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October Community Newsletter

World Mental Health Day 2021
Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality

What is World Mental Health Day?
Each year, World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October to raise awareness around mental health issues worldwide and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The day offers an opportunity to talk openly about mental health and the work that needs to be done to ensure people worldwide have access to adequate and affordable treatment and care. World Mental Health Day 2021 is focused on mental health care for all: let's make it a reality. 

On World Mental Health Day, the focus on mental health is global. It is an opportunity for all those of us with responsibility for improving access to mental health care to take a critical look at what we can do better. It is a time to listen to the experiences of people from across the world who have been doing their best to take care of their mental health in the most challenging of circumstances. And it is a day to look around us and offer our support to people who are struggling. Continue Reading 

KMHPC Upcoming Events & Webinars
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Community Resources and Events

The Washington State MCOs are hosting a webinar titled, Youth Behavioral Health Care Continuum for Youth with Apple Health (Medicaid) on October 13, 2021 from 12-1pm. The webinar will provide an overview of youth behavioral health services available through the Medicaid State Plan. See the attached flyers for details. This webinar is designed for clinic administrators, all clinician types, and allied health professionals.

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Youth Gaming and Gambling Webinar

The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG) and the Washington State Healthcare Authority (HCA) will sponsor a unique workshop on youth gambling and gaming. Problem gambling and gaming affect individuals in similar ways as substance use disorders (SUD) and frequently co-occur with SUD and other mental health issues.

The webinar will offer a broad overview of the current landscape of gaming, the explicit and subtle gambling elements that are built into video and mobile games available to youth, the overlap with co-occurring substance use, and youth/young-adult-oriented resources.


Webinar Details

Sign up for the day and time that works best with your schedule:
  • Monday, Oct. 25
    2 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 26
    11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 27
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Cultural and Linguistic Competence—Webinar

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

The speaker will discuss cultural and linguistic competence and serving immigrant populations by providing appropriate mental health services

Intimate Partner Violence: What It Is, What It Can Look Like, How We Can Help

Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:00 a.m. ET

Nearly a third of all Americans have been affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) at some point in their lives. Health and behavioral health care professionals are well positioned to respond to cases of domestic violence or intimate partner violence. This interactive webinar will review risk factors of IPV, screening tools for considerations, support strategies and resources.

Treating Grief and Loss in Black Children and Youth

Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

The COVID-19 pandemic ha.s resulted in over 675,000 deaths in the U.S. among which people of color, including Black people, have been overrepresented. This has caused grief and loss among children who have lost their parents and caregivers. The presenter will examine the differences between low mood, clinical depression, and bereavement among children and will discuss measures for coping with grief in an effort to prevent episodes of childhood clinical depression
The Kids Mental Health Pierce County Website  now features three resources to locate a Behavioral Health Provider in Pierce County. Visit the KMHPC website to learn more about: South Sound 2-1-1, Mary Bridge Behavioral Health Navigation, and the Washington State Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens. 
Funding Resource

SAMHSA Awards Record-Setting $825 Million in Grants to Strengthen Community Mental Health Centers, and Support Americans Living with Serious Emotional Disturbances, Mental Illnesses

Following up on its commitment to invest $825 million in Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), SAMHSA is announcing the distribution of funds to 231 CMHCs across the country. The funding comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Act of 2021.
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