The September 2019 edition of Policy Research Associates, Inc.’s monthly newsletter included announcements, publications, and the latest posts from the PRA blog.

This newsletter contains the following headlines:

  • PRA Releases Free Safe Messaging Icons to Honor Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  • National Wellness Week Resource Roundup
  • MHT-JJ Events from NCYOJ
  • Recent Stories from the PRA Blog

To promote positive, proactive, and safe conversations around suicide prevention, PRA developed a series of icons that illustrate key suicide prevention concepts in a strength-based and recovery-oriented manner. These nine free illustrations are available for free, public use to encourage positive and proactive discussions of suicide prevention without the use of triggering or limiting visuals. Designed by PRA Communications Specialist Briela Tollisen, these icons draw upon crucial concepts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices, as well as critical topics addressed in suicide prevention work.

From September 15 to 21, 2019, PRA celebrated National Wellness Week. Held during the third week of September, National Wellness Week promotes the understanding that enhancing an individual’s wellness contributes to their overall health and that wellness is integral to behavioral health. To celebrate 2019’s National Wellness Week, PRA shared a collection of podcasts and fact sheets to encourage the enhancement of wellness in each of its eight dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, occupational, social, and spiritual.

Juvenile justice staff members are responsible for the day-to-day care of a large population of youth, many of whom are experiencing behavioral health conditions or traumatic stress reactions. Juvenile justice involvement can exacerbate a youth’s condition, creating a challenging situation for both the youth and juvenile justice staff. Learn more about the Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice from NCYOJ and sign up for a training.

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This resource was first shared in 2019.

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