SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2019 event, “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work,” took place on May 6.
On Monday, May 6, 2019, SAMHSA hosted Awareness Day 2019 at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide.
That’s why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) made suicide prevention the focus of its National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2019 event. “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work” showcased evidence-based strategies that can save lives and provided resources to connect those in need to information, services, and supports.
SAMHSA’s event included suicide prevention experts and federal agency personnel, along with a family member and youth who shared stories about how evidence-based practices saved children’s lives and put them on a path to recovery.
The event served as a launch for activities being held across the country throughout the month. States, tribes, territories, and communities across the nation are encouraged to host events and activities around children’s mental health throughout the month of May.
The event was SAMHSA’s 14th annual observance of Awareness Day. The overall goals of this year’s Awareness Day observance were to:
- Showcase evidence-based best practices in the field of children’s mental health;
- Encourage child-serving providers to collaborate with family and youth leaders to meet the needs of children, youth, and young adults with severe emotional disturbance and their families; and
- Educate the public about the importance of seeking mental health services when needed.
Additional Background Information
- Read Dr. Anita Everett’s blog post, Shining a Light on Suicide Prevention Strategies.
- Read Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz’s blog post, Mental Health Awareness Month: Focusing on Suicide Prevention Strategies for our Youth.
- Access evidence-based resources for suicide prevention developed by SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center and other suicide prevention organizations and experts.
- Stay tuned for the Awareness Day 2019 Final Report later this summer.
Watch the on-demand webcast of SAMHSA’s event to learn about the latest evidence-based practices and resources for suicide prevention.