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COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our professional and personal lives - adding stressors and uncertainty. A recent survey of adults aged 18 and older found that 40.9% of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition including depression, anxiety and increase substance use (Czeisler et al., 2020).

To support Florida’s individuals, families, communities and practitioners, this collection of prevention information and resources was compiled by FADAA with support from the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. These materials include strategies to help children and youth manage stress, prevent substance use and promote their health and well-being. Community prevention activities for adult behavioral health issues are also provided, along with tips for enhancing the resilience and coping skills of behavioral health professionals. The materials are organized into three categories:

  1. Child & Youth Prevention
  2. Adult Prevention
  3. Behavioral Health Professional Well-being

These user-friendly resources are accessible in a variety of formats:


Printable reports, flyers, and factsheets


Webpages for access to an array of information and additional resources


Recorded webinars or trainings

For additional behavioral health resources and information specific to COVID-19, please visit the Resource Center at https://www.fadaa.org/page/COVID-19.

Sponsored by the
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, a subsidiary of the Florida Behavioral Health Association, and the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families

Czeisler, M. É., Lane, R. I., Petrosky, E., Wiley, J. F., Christensen, A., Njai, R., ... & Czeisler, C. A. (2020). Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic—United States, June 24–30, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 69(32), 1049. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm

Children & Youth Prevention

 

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Mentoring for Preventing or Reducing Substance Use and Associated Risks
by the National Mentoring Resource Center, a program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
This review examines research on youth mentoring as a strategy for preventing and reducing adolescent substance use, including opioids. The review is organized around four questions:

  • What are the effects of mentoring on substance use and associated risks to personal health and well-being among youth?
  • What factors condition or shape the effects of mentoring on substance use and associated risks for youth?
  • What intervening processes are most important for linking mentoring to beneficial effects on substance use and associated risks for youth?
  • To what extent have efforts to provide mentoring to youth with substance use prevention and intervention as priority outcomes reached and engaged the intended youth, been implemented with high quality, and been adopted and sustained by host organizations and settings?   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

“Talk. They Hear You.”
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address alcohol and other drug use with their children early. This page houses Public Service Announcements (PSAs), an app or interactive tool that helps parents and adults learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking and substance use, and other resources for parents and prevention partners.   (9/15/20)   READ MORE

 

Tips for Teens: Youth Champions and Resources Engaging Teens in Substance Use Prevention
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Peer-to-peer messages are a key tool in dispelling myths and preventing substance use. During this interactive webinar, participants will hear firsthand from a panel of youth prevention champions who are successfully engaging other teens in substance use prevention. Additionally, participants will learn how they can integrate SAMHSA’s Tips for Teens fact sheet series and NIDA’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® in youth substance use prevention outreach efforts in their own communities. These resources also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who interact with teens on a regular basis and want to raise their awareness about the risks and consequences of substance use.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Tips for Teens: Youth Champions and Resources Engaging Teens in Substance Use Prevention
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
A series of short fact sheets on a variety of topics such as hallucinogens, stimulants, tobacco, e-cigarettes, steroids, and others. These fact sheets describe short- and long-term effects, list signs of use, and address common myths. These resources can also be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Talk Early, Talk Often, and Age Appropriate – Facts for Parents
by the Hanley Foundation
In a question and answer format, this web page presents information aimed at helping parents address substance use issues with their children   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit: Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being
By the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This web-based resource was developed to help support parents, caregivers, and other adults serving children and young people in recognizing children and young peoples’ social, emotional, and mental health challenges and helping to ensure their well-being. Learn about the social, emotional, and mental health challenges faced by each age group, what you can do to help, and access age-group specific resources to get you started. The resources are organized by age group: Early Childhood (0-5y), Childhood (6-12y), Adolescence (13-17y), and Young Adults (18-24y).   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This evidence-based resource guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Grandparents Play an Important Role in Preventing their Grandchildren from Drinking and Using Drugs
By Partnership for Drug Free Kids
A Grandparents guide to helping teens remain alcohol and substance-free. Find out how to communicate better with your teenage grandchild while learning about the latest drugs and discovering how you can help keep your grandchildren healthy.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 


Adult Prevention

 

