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in collaboration with individuals, organizations, and healthcare providers
throughout Nebraska, is pleased to bring you a monthly e-newsletter
addressing mental health care.
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Diana Waggoner | Executive Director
Youth Mental Health Statistics Troubling,
Parents Can Help
recent newsletter from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA), I found an article regarding mental health
statistics on youth a little distressing.
The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health findings provide information
on youth age 12-17. In 2009, SAMHSA estimated there were 2 million youth
(8.1% of the population age 12 to 17) who experienced major depressive
episodes for that year. Among those 2 million young people experiencing
major depressive episodes, 35.7% also used illicit drugs, 3.6% were daily
cigarette users, and the report also indicated that 4.2% of the youth
experiencing major depressive episodes were more likely to be heavy alcohol
Click here to read more.
Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference: Success, Hopes & Dreams
for the Future
Lincoln will be hosting Nebraska’s first statewide
Recovery Conference May 25 and 26, 2011. This will be the first time that
consumers, family members, stakeholders, policy makers, and providers will
convene for one conference with a shared focus on mental health, substance
abuse, and problem gambling.
Administrator for the Office of Consumer Affairs, Division of Behavioral
Health for the Department of Health and Human Services Carol Coussons de
Reyes, Certified Peer Specialist, MS shares her thoughts on why this
innovative conference is one not to be missed in a special letter for The
Kim Foundation newsletter.
Click here to read Carol’s letter.
Mrs. Nebraska International Shares Her Experience Dealing with Generalized
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD, is an anxiety disorder
characterized by chronic anxiety, excessive worry and tension, even when
there is little or nothing to provoke it. More than 6.8 million American
adults, including twice as many women as men, suffer from GAD.
People with GAD often realize their anxiety is more intense that the
situation warrants, but can’t seem to get rid of their concerns. In addition
to not being able to relax or concentrate and having trouble sleeping,
people with GAD often suffer from fatigue, headaches, muscle tension,
irritability, and a variety of other physical symptoms. Other anxiety
disorders, depression, or substance abuse often accompany GAD, which rarely
For more than a decade, 23 year-old beauty queen Briana Simonson-Rubenstein
dealt with all of this as a result of generalized anxiety disorder, which
she was diagnosed with in high school. Years later, after learning to better
control her illness, as the reigning 2011 Mrs. Nebraska International,
Briana uses her celebrity to bring awareness and create understanding of GAD
so that those who suffer from the disorder know they are not alone and that
they can still accomplish all they set out to achieve.
The Kim Foundation recently spoke with the Omaha native and newlywed about
her illness and about how she plans to reach those in need as Mrs. Nebraska
Click here for our interview
Vol 3 | March |
Increasing Outreach, Feedback, and Virtual Communities
In response to President Obama’s request for open government, SAMHSA has
developed a robust “digital engagement” program with established presences on
four major social media channels—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.
“The priority is to become more accessible than ever to the audiences SAMHSA
serves,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “SAMHSA is looking for
innovative ways to connect with people who need behavioral health information,
services, or just have a simple question about recovery or treatment.”
Click here to read more.