Public Awareness

06/2016

In order to bring greater awareness to the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the United States Senate designated June 27th as National PTSD Awareness Day. In addition, June has been designated as PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).

05/2016

 As a part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) invites you to join us in celebrating the 11th annual Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 5, 2016. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S.

05/2016

National Foster Care In 2014 there were an estimated 415,129 children in foster care (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System). A child can be removed from the home and placed in foster care for a variety of reasons including abuse or neglect, parent-child conflict, and the presence of serious physical or behavioral problems in the child that cannot be addressed in the home.

04/2016

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.  In Child Maltreatment 2014 (U.S.

04/2016

Adolescents use alcohol more frequently than they do all other illicit drugs combined, according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study found the following rates of alcohol use among adolescents: In 2014 about 8.7 million persons aged 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month.

04/2016

Many youth who are identified (by themselves or by others) as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) are routinely subjected to name-calling, bullying, and other forms of harassment. And even LGBTQ allies may be victimized. Underlying these behaviors can be discrimination and hate—which sometimes leads to violence.

04/2016

Sexual violence—including child sexual abuse—crosses all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. According to the Child Maltreatment 2014 report from the U.S.

03/2016

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, each year an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from nontraumatic causes. TBIs can affect the functionality of the brain—affecting thinking, reasoning, and memory.

01/2016

In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has resources for mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, and survivors on the signs of trafficking and services for human trafficking survivors.

The following resources provide information on human trafficking and on how to best serve those affected and their communities.