Prevention Archives - NWI

New SAMHSA Toolbox Promotes Mental Health and School Readiness in Young Children

May 9, 2017 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has introduced The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox as a resource to support children’s healthy development, from infancy through the transition to school. The toolkit includes interactive planning tools along with videos, and other resources to support efforts in states, tribes and local communities in using the IECMHC.

Access the IECMHC Toolbox from SAMHSA»

Issue Brief: A Call for Comprehensive Perinatal Psychotherapy Training

April 21, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new issue brief from SPARC and UMass and written by Carolyn Broudy outlines the need for perinatal psychotherapy training to better treat perinatal depression and avoid negative outcomes for mothers, infants and families.

Read the issue brief»

Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt Named Honorary Chairpersons for SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

February 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has announced that Olympians Michael Phelps and Allison Schmidt will be the 2017 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Chairpersons. Open about their own behavioral health challenges, the gold medalists are ideal role models to help youth understand the importance of mental, as well as physical health. Phelps and Schmidt will speak at The Awareness Day 2017 national event on May 4, where they will be awarded with SAMHSA’s Special Recognition Award.

Read the news release about the 2017 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Chairpersons»

Research To Practice: Building Supportive and Inclusive Programming for American Muslim Youth

February 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor

This recent post from, includes an interview with Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Director of The Family & Youth Institute and a leading researcher on American Muslim youth, about creating supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families. The post includes links to many related resources.

Read about creating supportive programs for Muslim youth»

Podcast: Home-visit program in child maltreatment cases strengthens parent-child interaction

January 24, 2017 | Emily Taylor

NIH funded a study of a home-visit program for parents previously investigated for child abuse. The study found that the program led to dramatic reduction in the percentage of young children who were removed from their homes and placed in foster care. During the home visits, trained specialists videotaped parents playing with their children and then provided feedback for the parents to help them be more sensitive to their child’s emotional and social cues.

Listen to the podcast recording about this research study»

Community Schools Can Make a Difference for LGBTQ Youth

January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

This recent post from the Center for American Progress highlights the many benefits of community schools that “leverage partnerships between government agencies and community-based service providers to improve the educational achievement of students by caring for the overall well-being of students and their families”. The authors argue that community schools can also improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth by providing access to services and supports.

Read about community school programs that support LGBTQ youth»

Teaching school children about mental health

January 4, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent BBC story profiles CuesEd, a program being used in some London schools to help children learn how to recognize, talk about and manage their emotions. The program aims to provide children with knowledge and skills before they reach adolescence.

Read the article about mental health education in English elementary school»

New Hampshire Program Finds Doctor Visits Help Keep Teens off Drugs and Alcohol

December 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A program in New Hampshire is finding that regular conversations with their doctor can be valuable in preventing drug and alcohol use by teens. The state has implemented an evidence-based “screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment” (SBIRT) protocol in 23 medical facilities across the state, thanks in part to grant funding.

Watch a video to learn more about New Hampshire’s SBIRT program aimed at preventing teen alcohol and drug use»

New series from Child Trends: It matters!

December 13, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The “It Matters” series from Child Trends incorporates presentations, videos, and infographics to review over 125 indications of child well-being. Topics covered include school readiness, bullying prevention and teen pregnancy prevention.

Access the It Matters series on child well-being»

Pregnancy Prevention Awareness for Teen Boys

November 28, 2016 | Emily Taylor

This grantee spotlight from the Family and Youth Services Bureau describes how the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has implemented a teen pregnancy prevention education program for teen boys. The “Wise Guys Male Responsibility Curriculum” encourages boys to make more responsible decisions. The program utilizes guided peer discussion where the boys share thoughts about their values, goals, responsibilities, and relationships.

Read the grantee spotlight on Iowa’s pregnancy prevention program for teen boys»

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