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Project LAUNCH Sustainability Guide and Self-Assessment Tool

The Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool Guide, developed by the National Resource Center on Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NRC), is a resource developed for Project LAUNCH grantees to assist with planning and developing efforts to sustain certain activities. The tool provides a structure for Project LAUNCH grantees to record the current status of their sustainability plan/efforts and set priorities.

Examining the Associations Between Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation, Program Quality and Child Outcomes: A Review of the Research Evidence

Considers the role of educational attainment, degree type (e.g., concentration or major in early childhood or a related field), years of experience, and training. The brief concludes with implications for future research, as well as for policy and practice.

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

Explores interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides research-based principles that affect a child's self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.

Bullying in Schools

Writes about how community policing in schools can help prevent and respond to bullying and intolerance. By following community policing, school resource officers and school safety personnel can contribute to a productive and enriching environment for students, teachers, and administrators alike. 

Mental Health Awareness Month

Provides information on Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health disorders are one of the leading causes of disability among adolescents, affecting about one in five children in this age group.  Infants and young children can also have mental health disorders that affect their relationships and overall development; about 1 in 10 children age birth to 5 experience social and emotional problems. Getting care and support for these problems early is essential to help prevent them from getting worse or interfering with growth and learning. 

Suicide Safe: The Suicide Prevention App for Health Care Providers

Shares information about SAMHSA's "Suicide Safe" free app that helps healthcare providers, in particular primary care providers, integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. Key features include patient and provider educational material, treatment locator, sample cases, and conversation starters.

SAMHSA Disaster Mobile App

Shares information about the new SAMHSA Disaster free app that is designed to help responders be ready, be prepared, and be confident in the event of an emergency. Users can navigate pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, post-deployment resources, and more—at the touch of a button from the home screen. Users also can share resources, like tips for helping survivors cope, and find local behavioral health services. And, self-care support for responders is available at all stages of deployment.

Get KnowBullying, the Free App from SAMHSA that Can Prevent Bullying.

Shares information about SAMHSA's "KnowBullying" free app that can help parents talk their children about bullying. This app features strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3-6, 7-13, and teens; lists of warning signs to recognize if children are engaged in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying; reminders to talk; and strategies for using social media to share success stories and offer advice. 

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