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Destigmatizing Mental Health in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

By: Victoria Chau, Public Health Analyst, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity and Roslyn Holliday-Moore, Public Health Analyst, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing population in the United States, representing numerous cultures, histories, languages and socio-demographic characteristics. While recognizably diverse, Asian and Pacific Islanders are not …

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Bringing Awareness to the Mental Health of Older Adults

Our population is aging. Approximately 75 million Americans will be over age 65 by 2030.  Additionally, a 2012 study from the Institute on Medicine found that approximately one in five older adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness, substance use disorder, or both.  That ratio, should it still exist in 2030, equates to approximately …

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Denver First in Nation to Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

Denver Decriminalizes Psilocybin Mushrooms Denver will become the first city in the U.S. to effectively decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms, a hallucinogen also known as “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms.” The decriminalization is a product of Initiative 301 (I-301), which was found on the ballot for Denver voters on May 7th of 2019. This kind of revolutionary vote isn’t …

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Focusing on Suicide Prevention Strategies for our Youth

This week marks the first full week of Mental Health Awareness Month.  I am pleased to share that we have started this week with SAMHSA’s 14th Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The focus of this event was on suicide prevention in our youth.  We chose to focus on this issue because of the disturbing and …

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Shining A Light on Suicide Prevention Strategies

By: Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Director, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services There has never been a better time to focus on suicide prevention in youth. SAMHSA’s 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) showed that young adults ages 18 to 25 have the highest rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts of any age …

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