The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (National Center) provides technical assistance and training to 106 federally funded Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grantees and 6 Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grantees.
Specifically, the National Center provides technical assistance for an array of culturally competent, in-person, and electronic services to assist grantees in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining program activities.
Child maltreatment is a serious but preventable public health issue. EDC conducted a comprehensive scan of child maltreatment prevention efforts in state public health agencies across the United States and of case studies in five states. Based on the findings from the environmental scan and the case studies, EDC identified eight key elements to enhance the primary prevention of child maltreatment.
Teenage Health Teaching Modules (THTM) is a successful, nationally-used, and independently evaluated comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 to 12. It provides adolescents with the knowledge and skills to act in ways that enhance their immediate and long-term health. The evaluation of THTM concluded that the curriculum produced positive effects on students’ health knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported behaviors.
Information from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC is cited in this story about state-mandated training for suicide prevention. Since 2007, Utah and 11 other states have approved versions of the Jason Flatt Act, which requires states to provide suicide awareness training to school employees, including teachers, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and administrators.
Many U.S. service members and veterans struggle with PTSD and thoughts of suicide. But as EDC’s David Litts explains, their own resilience and the support of those around them can help them overcome the challenges they face.
EDC has been awarded a grant from the social networking site Facebook to research schools’ efforts to prevent cyberbullying and what social networking sites can learn from local programs. The award is one of four Digital Citizenship Research Grants given by Facebook. As part of its grant, EDC will focus on cyberbullying prevention, conducting research in approximately 25 school districts in Massachusetts as they formulate and implement state-mandated bullying prevention efforts.
This project is designed to address high rates of juvenile delinquency in American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities by providing mentors for court-involved youth.
The 7th Generation staff, some of whom live in Indian country, will assist six tribes as they train up to 180 AI/AN mentors and match them with up to 180 AI/AN court-involved youth. Staff will work with the tribes to customize two effective Indian-developed approaches for mentoring youth:
In a commentary, EDC’s David Litts and Linda Langford recommend that messaging about U.S military and veteran suicides focus more on solutions and prevention and less on statistics, stories of hopelessness, and failures in the system.
EDC recommends that communications about U.S. military and veteran suicides focus more on solutions and prevention and less on statistics, tragic stories of hopelessness, and system failures, which have been much more prevalent. This and other EDC recommendations appear in a commentary published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
On World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) was released with the aid of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which EDC is secretariat. EDC’s Jerry Reed helped craft the new strategy.