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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2009, Volume 17, Number 4 

Additional Funding To Bolster Lifeline Crisis Centers

Effects of the economy are placing increased demands on crisis centers at the same time they face cutbacks from other funding sources.

SAMHSA is providing more than $1 million in additional funding to its National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) through a fiscal year 2009 supplement, to be overseen by the Agency’s Center for Mental Health Services.

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—click to view Web site

Many Lifeline centers must cope with a sharp rise in the number of callers in crisis, often because of financial problems. At the same time, these centers are threatened with significant cutbacks in funding from state and local governments and other sources of support.


Lifeline Network: 140 Centers in 48 States

Lifeline’s national network now has 140 crisis centers in 48 states. Lifeline strives to connect callers to network centers that can provide referrals to local services, allowing the caller to access continuing care after a crisis.

Data show calls into suicide crisis centers have increased during the past year—54,054 calls in the last recorded month—with between 20 to 30 percent of calls specifically linked to economic distress.

Web Site Redesign

If you haven’t visited the Lifeline Web site lately, go now! Lifeline recently launched a new design to deliver clear messaging to people in crisis and to make the site easier to navigate. Check out brand new content about how to get involved in suicide prevention and tips on helping online friends in suicidal crisis.

Have you made your avatar for the Lifeline Gallery? Go now to share your story along with more than 500 other people.

For more information, visit SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Web site.

  Statistics on Substance Abuse,  
  Mental Health  
State by State Estimates

State by State Estimates

Every state faces a different set of challenges with substance abuse and mental health issues, including binge drinking and depression.

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) recently updated its data on discharges from treatment facilities.

  Treatment Updates  
TIP 50: Literature Review

TIP 50: Literature Review

Part 3 of TIP 50, Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment, is available.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Need, Barriers

Many people who need treatment for an alcohol problem are not seeking help. Why?

National Directory Updated and Available

National Directory Updated and Available

An updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is available.

  Real Warrior Campaign  
Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

The Real Warriors Campaign is fighting the stigma of asking for help.

  Prevention Update  
Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail sales of tobacco products to young people continue to drop.

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parents play an important role in preventing substance abuse.

Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

New funding, Web site redesign to improve navigation, and more.

Prevention Awards

Prevention Awards

To advance community-based prevention programs, $190 million to 25 grantees.

Calculating Program Allotments

A new guide provides information on procedures to calculate allocations for some key block and formula grants.

Drug Free Communities: Continuation Awards

More than 500 community coalitions nationwide recently received Drug Free Communities (DFC) continuation awards for their programs.

  Health Reform  
Nine Core Principles

Nine Core Principles

Ensuring current reform efforts include mental health and substance abuse issues.

  Mental Health  
Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Changes are coming to create “whole health,” person-centered care.

  Adolescents & Young Adults  
Need Treatment? Many Say No

Need Treatment? Many Say No

Nearly 7 million Americans age 18 to 25 were classified as needing treatment in the past year.

  Recovery Month  
Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Get up–to–the–minute updates on September's events.

  Also in this Issue  
Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Does dad's drinking affect his adolescent children?

Methadone Advisory

New information on the dangers of methadone in combination with other drugs.

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