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Now available: Mental health resources for LGBTQIA2S+ youth

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has released a full series of guides which offer action-oriented strategies for professionals, families, and communities to support queer and trans youth. The series includes a resource guide and four companion focus guides designed for specific populations.

BIPoC Mental Health Awareness Month

BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Mental Health Awareness Month aims to increase awareness about the systemic inequities and social determinants of mental health that disproportionately affect BIPoC individuals.

May Mental Health Awareness Month resources

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). One in every five individuals will experience a mental health crisis in their lifetime. Many will not seek help due to stigma that often surrounds mental illness. Together, we can end stigma and create a culture of acceptance and inclusion. A variety of resources are included below for community members and providers to use and promote during this month and beyond:

Spring youth mental health first aid training opportunities for CPWI coordinators

Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), in partnership with Cascade Community Healthcare, will be providing three, FREE youth mental health first aid trainings this spring for Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) coordinators and community members!

Second Washington safety and well-being line survey is live

Washington State is working to create a youth safety and well-being line available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to address youth safety and well-being concerns. This is a follow-up to the initial survey launched in July 2022. We would love to hear from any youth and young adults, including those who did not respond to the initial survey!  

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Remember that the vast majority of people who experience suicide ideation, access resources and move back into a place of wellness. Resources are available to help. If you or a loved one are struggling, call 988 to talk with a trained crisis counselor 24/7/365. 

For resources for you and your community, please see the attached HCA suicide Prevention Month Communications Toolkit. You can find key messages, specific audience resources for supporting non-English speakers, LGBTQ+, Native American, and others.

Wilderness Therapy Programs: information gathering from Tribal and Urban Native partners

Tribal and Urban Native representatives are invited to share their perspectives on wilderness therapy programs as part of a legislative research assignment. 

New brief on children's mental health available

A new brief, Responding to the Current Youth Mental Health Crisis and Preventing the Next One, summarizes a three-day workshop of the same name by the 

Resources to help communicate about events in Ukraine

As the situation in Ukraine evolves, adults and children alike may have strong responses; news of war can easily generate fear, anger, worry, and a host of other emotions. Please see below for a selection of resources that may be helpful to your networks as they help youth understand and process the ongoing conflict in developmentally appropriate ways. These resources were compiled by the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health.