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Volume 2, Issue 5                                                                                                                                            July 15, 2013
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NIMH Twitter Chat on PTSD: Archived
The transcription from the Twitter chat on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) expert Dr. Farris Tuma in recognition of National PTSD Awareness Day is now available
Archived Webcast: Recovery is a Famly Affair: The Complex Dynamics in Families Struggling with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
This webcast discusses the importance of engaging the entire family in the treatment and recovery process for the person with a mental illness or substance use disorder. It includes discussion of family issues in certain settings, such as military and nontraditional families. 


Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit: 2nd Edition now available

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Center has released the second edition of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit to assist those in the field of child welfare who wish to learn more about child welfare and trauma. The toolkit teaches basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who have experienced traumatic stress and who are in the child welfare system. The toolkit guides practitioners and others in supporting children's safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored to them and to their biological and resource families.






Preventing Premature Death and Injury

Shared risks contribute to premature deaths among youth and young adults due to suicide, homicide, and accidental deaths (e.g., motor vehicle accidents, overdoses). In this Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) webinar, the head of the CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center dedicated to suicide prevention, spoke about community integrated approaches to address common risks that contribute to diverse outcomes on the path to premature deaths, such as attempted suicide, substance use, and alcohol misuse. Slides from this webinar are now available.


Everyone Plays A Role in Suicide Prevention

This webcast kicked off "75 Days of Action" to put plans into action and begin to dramatically reduce suicides by National Suicide Awareness Day on September 10, 2013. Presenters included Surgeon General Regina Benjamin; Richard McKeon, Director, SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Branch; Jerry Reed, Director, SPRC, and Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. The archived webcast along with action plans are available


When Helping Hurts: Self-Care Strategies for Refugee Community Leaders and Service Providers

This webinar, co-sponsored by the Administration on Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement and SAMHSA, focused on individual and collective reactions to trauma, resilience, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, strategies to promote a collaborative and positive work environment, and self-care. The webinar was designed in response to suicides in the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community and was geared toward refugee community leaders, caseworkers, community-based organization leaders, and faith-based leaders as well as refugees. 




STOPBULLYING.GOV IMAGE GALLERY recently added an Image Gallery to share infographics and photos to both educate and inspire on the topic of bullying. The image gallery contains images created for social media distribution and have been featured on the social media channels. These can be saved and shared on other social media networks.




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Webinar: Building Community Resiliency and Healing: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering From Community Trauma and Disasters - JULY 23, 2013, 11:00 AM-12:45 PM ET


Webinar: DSM-5: Revisions and Implications Related to PTSD

JULY 25, 2013, 1:00-2:30 pm ET


Webinar: Suicide Prevention Strategies and Resources to Improve Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families - July 30, 2013, 2:00-3:30 pm ET


WEbinar: The Health Care Law - Health Insurance Marketplace 101 - AUGUST 7, 2013, 3:00 PM ET


Webinar: Trauma-informed and solution-focused domestic violence practice in CPS: Safety planning and case planning

AUGUST 20, 2013, 3:00-4:30PM ET 




Mark Your Calendars for this free Webinar OR plan to attend in person AND/OR watch a short video 


Working Through Trusted Community Partnerships to Promote Mental Wellness

Presenting Results from the Community Partners in Care Study and Providing Training In the Community Partners In Care Depression Care Toolkit


September 13, 2013

8:30 am - 4:00 pm 


Depression can affect anyone, but it hits ethnic groups more heavily partly because of reduced access to quality mental health care. To offset this imbalance, researchers from the RAND Corporation and UCLA, and community partners from more than two dozen community agencies, compared whether evidence-based quality improvement programs, which include psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressant medications, are better implemented through involvement of the entire community or through clinic-based programs. The researchers polled 1,018 depressed patients in 90 randomized community- and clinic-based programs. The community-based approaches--in such places as churches, senior centers, and barber shops--worked best at improving mental-health quality of life, increasing physical activity, reducing homelessness risk factors, and getting more people to seek hospital and primary physician care.


This conference is presented by the National Library of Medicine in partnership with Healthy African American Families II, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed


To Register and for more detail visit the Healthy African American Families website.



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