Research Examines ‘Deaths Of Despair’ In Montana

Research into nearly 200,000 Montana death records from the last two decades has put hard numbers to anecdotes about suicides and drug- and alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic. The report, by University of Montana School of Journalism Professor Lee Banville, is published on the American Communities Project’s website and shows that death rates significantly increased in 2020 in communities categorized as “Graying America,” “Native American Lands” and “Working Class Country.”

Montana State Health Improvement Plan 2020 Annual Report

The 2017 State Health Assessment (SHA) and 2019—2023 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) were published in February 2019 after a public comment period. An updated version of the 2019 SHIP was released in January 2020 and again in February 2021 to include refined objectives for improved monitoring and evaluation; several objectives in the original documents did not have baseline data calculated and targets established, both of which are now included for all objectives. The SHA and the SHIP are published on the A Healthier Montana website and were developed in collaboration with the State Health Improvement Coalition, a group of statewide health partners.

National Federation of Families Legislation and Advocacy

National Federation of Families Legislation and Advocacy -The National Federation of Families is involved at the national level in monitoring legislation, funding opportunities, advocacy opportunities and resources that could aid your work as the voice for families in your community, state and nationwide. Learn about current topics that impact youth and families, see our latest edition of updates, sign up to receive alerts, share news from your state and explore the advocacy toolkit – designed to assist individuals and organizations in their role as the voice for families.

Treatment Considerations for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Serious Mental Illnesses and Co-occurring Substance Use

This guide presents three evidence-based practices that engage and improve outcomes for youth and young adults with co-occurring SED/SMI and substance misuse or SUD. These approaches will assist clinicians, behavioral health organizations, primary care providers, schools, insurers, transformation experts, and policy makers to understand, select, and implement evidence-based interventions that support youth and young adult mental health. These include psychosocial interventions, family behavioral therapy, medication, proactive outreach, and use of web-based and other technologies.

Mindwise Innovation Suicide Prevention Program

Middle and high schools across the country use SOS Signs of Suicide to educate students about suicide prevention and identify students in need. SOS has shown a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64%.

Through a video and guided discussion, students learn to identify warning signs of suicide and depression in a single class period. At the end of the session, students complete a seven-question screening for depression (anonymous or signed – the school can decide) to further encourage help-seeking and connect students at risk with trusted adults. The curriculum raises awareness about behavioral health and encourages students to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when worried about themselves or their peers.

Think Cultural Health

Information, continuing education opportunities, resources, and more for health and health care professionals to learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services, or CLAS. Launched in 2004, Think Cultural Health is sponsored by the Office of Minority Health.

ACES Connection

ACEs Connection, an ever-growing social network, connects those who are implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on ACEs science. The network’s 40,000+ members share their best practices, while inspiring each other to grow the ACEs movement.

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Infographic created to share information about what adverse childhood experiences are, how prevalent they are and their impact.Web jpg

Young People in Recovery

Provides the training and networks all individuals, families, and communities need to recover and maximize their full potential.

Youth MOVE Montana

Advocates for youth rights in mental health, juvenile justice, education, child welfare, and the other systems that serve young people, while empowering them to be equal partners in the process of change.

United Nations Youth Peer 2 Peer Handbook: Using peer to peer strategies for drug abuse prevention

In the field of drug abuse prevention amongst youth, another factor adds to the appropriateness of peer-to-peer communication. Since most youth, are by definition, not eligible to hold positions of power in their society, they find themselves, subject to authority. It is this power differential that makes communication between adults and youth difficult, and likewise, it is the equality in power status between youth, that makes peer based communication successful.

Voice Collective

London-based project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. They also offer support for parents/families, and training for youth workers, social workers, mental health professionals and other supporters.

What Helps What Harms Maryland

What Helps What Harms Maryland was designed to infuse the youth and young adult voice into strategic policy actions and planning processes for systemic change in the state of Maryland through convening discussion groups and forums to learn about and make recommendations to address young adult peer needs.

You Are Not Alone

Community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health conditions can find a safe place to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.

The Wellbriety Movement

An interconnected web spreading across our Native Nations carrying the message of cultural knowledge about recovery for individuals, families and communities. The web is a live entity that was born out of the work that White Bison created after the Elders told about a healing time that has come.

Trans Lifeline

A national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.

Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

School Resource Guide

Discusses and details a number of mental health issues, including information on how they impact academic performance and where to find help.

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults-

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.