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on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:50


Upcoming Task Force Webinar - Preventing Suicide among Justice-Involved Youth: Newly Developed Tools, Recommendations, and Research on 4/17

New Blog Post - National Summit on Lived Experience in Suicide Prevention  

Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy - Applications due by 4/15

Upcoming Juvenile Justice Webinar

An April 17 webinar will focus on preventing suicide among justice-involved youth and will highlight new resources from our Youth in Contact with Juvenile Justice Task Force. The webinar is the first in a series hosted by SAMHSA & the Action Alliance. Juvenile justice, suicide prevention, and mental health stakeholders on the Federal, state, and local levels are encouraged to attend.

Blog Post Highlights Landmark Lived Experience Meeting

On March 5-6, members of the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force and representatives from the Zero Suicide priority met for the first time to discuss how the expertise of those with lived experience of suicide can inform the development of better supports and services in clinical settings. Action Alliance members Eduardo Vega, John Draper, and David Covington write about the significance of perhaps the first meeting of its kind in "Lighting the Way Forward: The National Summit on Lived Experience in Suicide Prevention". 

Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy

The Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy, to be conducted June 26-27, 2014 in Washington, DC, will provide the tools and support for organizations to adopt approaches to dramatically reduce suicide among people under care. Agency leadership teams will learn the seven dimensions of Zero Suicide and collaborate with faculty to develop their own action plan. 
Eligible organizations are health care or behavioral health organizations that provide an array of community-based clinical services. Applicants/participants must come with teams of 3-6 individuals. Organizations who should apply are those who are ready to adopt and implement a Zero Suicide approach. Applications can be submitted from state departments of health or mental health, behavioral health organizations, integrated delivery systems, federal qualified health centers, or private insurers.

New Six-Part Webinar Series on Girls' Behavioral Health

on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:24
This February, SAMHSA will launch the Girls Matter! webinar series to discuss challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls. "We know that professionals working with adolescents are eager to learn more about the unique needs of girls ages 12–18 and how these unique needs impact their behavioral health and development," said SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator and Associate Administrator for Women's Services, Kana Enomoto. Girls Matter! features a 90-minute webinar each month covering a related behavioral health topic.
First Webinar on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls
More Webinars in the Series
  • The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (Thursday, March 13, 2014)
  • Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)
  • Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)
  • Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
  • The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (Thursday, July 24, 2014)

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on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 21:53

Send a Lifeline

on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 16:58
As you know, it can be hard to know how to help someone who is struggling or even thinking about suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is trying to make reaching out to a friend a little easier by creating Lifeline E-Cards.
With just a few clicks, you can send a free Lifeline E-Card for sympathy over a death of a loved one, to offer emotional support, or to simply tell someone you're thinking of them. Since finding the right words to say can be a struggle in and of itself, the Lifeline E-Cards have a variety of customizable messages. One you click send, in addition to an uplifting card and comforting message, your friend will also receive a link to chat with a crisis counselor along with the Lifeline's 24/7 hotline number.

Ayuda a Alguien (Help Someone Now)

on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 15:11
Si alguien se encuentra en riesgo inmediato, llama al 911. No dejes a la persona a solas- siempre y cuando tú estés a salvo al estar con ellos.
Si tu puedes alentar a el o a ella a conversar, hazlo con calma y compasión. El escuchar a alguien que esta sufriendo de manera empática, puede ser un momento crucial para alentarlo de que el suicidio no es la respuesta. Si puedes, siempre y cuando te mantengas a salvo, separa a la persona de los medios de suicidio como las pastillas o armas. 
Asistencia por teléfono esta disponible 24/7/365 mediante la Línea Nacional de Prevención de Suicidio en el teléfono 1-800-273-TALK o en el sitio de Internet
Trabajadores entrenados pueden hablar con individuos que están considerando el suicidio y con sus amigos y parientes que están preocupados. Los trabajadores pueden proveer sugerencias para ayudarte a ti mismo o a alguien que amas; además, te pueden proporcionar información acerca de apoyos y servicios cercanos en tu área.