September is both Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Month. Join the Campaign, partners, and advocates to support young people by promoting awareness, resources, and health care solutions focused on suicide prevention and recovery. Together, we can help kids thrive in Massachusetts.
In 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. This marks three decades of spreading the message that treatment is effective and people can and do recover—every day. Join us as we recognize the resilience of young people affected by mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
The Campaign was awarded a grant from the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust to ensure all children have access to the behavioral health services and supports they need to succeed in school. The School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) Project is convening a group of educators, advocates, and experts to make policy recommendations for the mental health and social emotional services offered in schools. For more information, please reach out to Daniela Reyes, SBBH Project Coordinator at Boston Children's Hospital at email@example.com.
David R. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Protecting Immigrant Families.
The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign, is made up of hundreds of diverse organizations. The campaign is focused on providing advocacy strategies, distributing educational resources, and keeping allies informed of all the current and potential policies that impact immigrant families.
Part of federal immigration laws for over a hundred years, the “public charge” inadmissibility test was designed to identify people who may depend on the government as their main source of support. If the government determines that a person is likely to become a “public charge,” it can deny a person admission to the U.S. or lawful permanent residence (or “green card” status).
Like most teen girls, I tried on different personal styles and borrowed cool things to say from books and television. Some just felt right and I kept them while others seemed jarring, even to me. I learned what fit and even more, what made me feel more confident and easy in myself. I looked around for role models too. I was drawn to my best friend’s mother, an artist who was tall and slender, gracious and thoughtful. She had created a home that was filled with unique and beautiful things. Their family dinners were plated in a way that we see on Instagram today, not for effect, but because she found beauty in it. I wanted to absorb all of it through my pores, taking it in, making it mine."
Child and adolescent psychiatrists have extensive experience in direct clinical care and working within health systems. This leads to an expertise that can inform and improve mental health care delivery. Yet physician voices aren’t necessarily sought after or readily heard when making legislative and policy decisions. Writing informative and effective op-eds can amplify your voice, but it requires many elements beyond expertise. An effective op-ed must be engaging enough to be read by a diverse group of readers, informative enough to allow readers to grasp the issues, and should avoid divisive language that could introduce barriers to problem solving."
Can a three-digit phone number avert suicides on a grand scale? Last week, the Federal Communications Commission recommended designating 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention hotline number. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached around the clock through the more cumbersome 1-800-273-TALK (8255)."