According to a new SAMHSA report, the percentage of adolescents receiving substance abuse prevention messages from the media fell significantly from 2002 to 2011. A companion SAMHSA report shows that adolescent attitudes about the risk of substances like alcohol and marijuana also changed significantly.
Disaster Distress Helpline Provides Immediate Crisis Counseling to People Affected by Severe Snow Storms in the Northeast
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with problems related to Winter Storm Nemo. The Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or manmade disaster or tragedy.
Smoking Among U.S. Adults With Mental Illness 70 Percent Higher Than for Adults With No Mental Illness
According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with SAMHSA, 36 percent of adults with a mental illness are cigarette smokers, compared with only 21 percent of adults who do not have a mental illness.
SAMHSA has launched the Voice Awards Fellowship Program—a pilot project designed to give consumer/peer leaders in the behavioral health community the skills they need to shape public perceptions of mental health and substance use recovery through storytelling.