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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2008, Volume 16, Number 5 
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Returning Veterans and Behavioral Health

Veterans, treatment providers, and Federal employees came together to discuss behavioral health issues affecting veterans today. With personal stories from military families and news from SAMHSA and the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the second national veterans conference focused on issues like trauma, suicide, and having the courage to ask for help. Read more on Returning Veterans.

Conference Breakout Sessions


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Helping Children of Military Families

Children sometimes get lost in the shuffle—here’s how parents, caregivers, and educators can help.

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Employment for America's Heroes

Going back to work can help veterans overcome challenges.

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Treating War’s Signature Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) presents new challenges for clinicians and researchers.

Related Stories


Commitment to Suicide Prevention, Mental Health

After losing two sons, the Graham family works to raise awareness about mental illness.

Resources for Veterans

Federal agencies and private organizations offer information, education, and support.

Conference Partners, Topics

Find out who contributed planning and presentations.

From Dr. Broderick:
A Public Health Approach

Returning veterans need services and support to transition from active-duty military to life back home.

  Substance Abuse  
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Mutual Support Groups: Fact Sheet for Providers

What do you know about mutual support groups? Providers can help connect clients with groups that help people achieve recovery.

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First-Time Versus Repeat Admissions

New SAMHSA data reveal characteristics of first-time and repeat admissions to substance abuse treatment.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

Registry Posts 100th Evidence-Based Practice

NREPP reaches a milestone—find out how the Registry can link communities to interventions specific to their needs.


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  Grants  

Grant Awards Announced

SAMHSA recently announced grant awards for programs related to children’s mental health, suicide, drug-free communities, and others.

Grant Awards Update


  National Survey on Drug Use  
  and Health  

Youth Substance Use Declines

From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, new national data show a drop in illicit drug use among youth and an increase in adult prescription drug misuse.

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Drugs and Youth: Chart Shows 2002 to 2007 Data

Marijuana, cocaine—changes in use of selected illicit drugs among youth, 2002 versus 2007.


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Recovery Month Testimonials

Two people relate their personal stories of addiction, recovery, and hope.



  Mental Health  
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Making Mental Health Services Accessible

Can primary care doctors help with mental health problems? New strategies to overcome barriers associated with reimbursement.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Disclosure

What are the risks and benefits of revealing a mental health problem to friends or coworkers?

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Bullying: Starting the Conversation

Bullies are out there—SAMHSA resources can help parents and educators address the problem.




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