Category Archives: PEI News

Suicide Prevention Campaign Launched in Los Angeles County in May and June

A suicide-prevention campaign called “Know the Signs” was launched throughout Los Angeles County earlier this month, helping to raise awareness about the work of organizations such as Action Family Counseling, a Santa Clarita-based drug and alcohol rehab center.

The campaign is a statewide effort by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to reach susceptible groups in the months of May and June, according to a LACDMH news release. Ads contain contact information for LACDMH’s 24/7 access line and the suicide prevention hotline.

To read more about the campaign, visit Continue reading “Suicide Prevention Campaign Launched in Los Angeles County in May and June” »

Early Intervention and Engagement Can Prevent Psychosis

The National Council of Behavioral Health held their annual conference this month in Washington, D.C. One of the hottest topics was on the prevention of psychosis or at least the kind of early intervention that can keep young people experiencing a “first break” with reality from ever having another psychotic episode.

We can and we are, argued William R. McFarlane, a professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine who runs an early-intervention and prevention program in Portland, Maine. In his remarks at the conference, which ran through Wednesday and drew some 4,500 practitioners, he questioned why so little attention and funding goes to preventive mental-health care. Continue reading “Early Intervention and Engagement Can Prevent Psychosis” »

SAMHSA Report Reveals Impact of Behavioral Health Conditions on Older Adolescents and Young Adults

Recently released data shows that older adolescents and young adults with emotional and behavioral health conditions are much more likely to have significant problems with school performance, employment, and housing stability, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

According to the findings, nearly 8 percent of older adolescents (ages 16 to 17) with co-occurring depression and a substance use disorder do not have a stable place to live, moving three or more times in the past year. Among older adolescents with depression and substance use disorder enrolled in school, 13.5 percent have academic difficulties, with a grade average of “D” or lower. These challenges make it difficult for older adolescents with mental and substance use disorders to successfully transition into adulthood.

Young adults (18-25) with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders are less likely than those without co-occurring disorders to be high school graduates. Continue reading “SAMHSA Report Reveals Impact of Behavioral Health Conditions on Older Adolescents and Young Adults” »

SAMHSA Accepting Applications for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF)-2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements — PPHF-2014) totaling up to $88.5 million for up to five years. The programs support states and tribes (including Alaskan Villages and urban Indian organizations) in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration.

Funding for the grants was provided in part by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).

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United Nations Endorses Recovery Movement

A resolution on the importance of recovery proposed by the United States at the 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was approved on March 21st in Vienna, Austria.  This resolution marks the first time in the more than 50-year history of the global anti-drug regime that the concept of recovery was formally accepted and supported by United Nations Member States.

The resolution, entitled Supporting Recovery from Substance Use Disorders, recognizes substance use disorders can result in chronic relapsing conditions and that recovery support initiatives help to prevent relapse, facilitate re-entry into treatment when needed, and promote long-term recovery outcomes.  The resolution also calls for an end to stigma, marginalization, and discrimination against those in recovery; promotes international exchanges on best practices related to recovery support initiatives; and encourages the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to disseminate globally information about evidence-based recovery support initiatives.

Stigma reduction is a one component of Prevention and Early Intervention in the Mental Health Services act and it is great to see that emphasis reflected globally.

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Butte County Seeks Community Input for Mental Health Services

Butte County Behavioral Health is hosting a series of stakeholder meetings, starting today in Paradise with additional meetings next week in Chico, Gridley and Oroville. An online survey is also available, as behavioral health officials look for citizens to tell them which programs work, which don’t, and offer innovative ideas for additional services.

Butte County anticipates receiving $8.3 million in funding through the MHSA next fiscal year. In addition to data on program outcomes and demographics, input from the meetings will be used to drive programming for the next three years.

Five percent of the allocation must be spent on innovative programs, which amounts to an anticipated $417,868 for 2014-15. Past allocations have supported the Torres Shelter and Working Innovations Network and short-term projects.

Seeking Judges for Directing Change

The Directing Change Student Video Contest asks high school and University of California students throughout California to Direct Change by submitting 60-second films in two categories: Suicide Prevention or Ending the Silence of Mental Illness. The contest aims to engage youth and to further suicide prevention and mental health efforts in California schools and universities. For more info, visit

We are now seeking judges to help us select the winning videos. Do you have expertise/interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, public service announcements, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health? Contact us about becoming a judge today! The entire process would take less than 2 hours of your time, all of which can be done online from home.

Judges …

  • Participate in a brief 10-20 minute judging orientation in February and March 2014 (via phone or webinar)
  • Review up to 10 sixty-second video submissions and complete an online scoring form for each (time commitment of less than two hours.) The judging period will be taking place in late March/early April 2014.
  • Are invited (but not required) to attend the award ceremony in Sacramento in May, 2014.
  • Are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program

Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

For more information contact Lauren Hee: or 916-567-0163 ext. 104

Prevention Matters Infographic

The Prevention Matters infographic highlights opportunities and progress in prevention, as well as federal actions aligned with the strategic directions and priorities of the National Prevention Strategy. Scroll over the interactive infographic to learn more about cross-sector efforts to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.