SAMHSA In Brief
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2013
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. Awareness Day was held on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
For more information visit National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.
National Prevention Week, May 12 – 18, 2013
National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships. National Prevention Week supports the concept that effective prevention of mental and substance use disorders requires consistent action. Additionally, National Prevention Week raises awareness about substance abuse and mental health, and garners public support through local events and nationwide participation.
Learn more about the annual National Prevention Week observance.
Two New SAMHSA Resources Now Available in Spanish:
SAMHSA recently published "Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol, or Mental Health Problem?" and "Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster Fact Sheet" in Spanish. Both products are now available on the SAMHSA store.
Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol, or Mental Health Problem?
(¿Deberia usted hablar con alguien sobre un problema relacionado con las drogas, el alcohol o la salud mental?)
Many people struggle with both a substance use and a mental disorder. For individuals who suffer from both, receiving treatment for both is important for getting better. This brochure lists questions consumers can ask themselves to help them decide whether to seek help for a substance abuse problem, a mental health issue, or both. The brochure urges those who answer "yes" to any of the questions to seek help and lists resources for more information on treatment for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
Spanish Version | English Version
Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster Fact Sheet
(Sugerencias para hablar con niños y jóvenes y ayudarlos a hacer frente a un desástre o un evento traumático: una guía para padres, cuidadores y maestros)
Children and youth can face emotional strains after a traumatic event such as a car crash or violence. Disasters also may leave them with long-lasting harmful effects.
When children experience a trauma, watch it on TV, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious. Young people react to trauma differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help coping.
This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers recognize common reactions children of different age groups (preschool and early childhood to adolescence) experience after a disaster or traumatic event. Also included are tips for how to respond in a helpful way and when to seek support.
Spanish Version | English Version