Public Awareness & Support

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Increasing understanding of mental and substance use disorders to: achieve the full potential of prevention; help people recognize mental and substance use disorders and seek assistance with the same urgency as any other health condition; and make recovery the expectation.

Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011 – 2014 (pdf | 778 kbytes)


  • SAMHSA News - our award-winning newsletter.
  • Newsroom - releases and announcements.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • SAMHSA's Store - all of our publications & resources on substance abuse and mental health, now in one place.
  • Connect with SAMHSA:
  • Recovery Month - An annual observance that highlights the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers and promotes the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible.
  • Disaster Distress HelpLine - 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746. If you or someone you know has been affected by a disaster and needs immediate assistance, please call this toll-free number for information, support, and counseling. You will be connected to the nearest crisis center.
  • What a Difference a Friend Makes - a campaign for mental health recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems.
  • Stop Underage Drinking - a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue.
  • Voice Awards - recognizing entertainment industry professionals and mental health consumers who have given a voice to people with mental health problems.
  • Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health - demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.
  • Knowledge Application Project - information & resources for substance abuse treatment professionals.
  • Partners for Recovery - seeks to improve services, systems of care and supports; and provides technical resources to those who deliver services to prevent & treat substance use and mental health conditions.

Last updated: 2/14/2011