Mental Health First Aid USA Community Implementation Challenge Grants
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA is a public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders through a 12-hour interactive course. MHFA USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. MHFA USA is providing financial support to selected organizations with certified MHFA instructors that wish to extend the program’s reach in their communities. For grant information and application, please visit the MHFA website.
National Alliance on Suicide Prevention
National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention Website. The National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention, launched in September 2010, unveiled their new website which will provide information and updates on the work of the Action Alliance’s Executive Committee, and the Task Forces that are charged with strengthening the nation’s suicide prevention infrastructure.
Healthy People 2020 Objectives
United States Department of Health and Human Services releases their Healthy People 2020 Objectives. On December 2, 2010, Healthy People 2020 was released, which outlines an ambitious ten-year agenda for improving the nation's health, including suicide prevention.
SAMHSA ADS Center released the 2010 Mental Illness Awareness Week Online Guide . This guide offers ideas for awareness activities in local communities, information and resources to help plan and implement initiatives, and a list of free SAMHSA materials and flyers on a wide variety of topics for easy distribution. Specific focus is given to methods of outreach in community events, schools, workplaces and faith-based communities.
SAMHSA unveils latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. SAMHSA released a full report on the results of the 2009 NSDUH survey, with a follow-up report specifically focusing on mental health data to be released later this year. View the SAMHSA report.
County News and Updates
Riverside County: Riverside County Department of Mental Health has used a portion of its Mental Health Services Act funding to launch the “It’s Up to Us” campaign that is designed to empower individuals to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help.
San Diego County: San Diego County has just launched a new campaign for mental illness stigma reduction and suicide prevention called “It’s Up to Us”. The It’s Up to Us campaign is also available in Spanish, and also has a website specifically for transition-age youth.
Nearly 3,300 Californians died by suicide annually (1997-2007). Suicide is a preventable tragedy; there is hope. To learn how you can help in your community, visit http://www.suicidology.org. You can also find out more by contacting the Suicide Prevention Program.
Contact the Suicide Prevention Program