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New Resources for National Suicide Prevention Week
National Suicide Prevention Week (Sep 8-14, 2014) and World Suicide Prevention Day (Sep 10, 2014) are approaching, and resources are available from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to support events and observances in your state. In the days following the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams by suicide, calls to national suicide hotlines and visits to support websites spiked, and it seems likely that this year's awareness events will receive increased attention and have the potential to reach wider audiences.

The theme of this year's National Suicide Prevention Week is "Suicide Prevention: One World Connected." The American Association of Suicidology's National Suicide Prevention Week Information & Media Kit gives you tools to use during that week to mobilize the public in support of suicide prevention, and to highlight your own services that may be available in the local community. The kit includes guidelines for proclamations, sample public service announcements, flyers, and op-ed pieces, as well as fact sheets on suicide and suicide prevention.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention offers a World Suicide Prevention Day toolkit, press package, and PowerPoint presentation that feature information, resources, and numerous ideas for individuals and communities around the world can commemorate this important day.

Nominate Your Peers for a 2015 AMCHP Award
AMCHP recognizes leadership in maternal and child health in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 24-27 in Washington, DC.

AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:

  1. John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  2. Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  3. Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  4. Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  5. Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award. The nomination deadline for these awards is Sept. 19, 2014.