Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Celebrated National Women's Health Week (May 14 through May 20, 2017) With Online Webinars and Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) actively contributes to the health and well-being of women through development of resources that focus specifically on how behavioral health providers can better meet the unique needs of women and girls. 

SAMHSA resources include an online course titled Introduction to Women and Substance Use Disorders, which helps counselors and other practitioners working with women to better understand women's substance use, treatment, and recovery experiences, and highlights effective interventions for women.

Two recent webinar series, Girls Matter! and Women Matter!, focused on research, best practices, and key areas related to substance use and mental health concerns of girls and women. They are still available for viewing and continuing education credits. A new webinar series, Relationships Matter!, is also now underway. It focuses on the role of relationships in the lives of women with mental health and substance use issues.

Another new resource, Guidance Document for Supporting Women in Co-Ed Settings, offers best practices for supporting women with substance use disorder in co-ed treatment and recovery settings. The guide highlights the importance of understanding and addressing gender differences, fostering cultural sensitivity, and developing healthy relationships. 

For these and other resources related to women and girls, visit SAMHSA's Women, Children, and Families Training and Technical Assistance website.