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Mental Health America releases 2016 Back to School Kit

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The start of a new school year is upon us, and with it comes with feelings of excitement and anticipation, along with some fear and anxiety. As kids prepare to head back to class, they’re exposed to issues that may not have played a prominent role in their lives over the summer. Back-to-school time is a great time for parents to get a refresher course on the best ways to approach topics like body image, mental health, sex, drug and alcohol use, and LGBTQ issues when talking with their kids. And kids and teens can benefit from information about health, self-esteem, self-image, and disorders that may affect the way they see or treat themselves.

Mental Health America just released its 2016 Back to School Toolkit, which includes key messages, articles, social media messages and graphics, infographics, and other materials to help both parents and kids have a happy and healthy school year.

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AAS Presents – The Lessons from Attempting to Prevent College Suicide: Connecting Mental Health Resources and Conducting Outreach

Webinars - textOn Thursday December 11, 2014 at 1:00pm EST, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) will host a Webinar on preventing suicide among college students.

Courtesty of AAS, here is the description of the webinar content:

To prevent suicide on a college campus one needs more than an individual or a team, rather one needs an army (though certainly an individual can be the driving force behind the movement). Suicide prevention can’t merely be the job of the administration, or the the mental health providers, but rather it must be the responsibility of the entire university community. In keeping with this year’s conference theme “Get Connected,” this webinar will discuss the lessons learned from the Mississippi State University Connection Project, a SAMHSA-funded movement designed to connect mental health resources on campus, and students to those resources. In particular, the webinar will cover ways to build alliances across university departments and administration to increase buy-in. It will also cover Read More…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed each year on November 20 in memoriam of lives lost to anti-transgender violence. A 2011 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects shows anti-LGBT hate crime murders increased 11% from 2010. Of the victims murdered, 87% were people of color, and 40% were transgender women. Transgender people of color were also 28% more likely to experience physical violence compared to people who were not transgender people of color.

This terrible violence perpetrated against transgender people is all too common and also under-reported. Transgender issues are misunderstood by many, but visibility and education brings understanding. The Trans Student Educational Resources provided this great infographic that we thought we’d share.

Some other great resources for information on Transgender issues and Transgender Day of Remembrance can be found here, as well:

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Human Rights Campaign blog

Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Visibility Guide

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

GLAAD’s Transgender Media and Education Program which includes Transgender 101

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GLAAD Spirit Day

Artist Gilbert Baker created the rainbow flag as the symbol of LGBT pride because it embodied diversity and hope. Each color represents something different. Red for Life, Orange for Healing, Yellow for Sunlight, Green for Nature, Blue for Art, and Purple for the Human Spirit. The flag sometimes also includes Pink which symbolizes sexuality, and Indigo for Harmony.

Spirit Day, presented by GLAAD, encourages everyone to wear purple to embody that spirit and to show support and solidarity with LGBT youth. Millions of people, schools, organizations, universities, and corporations participate.

GLAAD offers up a lot of ways to get involved and show your support. You can simply wear purple or choose to change your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter to have a purple overlay using a tool they have available. You can also install an app on your smartphone or tablet that provides anti-bullying resources and calls to action.

The show of solidarity is important, but a big part of Spirit Day is also about educating others on the impact of LGBT bullying. For that, they have resource kits available.

We hope you’ll consider taking part in Spirit Day and show LGBT youth everywhere that it’s okay to be who they are, and that they have lots of support.

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Mental Health America Presents: Funding Primary Prevention – Overcoming Challenges with Innovative Financing Mechanisms

Webinars - textOn Monday September 8, 2014 at 2:00pm EST, Mental Health America and SAMHSA will present a Webinar on overcoming the challenges associated with funding primary prevention initiatives.

Courtesty of Mental Health America, here is the description of the webinar content:

Identifying sustainable financing for primary prevention is a challenge throughout human service sectors. Although many sectors – mental health and substance abuse, general health, education, public health, child welfare, juvenile justice – are concerned with individual and community well-being; financing, policy and programmatic divisions make collaboration between sectors difficult. In an attempt to better understand the financing landscape and promote understanding between human service fields, this webinar will review the challenges of our current system, explore major existing funding mechanisms, and share emerging and innovative public and private financing strategies that can be utilized for primary prevention interventions. Read More…

Intended Audience: This webinar is aimed at federal, state, and county level stakeholders from multiple sectors – behavioral health, general health, public health, education, child welfare, and juvenile justice – who are interested in primary prevention. The information may also be of interest to researchers, community based organizations, and others who are concerned with promoting individual, family, and community wellbeing.

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Can’t make it to this webinar? No problem, Mental Health America will make the recording and slides available on their website once the webinar has ended.

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AAS Presents Non-suicidal self-injury: Essentials for clinicians

Webinars - textOn August 14, 2014 at 12:00pm EST, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) will present a webinar on non-suicidal self-injury.

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is often equated with suicide or a suicide attempt, when in fact self-injury is its own separate and complex issue. Clinicians, helpline personnel, and other mental health professionals often indicate they’d like more education on this issue, and so this webinar will be extremely helpful.

Courtesty of AAS, here is the description of the webinar content:

“This webinar will address key empirical, theoretical, and practical issues pertinent to non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) among youth and young adults. This includes an overview of: a) the most up-to-date knowledge regarding NSSI, b) a personal account of a lived experience of NSSI, and c) empirically-informed approaches for use when working with clients who struggle with NSSI.

This webinar is being offered Free to AAS members, and at the exceptional value of just $35 for Non-Members. It also offers 1 CE credit available for psychologists and counselors.

AAS is bringing in two great presenters on the subject matter to educate everyone who attends.

Dese’Rae L. Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder of Live Through This, a suicide awareness initiative that pairs the portraits of attempt survivors with stories and their experiences, in their own words. She also has lived experience of NSSI and a suicide attempt.

Stephen P. Lewis, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. His research has been featured in various media outlets, including The New York Times, Time, USA Today, and ABC. Dr. Lewis is co-author of the book Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, which is part of the Advances in Psychotherapy series by the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12). He is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Self-Injury Outreach and Support (SiOS), an international outreach initiative providing current information and resources to individuals who self-injure, those who have recovered, as well as their families, friends, teachers and the health professionals who work for them.

Click here to learn more about the webinar and its learning objectives, and to Register.

This webinar will provide useful information for clinicians and other professionals who want to better understand self-injury and how to help those who self-injure. There are lots of great webinars, training opportunities, and other professional development opportunities presented by AAS that are only available to members. To learn more about AAS membership click here.

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