(Nellie Bowles, <re/code> Tech News) On confessional sites like Whisper, Yik Yak and Secret, where everything from gossip to flirting flourishes under the cover of anonymity, sometimes users feel comfortable confessing their darkest secrets. For site managers, the toughest to handle are the ones about suicide.
Whisper alone has referred more than 40,000 users to suicide hotlines.
With a $1 million donation from Whisper founders Michael Heyward and Brad Brooks, the company is launching a nonprofit site for emotional help, called YourVoice, on Thursday.
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration has created an Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy to be the main point of contact with American-Indian governments and communities. Here is the announcement from SAMHSA Adminstrator, Pamela Hyde, J.D.
- Dear Friends,
This past June, President Obama, accompanied by the First Lady, made a trip to Indian Country. During the trip, the President announced several initiatives that build on the significant progress the Administration has made in the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations, and he also acknowledged the work that remains. SAMHSA has an important responsibility to build on our good work to promote prosperous and resilient tribal nations.
In support of the President's initiatives, SAMHSA has created the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP) to serve as SAMHSA's primary point of contact for tribal governments, tribal organizations, federal departments and agencies, and other governments and agencies on behavioral health issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations in the United States. Establishing OTAP will support SAMHSA's efforts to advance development and implementation of data-driven policies and innovative practices that promote improved behavioral health for AI/AN communities and populations.
OTAP will bring together SAMHSA's tribal affairs, tribal policy, tribal consultation, tribal advisory, and Tribal Law and Order Act responsibilities to improve agency coordination and meaningful progress. I have asked the new OTAP to work collaboratively with SAMHSA's centers and offices, as well as other federal agencies. I look forward to the meaningful progress that SAMHSA will make in partnership with tribal nations.
Special thanks to Network faithful Graham Jones for sharing his latest film with us. The fifth feature from Graham Jones, award-winning Irish film director, 'Davin', examines the reaction of an Irishman’s friends and family to the news of his suicide. It is being made freely available online in 136 countries in advance of World Suicide Prevention Day 2014.
The movie features a large ensemble cast of Irish actors who feel it’s deeply important to draw attention to this issue.
- 'It’s a great idea to have a specific date every year when the issue of suicide is highlighted,' says Jones. 'However, sometimes it feels as if the day just comes and goes without enough attention from those of us outside the support services. This small indie movie is a humble attempt as filmmakers, actors and musicians to send a message to anyone who may be at risk of entering this emotional space. You are not alone.'
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on September 10th every year, in order to provide international commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the globe.
This year's theme is 'Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.' The suggestion is that combating suicide requires connections on many levels: social, clinical and cultural.
2014 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series
- Webinar 1: Building the Case for Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children in Rural Communities
August 20, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
- Participants will learn about the social determinants of health and their impact on the behavioral health and well-being of children, youth and families living in rural communities;
- Participants will learn practical strategies for the implementation of a public health framework in effectively addressing those social determinants impacting children's behavioral health and well-being and for reducing disparities;
- Participants will learn about work in a rural community that has successfully implemented a Regional Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program that addresses health determinants.
The behavioral health and well-being of any community and its members is significantly connected to the social and physical contexts in which the community exists and its members’ function. In essence, these contexts refer to social determinants or social factors that impact behavioral health outcomes and well-being either positively or negatively. This webinar will discuss the impact of social determinants and provide strategies for addressing the negative impact of certain social determinants on children, youth and families in rural communities with a special focus on infants, toddlers and preschool age children and their families. Additionally, the webinar will engage participants in discussion about how to effectively use available tools and strategies to reduce disparities and improve outcomes.
This webinar addresses strategies for meeting the cross-system needs of young people with mental health conditions in the transition years. Presenters will begin with a brief review of the challenges resulting from service fragmentation and varied eligibility criteria. Then they will share innovative collaborative and service integration strategies developed by staff at the Early Assessment and Support Alliance, a statewide initiative in Oregon with the EASA Center for Excellence (technical assistance) located in Portland and Thresholds Youth Programs in Chicago. The webinar will also feature a young adult perspective on involvement in services and will conclude with recommendations for bridging service gaps.
