• Honoring Those Who Serve: Hope, Resilience, and Recovery November 3, 2017
    The 2017 Voice Awards focusing on military and veteran communities struck a chord with me. As a retired captain in the Navy Reserve and the spouse of a U.S. Marine, I know what life in this community is like. I understand the realities, complexities, joys and hardships. But most importantly, I know how resilient this […]
  • On World Mental Health Day, Let’s Make Employment Work for All People October 10, 2017
    Work or other meaningful activity is an essential component of recovery.  That’s why I applaud the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) for focusing on mental health in the workplace on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2017.  In conjunction with the event, the WFMH released a comprehensive report looking at the issue from the […]
  • SAMHSA Stands Ready to Help October 6, 2017
    Our nation has experienced a series of unprecedented disasters in recent weeks, including three major hurricanes and a horrific attack that occurred in Las Vegas last Sunday night.  In the midst of these great dangers, we repeatedly observe heroism and courage as our fellow Americans provided care and assisted others to safety.  We recognize and […]
  • SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Efforts September 14, 2017
    Protecting the behavioral health and safety of Americans is central to everything we do here at SAMHSA. Preventing the tragic loss of life from suicide is a unique challenge. We have learned that it takes a coordinated effort at all levels, from government to organizations to local communities – down to the individual level.  Just […]
  • Every American Has a Part to Play in Suicide Prevention September 12, 2017
    It is one thing to hear in the abstract that America suffers from a stubbornly high rate of suicide and suicide attempts. But when it hits home—as it did for me years ago when a young neighbor, struggling with serious mental illness, died from suicide—we realize we have to ask some tough questions. What could […]

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