Global Alliance Conferences Update
The 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health was a success! Check out the highlights and learn how to access presentations delivered at the Conference. That conference may be behind us, but another one is on the way! The Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference, co-sponsored by the Global Alliance, is rapidly approaching. Registration is now open. Make sure to sign up before May 12, when the early bird rate disappears! Learn more about the conference and details of our track.
Volume 2 of AJO is a special issue focused on facilitating reintegration for military service personnel, veterans, and their families. The articles in this issue highlight how the complexities of the reintegration process create challenges for diverse care providers and community services and the need for systematic implementation and evaluation of programs and services to build much needed evidence to support program development and improvement and to make relevant changes in practice and policy. Also, be sure to check out our web page on veterans.
World Health Organization (WHO) "Depression: Let's Talk" Campaign
April 7th is World Health Day, and the World Health Organization is placing a special focus on depression this year. WHO has released a set of new posters (see below) specifically for Eastern Mediterranean settings, where conflict leading to depression and anxiety is common.
The signs of depression are:
- Persistent sadness and loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy
- Inability to carry out daily activities
- Loss of energy, change in appetite, change in sleep, reduced concentration, indecisiveness, restlessness
- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, hopelessness, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide
WHO encourages those who think they may be depressed to talk with someone about their feelings, seek professional help, stay connected with loved ones, and try to stick to their normal routine. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at
1-800-273-8255 or 9-1-1 immediately.