SAMHSA News: Social Media as a Tool for Addressing Behavioral Health


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August 31, 2015

A quarterly roundup of articles from SAMHSA's continuously updated newsletter.

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Social Media as a Tool for Addressing Behavioral Health

Social networks provide a living, constantly updating conversation among stakeholders concerned about mental and substance use disorders.

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Ending Chronic Homelessness

For Robert M., finding a safe home was a big challenge—job loss resulted in eviction, and then substance use escalated. SAMHSA has been pioneering programs to end chronic homelessness while promoting well-being.

Pamela S. Hyde

Farewell From the Administrator

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., reflects on the changes at SAMHSA and in the field during her 6 years at the helm of the agency.

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Discussing Behavioral Health on Social Media: What To Consider

While social networks can help improve the public's perceptions about behavioral health, they also have the potential to do harm. Learn helpful strategies for behavioral health providers and consumers.

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Jail Diversion Programs Help Youth

Approximately 1.9 million youth under the age of 18 were arrested in 2009. And in many cases, these young people have unmet needs for behavioral health services.


Recovery Support Services Enhance Change

Recovery residences are just one example of recovery support services that help people recovering from mental and substance use disorders—including serious mental illnesses—get and stay well, find housing, get an education or a job, and live full lives in their communities.

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SAMHSA in Vietnam

Under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), SAMHSA has helped facilitate programs that are changing the perception and treatment of addiction in Vietnam.