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Leading Through Crisis: Cultivating Morally and Psychologically Safe Environments
While physical safety is a vital component of establishing a safe and secure environment, Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., reminds us that safety must also include “psychological, social and moral safety.”
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The Impact of Abuse on Children
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month when the United States recognizes the importance of strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect. For decades, these acts of cruelty inflicted on children have been labeled as “very serious,” yet the rates of abuse continue to rise.
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Key Ingredients in Response to the Pandemic: Peer Support Values
Martha Barbone, a peer specialist from Massachusetts, writes about the importance of person-centered support and shared lived experience during a pandemic.
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The Pandemic Illustrates How Important it is to Understand and Address ACEs
One year into the ACEs Aware grant, a state-led initiative under California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, MD, we know more than ever about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress on young people.
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Workforce development: We Must Fill the Talent Pool
While last summer’s protests throughout the nation exposed the enormous scope and scale of structural racism in America – and the generations of pain it has caused – it also provided opportunities to talk about where racism persists, how it harms people and what we can do to rectify racial inequity.
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Moving Forward this Black History Month – Setting Youth Up for Success
Black History Month is rarely used as an opportunity to discuss and understand the toll of overcoming historical adversity and its long-lasting effects on our mental health. It’s time we start.
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Overcoming the Trauma of COVID-19 with “Resiliencing”
Consultant Amelia Roeschlein proposes the wide adoption of the term “resiliencing” during this culmination of historical events in real-time through a national experience of complex trauma, a global pandemic, worldwide demonstrations and civil unrest and a push for social justice and reform.
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New SAMHSA Grants: Bringing CCBHCs Nationwide
There’s a new model in behavioral health care, one that is alleviating decades-old challenges that have led to a crisis in providing access to mental health and addiction treatment.
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Lawmakers and Public Voice Support for Greater Investment in Care for Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
The pandemic has made barriers to access more imposing in communities across the country, due in no small part to the economic impact of a pandemic that has forced so many organizations providing mental health and substance use disorder programs to make drastic cuts. But the pandemic also has fueled massive demand for those programs.
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A Path Forward: Mental Health and the United States Pandemic Response
Addressing the pandemic compassionately, while keeping our communities and families safe from harm, requires immediate preparation to meet the current and future mental health needs that come with COVID-19. The mental health care workforce must play a central role in the national recovery.
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