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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2008, Volume 16, Number 5 

Helping Children of Military Families

SAMHSA, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal agencies offer resources that parents, educators, and other concerned adults can use to help children through the challenges of a parent’s deployment.

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The following Web sites were recommended at a breakout session at the recent “Paving the Road Home” conference.

VA Kids offers information appropriate for children in kindergarten through grade 12. A section is also devoted to resources for teachers, providing ideas for activities and age-appropriate information about returning veterans and their needs.

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind the hit children’s television show “Sesame Street.” The Web site offers three downloadable videos, “Deployments,” “Homecomings,” and “Changes,” featuring some favorite characters dealing with some of the tough issues military children face.

Companion videos and other materials, including a magazine, facilitator guide, and children’s poster, are available for caregivers.

Military Child Education Coalition is a nonprofit organization that identifies the challenges facing the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities, and initiates programs to meet the challenges. Its goal is to help military children achieve success wherever they are located around the world. Materials available for educators and caregivers include informational booklets, suggested children’s books, and training courses.

Talk, Listen, Connect – click to view Web site

Zero to Three is a nonprofit organization that includes Coming Together Around Military Families, an initiative that increases awareness of the impact of trauma, grief, and loss on very young children, through specialized training and support for the professionals who are supporting military families. Materials include downloadable letters for pediatricians to explain what is happening in the child’s life.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a nonprofit organization that provides a support network for the surviving families of those who have died in military service. Resources are provided on numerous topics, including suicide, grief support, trauma support, and peer support.

SAMHSA’s Web page for veterans includes resources for veterans and their families.


Grant Awards Announced

SAMHSA recently announced grant awards for programs related to children's mental health, suicide, drug-free communities, and others.

Grant Awards Update

  National Survey on Drug Use  
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Youth Substance Use Declines

From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, new national data show a drop in illicit drug use among youth and an increase in adult prescription drug misuse.

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Drugs and Youth: Chart Shows 2002 to 2007 Data

Marijuana, cocaine—changes in use of selected illicit drugs among youth, 2002 versus 2007.

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Recovery Month Testimonials

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  Mental Health  
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Making Mental Health Services Accessible

Can primary care doctors help with mental health problems? New strategies to overcome barriers associated with reimbursement.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Disclosure

What are the risks and benefits of revealing a mental health problem to friends or coworkers?

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Bullying: Starting the Conversation

Bullies are out there—SAMHSA resources can help parents and educators address the problem.

  Substance Abuse  
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Mutual Support Groups: Fact Sheet for Providers

What do you know about mutual support groups? Providers can help connect clients with groups that help people achieve recovery.

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First-Time Versus Repeat Admissions

New SAMHSA data reveal characteristics of first-time and repeat admissions to substance abuse treatment.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

Registry Posts 100th Evidence-Based Practice

NREPP reaches a milestone—find out how the Registry can link communities to interventions specific to their needs.

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