New Federal Website On Mental Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the launch of as an online resource for people looking for information about mental health.  This website provides information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations about mental health.  The website also features videos from a number of individuals sharing their stories about mental illness, recovery, and hope.


Kids Who First Drink During Puberty…

New research shows that youths who first drink during puberty are at greater risk for developing later alcohol problems.  “Most teenagers have their first alcoholic drink during puberty. However, most research on the risks of early-onset alcohol use up to now has not focused on the pubertal stage during which the first alcoholic drink is consumed,” said Miriam Schneider, Ph.D., a researcher at the Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, and one of the authors of the new study.

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1 in 5 Parents Think What They Say Has Little Impact…


Parents play an important role in preventing substance use among youths.  Because of this, prevention campaigns encourage parents to talk to their children about substance use.

However, according to the 2004 to 2011 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, 1 in 5 (22.3 percent) parents of teens aged 12 to 17 thought that what they said would have little influence on whether their child used drugs.

Read this report to find our more about parent’s perception and the resource you can provide to help parent talk to their kids about substance abuse

Systems-Level Implementation fo SBIRT

Great resource from SAMHSA for those interested in SBIRT.  This toolkit describes core elements of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for people with or at risk for substance use  disorders.  Describes SBIRT services implementation, covering challenges, barriers, cost, and sustainability.

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TBI 12 Step/Education Group

This meeting will provide an opportunity to share ideas and needs related to Brain Injury and Substance Use.  Participants will explore the 12 Step/Substance Use Education and tailor it for individuals with traumatic brain injury.  Individuals with Brain Injuries and Substance Use issues and family members are invited.

Where:  Carolinas Rehabilitation, Private Dining Room:  1100 Blythe Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203

For more information contact Rose Griffin, Project STAR:  704-355-9623