MHSA El Dorado - Email Updates

To sign up for MHSA email updates, please send an email to MHSA@edcgov.us with the subject of "Subscribe"


Octobter 17, 2013 

This issue of MHSA El Dorado Updates focuses on some of the MHSA Statewide Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs, specifically around the issues of suicide prevention, stigma reduction and bullying, as well as information from the California Department of Education.
 
Please remembers that our local Draft FY 13/14 MHSA Plan has been posted, and written comments may be submitted via email or regular mail until October 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm.  Your input is so important to our Plan development and implementation.  The Draft Plan can be found under "MHSA Plans and Updates" on the MHSA website at:
 
 IN THIS ISSUE:
 
 » Directing Change High School Student Video Contest Gears up for Second Year
 
 » Know the Signs Suicide Prevention Campaign
 
 » My3 Suicide Prevention Mobile Application
 
 » Youth: Text “Reachout” to 877-877 for Support and Information
 
 » October is National Bullying Prevention Month
 
 » Bullying and Suicide
 
 » Teen Depression Webinar 
 
============================================
 
 » Directing Change High School Student Video Contest Gears up for Second Year 
 
Students throughout California are invited to Direct Change by submitting 60-second 
videos in two categories: Suicide Prevention and Ending the Silence about Mental Illness. 
Directing Change is aimed at preventing suicide, reducing stigma and discrimination 
related to mental illness, and promoting the mental health and wellness of students. Last 
year, the contest received 371 submissions from 35 California counties. This year, 
Directing Change is excited to partner with NAMI California, which will be the lead 
organization for the “Ending the Silence of Mental Illness” category, and will take the 
lead in coordinating the promotion, judging and review of entries for the category, and 
will develop a sustainability plan for the contest in the future. The submission deadline 
is February 1st, 2014. Visit www.directingchange.org for more information. [From CalMHSA Express] 

The Directing Change program, administered by CalMHSA, is funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).  The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and  communities.  CalMHSA operates services and education programs on a statewide, regional and local basis.  For more information, visit  www.calmhsa.org.
 
 ============================================
 
 » Know the Signs Suicide Prevention Campaign
 
The second round of the Statewide Know the Signs campaign was launched in mid-September and will run through January 2014.  The objective of this media plan is to raise awareness of the Know the Signs campaign and direct helpers of those at risk to the available suicide prevention resources.  Have you seen any ads for Know the Signs?  If so, let us know where you saw them (in El Dorado County/out of El Dorado County, on a billboard, on a bus, in a magazine, on TV, etc.).  You can drop us an email anytime at MHSA@edcgov.us.  [From Know the Signs, http://www.suicideispreventable.org]
 
============================================
 
 » My3 Suicide Prevention Mobile Application
 
 The goal of My3 is to connect individuals who are at-risk for suicide or individuals who are feeling suicidal with their crisis support network.  The target audience is individuals who are at-risk for suicide, whether they have experienced suicide attempts in the past, or may be suicidal in the future.  The features of My3 are:
 
 1) A “phonebook” homepage where users imports 3 primary contacts they would want to talk to when they are feeling suicidal. These primary contacts can be friends, family, professional caregivers, or a local crisis hotline. My3 encourages the user to agree with their contacts that they will be available to talk during times of crisis or stress.
 
 2) A safety plan page where users can customize a step-by-step plan that they can refer to when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide. The My3 plan is modeled after a safety plan originally developed by Drs. Barbara Stanley and Gregory Brown.  
 
 3) A resources page where users can select suicide prevention support resources tailored for their needs.
 
 The My3 Suicide Prevention app is available through the Apple Store or Google Play.
 
 My3 is being created in partnership with the Know the Signs Campaign (which is funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority through Mental Health Services Act funding), Santa Clara County and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In the summer of 2014, My3 will be fully owned and operated by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will be promoted nationwide.  [From Know the Signs, http://www.suicideispreventable.org]
 
============================================
 
 » Youth: Text “Reachout” to 877-877 for Support and Information
 
Responding to the needs of a new generation, trained peer counselors are now available to offer information and support via text message on Mondays from 4:00-8:00 pm. ReachOut TXT aims to reduce mental health stigma and increase help-seeking, reducing suicide rates for young Californians, ages 14-24. For more information and flyers, contact Nicola Survanshi at nicola@inspire.org. [From CalMHSA Express] 
 
============================================
 
 » October is National Bullying Prevention Month
  

 If you are looking for resources, visit California County Superintendents Educational Services Association's (CCSESA) regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative Clearinghouse and Website at  www.regionalk12smhi.org.  Search under Publications and Tools or Programs and Practices for over 50 useful bullying prevention resources specific to your needs as an educator, mental health staff, parent, caregiver or community member.  [From the California Department of Education]

 

 ============================================

 
 » Bullying and Suicide

 The issue of bullying and suicide is remaining at the forefront of public discussion as tragic events continue to come to light in different parts of the country.  It's important to remain as clear as possible in our communications with community members as well as the media about the relationship between bullying and suicide.  Suicide is a complex behavior and is not caused by any one factor or event – however it is also important to acknowledge that bullying can be a risk factor for current, or even later, suicidality.  The resources below explore the issue in more depth:

 
[From Know the Signs, http://www.suicideispreventable.org]
 
============================================
 
 » Teen Depression Webinar
 
Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization, is hosting a free, one-hour Teen Depression Webinar on Wednesday November 13 at 4 PM Eastern Time. Designed for an audience of teachers, youth workers, and caring adults, the webinar talks about how to distinguish typical adolescent behavior from symptoms of depression, how to reach a teen in need, and what to do if help is refused. After filling out an online evaluation, participants will receive a free set of Bipolar and Depression Wellness Guides for Teens and their Parents. Register for this free webinar at www.familyaware.org/trainings .  The webinar facilitator is Mary Fristad, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Human Nutrition at the Ohio State University.  [From California Department of Education]