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This is NAMI's Multicultural Action Center News Update. Click here for more information, to access the archives and find out how to subscribe.

December 2012

You are not alone in this fight: NAMI is asking you to share your story to inspire hope and break down stigma everywhere.  See the latest videos and stories or upload your own, support NAMI with donations or tweet and post the badges.

It is an important time of year to remember that you are not alone and to join NAMI in spreading that message. Share your story or pass on the wonderful messages of others who have shared their experience and shown their own strength. 

Cante' Wast'e Win  NAMI's short video on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Leaders' Mental Health Recovery and Support Perspectives (above) is one of the Multicultural Action Center's featured videos. 

NAMI Responds to Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

NAMI issued the following statement on Dec. 14, 2012 in response to this recent tragedy which includes recommended links to trauma resources for families:Image

"Like other Americans, NAMI is horrified and saddened by today's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As of Friday at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern), news reports indicated that close to 30 people were shot and killed, most of them children. We extend our sympathy to their families and to all who knew and loved them.

It is extremely important that the Newtown, Conn. community be prepared to provide trauma services and resources to all those affected by the tragedy. Our national community must do so as well. The tragedy will inevitably leave an impression on many children. Parents and caregivers throughout the country will need to reassure them.

American Psychiatric Association recommendations include:

  • Create an open and supportive environment where children know they can ask questions.
  • Give honest answers and information. Use words and concepts they can understand.
  • Help children to find ways to express themselves and to know that people are there to help. Remember also that children learn by watching parents and teachers react and listening to their conversations.
  • Don't let children watch too much television with frightening repetitious images.
  • Monitor for physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches or other pains.

Additional resources are also available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), the University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

...When tragedies occur, no matter what their nature or cause, national, state and local communities must come together to find out what went wrong and to take steps to ensure it does not happen again. We expect such scrutiny to occur in days and weeks ahead. Today, however, is a time to mourn and pray for the victims of a senseless act and for their survivors. As a nation, we must reassure each other."


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Training and Fellowship Opportunities

  • SAMHSA GAINS Center trauma training delivery and train-the-trainer events free of charge to up to eight selected communities between February 2013 and September 2013. The target audiences for this training are community-based criminal justice system professionals, including police, community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers), court personnel, and other human service providers. Since the purpose of this training initiative is to offer targeted technical assistance and training to prepare communities in the field, there are no fees for registration, tuition, or materials associated with these trainings. Application due Jan. 14
  • Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media work/study program
    Multi-year program prepares a diverse group of talented young professionals to enter the workforce with specific job-related skills, knowledge of the corporate environment and a strong foundation for future advancement. Any minority student (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American) who is a rising high school senior, graduating high school senior or college freshman, has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, is interested in pursuing a career in the media industry, and plans to attend a four-year accredited college or university is eligible to apply. Application due Jan. 31
  • Champions for Change  (The Center for Native American Youth) Champions for Change recognizes and encourages inspirational Native youth (ages 14 to 24) working in their tribal or urban Indian communities to promote hope and make a positive impact. Application due Jan. 31
  • Disparities Leadership Program (Disparities Solutions Center/Massachusetts General Hospital) Education and leadership training to develop a national network of skilled individuals dedicated to eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in health care. Application due Feb. 8.



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