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Download the new SAMHSA app, My Mental Health Crisis Plan

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new mobile app, My Mental Health Crisis Plan, to help people who have serious mental illness develop a crisis plan. The app provides an easy, step-by-step process for individuals to create and share a psychiatric advance directive (PAD). It also includes state-specific requirements for completing the PAD (such as signatures, witnesses, notary public), and allows it to be shared via PDF or QR code with whomever an individual chooses.

The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information on how to use the app, check out this video by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Learn about DEA’s Operation Prevention initiative

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collaborated with Discovery Education to develop Operation Prevention, an education initiative designed to inspire life-changing conversations and equip people from all walks of life with the knowledge and refusal skills they need to steer clear of substance misuse. The initiative provides resources on substance use prevention for parents, schools, and even the workplace. Visit the website for downloadable materials and toolkits, and check often for live webinars.

Download NIAAA’s factsheet, Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) developed a new factsheet, Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing, to help individuals find telehealth alcohol treatment resources. Available in English and 10 additional languages, this resource can help individuals find a treatment program, doctor, or therapist who best fits their treatment journey.

Save the Date! SAMHSA’s Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative launches in January 2021

Get your community involved in underage drinking prevention with Communities Talk. Individual planning stipends of $750 will be available in January 2021 for eligible community-based organizations, colleges, and universities to address underage drinking in their community. Visit the Communities Talk website often to get ideas for your activity and to access updated planning resources. Email info@stopalcoholabuse.net for more information or to request your invitation to receive a stipend.

Check out the Hispanic and Latino PTTC fact sheets on suicide prevention

The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) collaborated with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to provide new fact sheets on Suicide Prevention Amongst Hispanics and Latinos, which are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Check out NIDA Teens’ Mind Matters series

The Mind Matters series is designed to help students in grades 5 through 8 understand the effects and consequences of drug use on the brain and body. It includes an online Teacher’s Guide and consists of nine booklets on various drug topics, including Drugs and the Brain, Cocaine, Inhalants, and more. In addition, short video clips are available to supplement the lessons.