I LOVE it when people are extremely passionate about what they do – when they pour their heart, body, mind, and soul into their purpose in life. I especially love it when that purpose is one that seeks to protect and help those who aren’t fully able to fend for themselves.
Heroes and heroines in action! Is there anything more beautiful?
I got an e-mail today from someone within a group of such heroes: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They are seeking to help children, so let’s go ahead and call them Superheroes, shall we?
The e-mail was in response to a recent post I wrote about children who are bullies and the children who are bullied. Below is some of the gracious message, including some very important links.
Good mental health is important for every child – it affects every aspect of a child’s life and overall health. Trusted up-to-date resources make it easier to discuss mental health issues, educate readers, and protect our children.
Every day in our schools and communities, children are teased, threatened, or tormented by bullies. To help care for our youth, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) developed webpages and resources (print and online) that serve can as useful tools to you and your readers.
- About Bullying http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/15plus/aboutbullying.asp
Systems of Care http://www.systemsofcare.samhsa.gov/
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention http://nmhicstore.samhsa.gov/suicideprevention/pubs.aspx
National Suicide Prevention Initiative http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/nspi/
These sites offer parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals a great opportunity to know the facts, recognize signs and symptoms, and access easy to read tips on how to talk to children about mental health. These resources can help caregivers build healthier, safer environments and support anti-bullying initiatives. For additional information on this topic and more, or to order resources at no cost, please call the SAMHSA hotline at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 or visit http://www.samhsa.gov/shin/.