We have another bumper crop of great apps for your smartphone from Network faithful "British Invasion." Enjoy!
- Smiling Mind AppSmiling Mind App (free)
This app is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.
- Take a Break! - Guided Meditations for Stress Relief App (free)
You can enjoy the deep relaxation, stress relief and benefits of meditation now
- BellyBio Interactive Breathing App (free)
Put the iPhone on your stomach. Breathe deeply. Enjoy...
(FOR ADVANCED BELLY-BREATHERS ONLY.)
- Health through Breath – Pranayama App ("Pay What You Want")
With Useful Health Tools, you create one account and get a suite of nine health apps to use on your computer, tablet and smartphone.
The nation has seen many school shootings over the past few years, and the trauma that ensues after each event is often hard to fully grasp. Mental Health professionals have been working hard to develop appropriate and useful responses and are getting better at mobilizing effective and coordinated crisis responses. One significant area of response that has been missing in the national quest for healing responses to these tragedies are efforts to provide healing for the school building where shootings have taken place. How do we rekindle feelings of safety and joy at school after a horrific tragedy has left its mark on the students who must spend the majority of their day there?
Martin Rafferty, Executive Director, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (and CMHNetwork Advisory Council member) has and idea and is making it work. Two months ago there was a shooting at Reynolds High School, in Multnomah County, Oregon. Since that time, Rafferty has been meeting with officials from the Reynolds School District, Multnomah County and the Oregon Health Authority to explore healing strategies for students at the school. Out of those meetings have come one of the most innovative approaches to trauma reduction we have seen in a long time. This past week, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon hosted a community response at Reynolds High School. The event was designed to help students reestablish positive feelings about the school building with a fun event, providing comfortable access to peer support specialists to help young people reestablish positive feelings about the school building.
Leave it to Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon to figure out how to combine Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift to design a Virtual Reality Ropes Course that offered students the healing opportunity to engage with their school in a positive and fun way.
Network faithful are encouraged contact Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon to learn more about what they do. Way to be innovative and a leader Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon!
Another great webinar from our friends at NASHP. Mark down August 14th on your calendar!
- Webinar: The Road to Evidence-Based Decision Making: Steps for Using Research to Inform State Policy
- Thursday, August 14, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern
- Register Here
- Join NASHP for a webinar introducing a new tool for state policymakers: A Roadmap for State Policymakers to Use Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Inform Decision Making. With support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), NASHP created this guide to assist states in making evidence-based policy decisions. This webinar will provide an overview of the Roadmap and discuss how policymakers can—and are—using research to inform their work.
People who have experienced trauma—especially chronic or repeated trauma—are at an elevated risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, and physical disorders and conditions. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 57, Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, provides evidence-based and best practice information for behavioral health practitioners and administrators working with people who have experienced trauma.
Using key trauma-informed principles, TIP 57 addresses trauma-related prevention, screening, assessment, intervention, and treatment issues and strategies. It includes key information to help practitioners and administrators become trauma aware and informed, and implement science-informed intervention strategies across settings and modalities in behavioral health services.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is pleased to announce the release of the report from the National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice. The report, Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform: Actionable Recommendations for Practice & Policy, is the culmination of tireless dedication and commitment from professionals who believe law enforcement can make a significant impact in improving outcomes for young people.
The summit report makes 33 recommendations for concrete actions that law enforcement leaders can take in collaboration with partners at the local, state, and national levels. The recommendations are divided into eight thematic areas:
- Making Juvenile Justice a Priority within Law Enforcement Agencies
- Building Partnerships Among Law Enforcement, Youth, and Their Families
- Collaboration and Information Sharing
- Promoting Alternatives to Arrest, Court Referral, and Detention
- Data Collection and Expanding Evidence-Based and Promising Initiatives
- Pathways to School Completion
- Responding to Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions and Trauma Histories
- Amplifying Law Enforcement’s Advocacy on Juvenile Justice Reform
Download the report here