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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
May/June 2009, Volume 17, Number 3 

Dr. Eric B. BroderickFrom Dr. Broderick

Suicide Prevention: Increasing Awareness Saves Lives

The rise in suicides across our Nation is a public health issue of increasing concern to each and every one of us.

As evidenced by the extraordinary growth in calls to SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) and the groundswell of public and press attention the Lifeline and other suicide prevention efforts generated this past year, a new public consensus is emerging about how we can face this public health challenge.

Suicide is no longer considered a shameful personal matter, best ignored by society or considered to be inevitable.

Rather, thanks largely to the efforts of crisis counselors, helpline volunteers, and mental health professionals, more and more Americans now understand that suicide is a public health crisis that needs to be confronted openly and actively prevented.

At the vanguard of the national effort to bring help and hope to those who most desperately need it are the community clinics and campus counselors who work tirelessly to get the word out that help is available and recovery is possible. The SAMHSA News cover story highlights the progress of one of our Campus Suicide Prevention program grantees.

SAMHSA is relying on programs like these to get the word out and develop enhanced methods for promoting life-saving services. Most important, those individuals who need help are learning that it’s okay to ask for help. And, it’s okay for friends and families to ask for help, too.

Previously in SAMHSA News

Suicide Prevention: New Media Increase Options

The Grahams: Commitment to Suicide Prevention, Mental Health

Substance Abuse & Suicide: White Paper Explores Connection

Preventing Suicide on College Campuses




President’s Budget

President’s Budget

FY2010 Budget sustains critical programs.


  Treatment Improvement  
   Protocols  
Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

From CSAT, TIP 50 offers guidance to substance abuse counselors on how to help clients who may be in crisis.


  Medication-Assisted Treatment  
Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Specific guidance for nurses and nurse care managers.

Methadone Safety

Methadone Safety

Safe use of methadone, a medication for opioid addiction, is the focus of a new campaign.


  Data on Depression  
MDE and Youth

MDE and Youth

In 2007, 2 million adolescents had a major depressive episode.

MDE and Adults

More than 16 million adults struggle with depression.


  Focus on Children  
Mental Health Awareness Day

Mental Health Awareness Day

Eight young people take center stage in a celebration of the arts as a way to cope with mental health problems. Photo Gallery.

Data on Children, Parents, Drugs

More than 8.3 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or drugs during the past year.


  Women’s Behavioral Health  
Mental Health Publications

Mental Health Publications

“Action Steps” for professionals and “What It Means To You” for consumers are available to order.

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

How much are alcohol and drugs used during pregnancy and after childbirth?


  Recovery Month  
20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

With a few months to go, the Recovery Month Web site offers flyers, banners, and more.


  Also in this Issue  
PRISM Awards

PRISM Awards

Celebrating excellence in Hollywood. Photo Gallery.

ADDERALL® & College Students

ADDERALL® & College Students

Full-time college students are twice as likely to use Adderall® nonmedically.

Real Warriors Campaign

Real Warriors Campaign

Helping service members break through stigma to ask for help.



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