OCTOBER 2015

In support of this health observance, SAMHSA is making a number of resources available. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying. http://www.nctsnet.org/resources/public-awareness/bullying-prevention-awareness-month

SAMHSA’s free KnowBullying app is available to help parents, caregivers, and educators have important conversations about bullying with children ages three to 18 who are bullied, witness bullying, or bully others. KnowBullying features conversation starters, warning signs of bullying behavior, and resources for educators. http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/knowbullying/

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.”

In the year following the release of a Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has undertaken a series of initiatives aimed at reducing suicide rates within specific risk groups and settings. The goal is to identify through research the most effective strategies for preventing suicide, for the greatest number of people. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2015/national-suicide-prevention-month- update-2015.shtml