- SAMHSA E-mail Updates Bulletin – from 04/18/2013 01:14 PM EDT
In the aftermath of the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon, people will need mental health support as much as medical support. Therefore, it’s crucial to help medical professionals, first responders, family members, and victims both administer or receive the proper psychological first aid.
This mental health awareness toolkit provides first responders—whether they are disaster response workers, parents, caregivers, or teachers—with specific tips for responding effectively to people in the wake of a disaster. The information is meant to help alleviate painful emotions and promote hope and healing.
Get the Disaster Response Kit
Crisis Counseling via Phone or Text
The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS—text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals who provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
Call 1-800-985-5990 | Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
The American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry is hosting its 2013 Annual Meeting at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina on March 23-24.
Please see the links below for more information.
ASAP 2013 Program
ASAP 2013 Annual Meeting Charleston Letter
On-line registration is now closed! If you wish to attend this meeting, we are accepting on-site registrations at the annual meeting. Please be advised that all applicable registration fees will apply. See brochure for details.
From the SCPA district branch disaster chair:
A new Distress Hotline service to support persons affected by disasters
In the aftermath of yet another shooting ‘lessons learned’ from the past, as well as newly available tools, become critical to improving our response for the next emergency. Members of the APA Disaster Committee, along with other national groups have been assisting the Connecticut APA district branch, community responders and the Red Cross to set up a short and longer term mental health support plan. Although way too much is going on to include everything here, one of the specific interventions being considered is a prepackaged MH support training for teachers working with students as they return to class. Every effort to try to reestablish something close to normalcy is in the works. There has been a great outpouring of support from psychiatry and and the APA in particular (as well as other MH professionals). Continue reading Disaster Hotline Service
Poster Guidelines have been finalized for the 2013 SCPA Annual Meeting Poster Competition.
Please find them below, along with the Entry Form.
SCPA 2013 Poster Comp Flyer
Criterion and Guidelines
MIT Entry From
Meeting details, schedule and fees have been finalized for the 2013 SCPA Annual Meeting.
Please see the Annual Meeting Page for details!
You may also pay your annual meeting fee from the Annual Meeting page.
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APA and the SCPA want to help support Mental Wellness for our patients, families and of course for our members.
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Preparedness and prevention education can be the key to better individual outcomes following disasters and traumatic events.
By Ed Kantor, MD, District Branch Disaster Chair
Hurricane season is definitely here, although so far just a lot of waiting… and along with it all the anxiety and unpredictability for so many of us in South Carolina. Natural Disasters are unfortunately not the only unpredictable events to know about and understand how to process for ourselves and to help in the recovery of others.
The recent shootings at the Colorado movie theater rekindle memories of many other similar and tragic events, relevant to all of us but with particular implications for psychiatry. Lessons learned from past events have real value for psychiatrists in practice, as clinicians, as responders and as community leaders. Sometimes we are called upon as interpreters and educators in the midst of the shock and horror.
Continue reading SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH!
February 1-3, 2013 at the Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston SC
Registration Deadline: December 28, 2012 – register early to take advantage of our Early-bird special!
Registration fee includes invitation to the Welcome Reception for attendee and a guest on Friday, breakfast buffet and luncheon for attendees on Saturday, breakfast buffet for attendee on Sunday, and two refreshment breaks during the weekend.
For Hotel Reservations: Please call the Francis Marion Hotel at (843) 722-0600 or 1-(877) 756-2121. Group rate will be offered at a cost of $119.00/night plus tax. In order to receive a discounted rate, you must indicate that you are with the South Carolina Psychiatric Association. The cut-off date is January 9, 2013!
Please see Annual Meeting Page for details!
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