Monthly Resources and Information

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Although the opioid epidemic is the hot topic today, it is just one piece of the addiction epidemic in our communities and communities of faith.

“Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.” – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

To find out more about this addiction and resources for your faith community, visit NCADD. Here are just a few of the resources you will find at this link:

  • Facts about alcohol
  • Information about addiction
  • Wine for your health: truth and myth
  • Alcohol energy drinks
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Finding local assistance
  • Get immediate help
  • Take the Test: Are You Addicted?

May 6 – 12, 2018 is National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event.

As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. As of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12 of each year.

The theme for National Nurses Week in 2018 is “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence”.

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Additional Website Resources

April: National Autism Awareness Month

April: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

May: Food Allergy Awareness Week May 13 - 19

May: Hepatitis Awareness Month

May: National Mental Health Month

June: Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

To see additional focus health topics for April, May, June and more visit Healthfinder.gov

Great Recipes: Grilled Avocado-Mango Guacamole & Broccoli and Cheese Egg White Scramble on Whole-Wheat English Muffin

As we look forward to spring and summer, enjoy these recipes that include a healthy dip for your first picnic or barbeque and a great breakfast recipe that can fuel your mornings.

Grilled Avocado-Mango Guacamole

Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 130
Fat: 7g
Sodium: 150mg
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 1g

Broccoli and Cheese Egg White Scramble on Whole-Wheat English Muffin

Serves: 4

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 139
Fat: 1g
Sodium: 338mg
Fiber: 3.1g
Protein: 15.3g

Resources for Mass Violence, Disaster Response, Trauma and More

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides materials, training, and technical assistance to the entire United States, its territories, and federally recognized tribes for all hazards, disasters, behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.

The resources listed below from both organizations cover trauma, disaster response, recovery, mass violence, and more. Use the links provided to access each specific resource.

SAMHSA General Disaster Response and Recovery Information

  • Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress —This SAMHSA tip sheet gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources. This tip sheet is also available in Spanish. 
  • Effects of Traumatic Stress After Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster —This online article from the National Center for PTSD describes the emotional, cognitive, physical, and interpersonal reactions that disaster survivors may experience and discusses severe stress symptoms and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The article also presents information on risk and protective factors in disaster survivors.
  • Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, 2nd Edition —Developed jointly by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. At the NCTSN’s website, the Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Operations Guide is available in Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese as well as English. You can also access Psychological First Aid online, a free 6-hour course providing an introduction to PFA.

Mass Violence and Trauma-specific Information

  • Coping With Grief After Community Violence —This SAMHSA tip sheet introduces some of the signs of grief and anger after an incident of community violence, provides useful information about to how to cope with grief, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.
  • Mass Violence/Community Violence Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) Installment — This is a collection of resources about common reactions to incidents of mass violence, community violence, and terrorism.
  • Incidents of Mass Violence —The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline supports survivors, family members, responders, and recovery workers who are affected by incidents of mass violence and other disasters. Information on this webpage includes a list of signs of emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence, details of lockdown notices and other warnings, and additional resources for coping.

Resources for Children, Youth, Parents and Other Caregivers, and Schools

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources (NCTSN)

The NCTSN has multiple resources to support children, youth, families and community response efforts. Please click hyperlinks below:

Unexpected traumatic events often bring out strong emotions. People can call the Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number at (800) 985-5990(800) 985-5990 and receive immediate counseling. 

This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS (text TalkWithUs to 66746) to anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this event. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services. 

The SAMHSA Disaster App allows disaster behavioral health responders to navigate resources related to pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, and post-deployment resources. Users can also share resources from the app via text message or email and quickly identify local behavioral health services. Download the App to your mobile device using the link above.