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Preventing Suicide on College Campuses
SAMHSA recently publicized its eight Strategic Initiatives, and the first of them is the Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. Included in that is the prevention of suicide among our nation’s youth. You can read all about what SAMHSA is doing to prevent suicides on college campuses through The Campus Suicide Prevention Grants program in this article from SAMHSA’s newsletter. The program supports colleges and universities in their efforts to prevent suicide among students and to enhance services for students with depression, substance abuse, and other behavioral health problems that put them at risk of suicide. For more suicide …
Consumers with Lived Experience: Critical Partners in the Mental Health System of Care
Consumers with Lived Experience: Critical Partners in the Mental Health System of Care is an “at demand” training product that explores the trends, approaches, and opportunities in workforce development in hiring consumers of mental health services as Peer Specialists or Consumer Supporters. The training is an introductory discussion about common terminology, employment law, and other factors that are critical in setting the stage for a successful consumer representative employment program. The training can be easily accessed anytime and used as a tool in training others to broaden their understanding of employing consumers with lived experience as critical partners in service …
Youth and Emerging Leaders
One of the exciting and important developments in the world of behavioral health in recent years is the growing recognition of the important role that youth and emerging leaders can play in the world of adult mental health. There are many programs and organizations designed to serve families, as well as program and organizations committed to supporting adult consumers. At the same time, there is a population of young people with a unique perspective on behavioral health, many of which have dealt with foster care, juvenile justice and mental health systems. The CAFE TAC believes that it is critical to …
About The CAFE TA Center
The CAFÉ TA Center is a program of The Family Café, a cross-disability organization that has been connecting individuals with information, training and resources since 1998. The Center is supported by SAMHSA to operate one of its five national technical assistance centers; providing technical assistance, training, and resources that facilitate the restructuring of the mental health system through effective consumer directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses across the country.
We Exist to Help You
The CAFÉ TA Center is committed to providing quality training to consumers and advocates throughout the country. Consumers in the community need the right knowledge and tools to effectively organize, speak for themselves, and thrive in their daily lives. Thanks to the technology available, it has become relatively easy to connect with consumers and advocates and share resources without having to ask people to interrupt their daily routines by traveling to attend training.
Check Our Resource Bank
The CAFÉ TA Center is committed to connecting consumers, advocates and organizations with information and resources that can make a real difference for them, regardless of where they come from. That’s why we have created this section, to house those resources that partners, experts, peers and advocates and developed and chosen to share with others. We truly believe that our advocacy and capacity can be greatly enhanced by working together, not only across states and SAMHSA programs, but also across the entire spectrum of healthcare and human services advocacy.