Implementing Best Practices and Improving Collaboration for Crisis Care and Suicide Prevention among High-Risk Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF)
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
A webinar focused on the core elements of the SMVF Crisis Intercept Map. The process of intercept mapping helps community stakeholders to visualize gaps, recognize opportunities, and strengthen coordination across local agencies and organizations. Screening for SMVF status and suicide risk early can change the trajectory of overload on our emergency response systems by increasing access to upstream support and diverting hospital emergency department visits to alternate care.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Addressing the Impact of Synthetic Drugs: A Prevention Approach
by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, a subsidiary of the Florida Behavioral Health Association, and the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Healthr
This archived webinar provides an overview of the history of synthetic drugs and their resurgence in the United States. Participants look at the issues through the lens of prevention, and looks at how to apply the strategic prevention framework at the local, community level to identify drug trends and engage key community sectors to identify strategies to reduce and prevent the impact of synthetic drugs and other substances.   (9/15/20)   READ MORE
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Lethal Means & Suicide Prevention: A Guide for Community & Industry Leaders
by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The report describes the role of reducing access to lethal means among those who may be at risk for suicide, and highlights actions being taken by governments, organizations, and industries to save lives. The purpose of the report is to help community and industry leaders take lifesaving action that helps put time and distance between lethal means and individuals who may be at risk for suicide.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Public Perception of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Survey Results (August 2020)
by National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Education Development Center, and Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the Action Alliance conducted a national survey to better understand the general public's perception of mental health, suicide, and suicide prevention. The survey, which builds upon 2015 and 2018 surveys, speaks to the need for urgent action around these critical public health issues, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Strengthening Data Collection Efforts to Respond to Emerging Prevention Priorities
by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center, a project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Data collection is an integral part of identifying patterns of substance misuse in communities and informing prevention priorities. This webinar explores tools and strategies for collecting community level data and includes information on the benefits of implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for visually depicting “hot spots” to inform prevention activities and stakeholder engagement. The key topics include: Explore tools and strategies for data collection and identification and Using GIS technology for data collection.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Tips for Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic Wallet Card
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The wallet card provides stress reduction tips and techniques as well asresources for additional assistance.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Feeling Stressed or Anxious About the COVID-19 Pandemic
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This flyer provides information and tips for coping during a pandemic as well as resources for additional assistance.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health – Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This fact sheet explains social distancing, quarantine, and isolation in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It discusses feelings and thoughts that may arise during this time and suggests ways to cope and support oneself during such an experience.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

 

Behavioral Health Professional Well-being

 

Wiped Out and Still Going, Preventing Compassion Fatigue
by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center, a project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Despite the demands of a profession in the health and behavioral health care disciplines, providers are dedicated to their craft and enjoy a deep satisfaction from helping others. But with the job are pressures and, at times, unanticipated factors that can increase susceptibility to exhaustion leading to compassion fatigue and other occupational hazards. The adverse effects of compassion fatigue can decrease the provider’s emotional and physical well-being, influence the quality of care they provide and affect service delivery and person centered care within our communities. This interactive (90 minute) webinar identifies and defines often elusive work-related conditions, self-assessment tools and practical prevention strategies for self-care, and building resiliency and wellness for people helping people.   (9/10/20)    READ MORE

 

Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Coping with Stress and Compassion Fatigue
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This tip sheet explores stress and compassion fatigue, as well as signs of distress after a disaster. It identifies ways to cope and enhance resilience, along with resources for more information and support.  (9/15/20)   READ MORE

 

Are You Working to Help People Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic?
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This flyer highlights key Psychological First Aid concepts and resources disaster responders and outreach workers may use when assisting individuals affected by the pandemic. It also provides resources for further assistance.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Preventing and Managing Stresss
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This fact sheet provides tips to help disaster response workers prevent and manage stress while on assignment. It includes strategies to help responders prepare for their assignments, take stress-reducing precautions, and manage stress in the recovery phase.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE

 

Compassion Fatigue: Additional Risks While Serving Vulnerable Populations During a Crisis
by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, a subsidiary of the Florida Behavioral Health Association, and the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
When working with vulnerable populations, it is inevitable that service providers will be impacted by exposure to trauma. The risk for compassion fatigue is heightened when serving people experiencing crisis, and in the context of the current pandemic. Although the fields of substance use treatment and mental health services emphasize the importance of self-care, we don’t often offer robust tools for assessing providers’ needs, access adequate resources for managing the risks of serving vulnerable populations during a crisis or address the need to implement organizational and systemic responses to compassion fatigue. This webinar focuses on exploring the ways that service providers are affected by their work, particularly during crisis, with an emphasis on applying trauma-informed principles to manage compassion fatigue. Learn how to recognize signs of compassion fatigue as well as both personal and organizational resources that enhance worker resilience.   (9/10/20)   READ MORE
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