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National Council Hosts Briefing on Early Intervention, Mental Health First Aid

September 29, 2016
On Monday, the National Council for Behavioral Health joined the Eating Disorders Coalition to host a congressional staff briefing on Capitol Hill. The briefing focused on the importance of early identification of mental health and substance use disorders and the...
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Key House Committee Approves Mental Health First Aid Act

September 22, 2016
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved its version of the Mental Health First Aid Act (H.R. 1877).  This legislation authorizes grants for mental health and substance use awareness training to law enforcement, first responders, teachers, and...
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Mental Health First Aid Act Passes House Subcommittee

September 15, 2016
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health amended and approved the Mental Health First Aid Act (H.R. 1877) on Monday afternoon. The amended bill would authorize $15 million in funding to provide mental health awareness training to teachers and school...
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First aid for mental health: A new approach in Pennsylvania’s prisons

September 6, 2016
Pennsylvania prisons trained staff and inmates in Mental Health First Aid Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN) – The man was about to snap. He had just lost a child. “I couldn’t really relate to that,” Peter Robinson said of his fellow inmate....
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4 Mental Health Tools to Add to Your Back-to-School List

August 25, 2016
It’s the night before the first day of school. You’re a teacher and scrambling to make sure your classroom is stocked with the tools your students need to be successful this year: markers, rulers, flip charts, glue sticks—the list goes...
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Reality seeps in as Pinellas educators learn to spot mental health problems in students

August 5, 2016
The woman in a cozy teal knit sweater with matching Chuck Taylor sneakers faced the stranger next to her and asked a dark question. “Have you ever thought about killing yourself?” As she said it, Carmen Bender, a reading interventionist...
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