Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health is an hour-long event that uses text messaging to get people talking about mental health and encourage them to take action. Through this event, young people can have a conversation with their peers and give voice to an issue that can otherwise be difficult for them to speak about. This event is geared toward young people, but people of all ages can participate and benefit from it. It’s simple: at any time on April 24th, gather three to four friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues; text “start” to 89800; and receive polling and discussion questions via text messaging while having a face-to-face dialogue with the group.

Learn how to participate at - http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact

Severe mental illness tied to higher rates of substance use | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Read more at http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2014/01/severe-mental-illness-tied-to-higher-rates-substance-use

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY 2014

MAY 8, 2014 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Awareness Day 2014, taking place May 8th, seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. SAMHSA’s national launch event for Awareness Day 2014 takes place on May 6 in conjunction with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Washington, DC. The launch event will focus on the unique needs of young adults, ages 16 to 25 years, with mental health challenges, and the value of peer support in helping young adults build resilience in the four life domains of housing, education, employment, and healthcare access.

Learn more: http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national.asp

Pot and Schizophrenia - Treatment Advocacy Center

Marijuana “may push everyone a few feet closer” to the “cliff of sanity,” a resident physician from Yale University writes in a soul-searching essay for the Wall Street Journal. “As research accumulates, the emerging picture is that marijuana precipitates schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders in people whose brains are inherently vulnerable to psychosis,”

Learn more at: http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/about-us/our-blog/69-no-state/2357-pot-and-schizophrenia

"What It’s Like to Have Schizophrenia" - Treatment Advocacy Center

Lisa Halpern’s “What It’s Like to Have Schizophrenia” is a don’t-miss article for all of us who live or work with severe mental illness and have yearned for hope when things seemed hopeless. “I was in high school when I started hearing the voices. I was picked to give a graduation speech, but I thought I heard people talking about how they didn’t want me to give the speech,” she writes ”

Learn more at: http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/about-us/our-blog/69-no-state/2273-what-its-like-to-have-schizophrenia