February 2, 2017 | Guest lecture at LCC – Gene Obersinner
Hello to Intro to Human Services students,
Thanks for your time, great energy and dialogue today!
The complete slide deck is here, and some additional resources that we had during class follows the slides.
Thank you for you!
Project D.A.R.E. Outcome Effectiveness Revisited (American Journal of Public Health)
Problem Gambling Awareness Video Contest & Poster Search
- Video contest: All ages up to 25 years: www.preventionlane.org/videos
- Middle school poster search: 6-8th grade: www.preventionlane.org/art
Other common questions we get:
How do we compare with alcohol & other drug abuse around the world?
- World Drug Report, 2014 (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
- Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, 2014 (World Health Organization)
Why are suicide rates in Oregon higher?
- Suicides in Oregon: Trends and Risk Factors: 2012 Report (Oregon, Health Authority)
- Why Oregon’s Suicide Rate is Among the Highest in the Country (The Oregonian, 5/4/13)
- Ranking the States on Mental Health: Mental Health America release the latest national survey data which measures mental health needs, access to care and outcomes. Measures that make up the overall rankings include adults with any mental illness, adults with serious thoughts of suicide, youth with dependence or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol, and mental health workforce availability. Unfortunately, as you will see, Oregon ranks low on most items, and ends up on the bottom. To view the report, go to: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/ranking-states
What specifically are we doing in Lane County that is working? (More focus on solutions.)
Some examples were mentioned in class, such as Good Behavior Game for young elementary students, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), policy changes (e.g., working with retailers). There are so many other things we do that it’s almost impossible to explain them all in a short time. Mainly, we don’t do “direct service,” but do coordinate programming. For example, we work with local school districts to fund, train, and provide them with support on their implementation of such evidence-based initiatives as CATCH (Coordinated Approach t Child Health) is a school-wide program that has demonstrated effectiveness in preventing obesity and providing a foundation for a healthy lifestyle for kids and communities. We also work to help educate parents on such things as the Teen-Proof Your Home initiative, in which we talk with parents and teachers about how to keep their ‘tweens and teens safe, using a multi-subject approach. Family Check-Up, another program we support, is a strengths-based parenting intervention that has been demonstrated to improve parent-child relationships and family interactions leading to improved health outcomes. Look at some of the outcomes in 2015 in Lane County.
We work on public policy, helping to change the environment for the better. And we do things such as provide staff support and funding to community groups, such as the Eugene-Springfield Prevention Coalition, Mental Health Promotion Steering Committee, Problem Gambling Advisory Committee, and other groups.
AAS Launches U.S. Military Matters Website
“The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) recently launched a new website for National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and the mental health providers who serve them. It provides access to free online webinar trainings and other resources. The trainings include topics such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military culture/life, sleep problems, suicide, military sexual trauma, problem solving, and substance abuse.” http://usmilitarymatters.org/
How to Tell if Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem
“A number of signs can alert parents to problems…These include significant changes in behavior at home or school, an unexpected decline in school performance, and mood changes that are more extreme than before.” http://1.usa.gov/22sDrl1
Six Ways to Eliminate Everyday Anxiety
“Anxiety can actually be good for us. It provides us a surge of energy, splash of wakefulness, and intrinsic drive to get through the day. It was useful when our ancestors needed to be alert to dangers and it’s useful today. Unfortunately, anxiety can get out of control and interfere with our work, social lives, and health. It can progressively increase if we do not attend to it. Here are helpful tips to attack everyday anxiety so it doesn’t become a problem.” http://bit.ly/1VtaqVZ