1. Resources for Dealing With and Responding to Mental Illness

    Many people don’t know how to provide comfort or respond appropriately in times of need or crisis. Instead of listening and taking the time to provide a constructive response, they jump to conclusions. They say the first thing that comes to mind, or in other words, they react. This can...
  2. United States Census, 2020; Engage Your Community

    Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for a community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals,schools), how to plan for the future, and the communities voice in government. However many times ethnic minority...
  3. Mental Health: Taking Care of Yourself & Loved Ones

    There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty in today’s immigration enforcement environment. Not knowing what you can expect for your future, or the futures of your family and friends, is stressful. Even as you may be experiencing anxiety, you can simultaneously be connecting to community or family members in ways...
  4. Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in Massachusetts (SSYI)

    Youth violence presents significant challenges across the U.S., disrupts communities and economic development, increases health care costs, and decreases property values—not to mention the human impact not only physically but mentally also. In 2010, Massachusetts was the most violent state in the Northeast—the MA Public Health Council reported 1,667 homicide...
  5. National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources and Practices

    September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). Despite comprising an estimated 2% of the national population, Gay and Bisexual Men account for two-thirds of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 6 Gay and Bisexual Men living with...
  6. Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

    During National Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families and HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) joins partners in celebrating the achievements and contributions of Hispanics and Latinxs in the United States. During the observance from September 15 through October 15 communities everywhere honors the...
  7. LGBTQ Community and Suicide Resources

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15–24, and LGBTQ youth are more likely than their peers to attempt suicide. As the Institute of Medicine has noted, LGBT youth are typically well adjusted and mentally healthy. However, they experience higher rates of mental health challenges and...
  8. Value of Peers

    Peer support  encompasses a  range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or both. This mutuality called “peerness”—between a  peer support   worker and person in or seeking recovery promotes connection and inspires hope. Peer support  offers...