out what we changed and why.



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