Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2019/04
April 24, 2019
In this issue:
- Help Spread Awareness During Mental Health Month: Each May in the U.S., we observe Mental Health Month (MHM) to help raise awareness, reduce stigma, provide support, and advocate for policies to help the 60 million Americans that live with mental illness. For 2019, Mental Health America is expanding upon last year's MHM theme of #4Mind4Body.
- 2019 Communities Talk Stipends for Institutions of Higher Education: In addition to increasing awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, Alcohol Awareness Month is a time to celebrate the efforts of campuses and communities across the country who are working together to prevent underage alcohol use. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there has been a dramatic decrease over the past 15 years in the percentage of 12- to 20-year-olds who report any lifetime alcohol use.
April 17, 2019
In this issue:
- Social Norms in Alcohol Abuse Prevention: Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by Facing Addiction with NCADD designed to increase outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. As Alcohol Awareness Month continues, one focus on college campuses is prevention. One prevention mechanism that has shown great efficacy is the social norms approach.
- Law Enforcement Standards and Training: Training opportunities for law enforcement personnel and campus safety officers are varied and offered from a variety of federal and state agencies, for-profit and nonprofit entities, and professional associations across the country. The mission of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) is to research, develop, and share information, ideas, and innovations that assist states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers, and, in those states where dual responsibility exists, correctional personnel.
April 10, 2019
In this issue:
- National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide and Additional Resources: The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention released National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide in collaboration with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Entertainment Industries Council. The recommendations, which were informed by both representatives from the entertainment industry and the suicide prevention field, aim to help members of the entertainment industry - content creators, scriptwriters, producers - tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide and suicide prevention.
- April is Alcohol Awareness Month: "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow" is the theme of this year's Alcohol Awareness Month, a national grassroots effort observed each April by campuses and communities to support prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment, and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The 2019 theme is designed to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcohol addiction and to highlight the reality that help is available and recovery is possible.
April 3, 2019
In this issue:
- Global Opioid Detection Challenge: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, the research and development arm of DHS that focuses on providing the tools, technologies, and knowledge products to bridge industry and end-user communities, announced The Opioid Detection Challenge last month. The Challenge is part of a comprehensive government effort to address the opioid crisis, specifically illicit opioids entering the U.S. via international mail, and your campus is encouraged to submit ideas for a solution.
- April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Every day, at least nine Americans die and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Texting isn't the only culprit - distracted driving can also include eating, talking to passengers, playing with the stereo, or even toying with entertainment or navigation systems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is "any activity that diverts attention from driving."