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ASK iTunes AppFree, Small & Easy App to Save Lives Around You

Now Available on iTunes!

Mental Health America of Texas is proud to announce a small iPhone App for suicide prevention which is freely distributable everywhere.

This app was developed from a non-proprietary suicide prevention training program called ASK (ASK about suicide / Seek more information / Know where to refer) which was also developed by Mental Health America of Texas. The suicide prevention app is supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

We urge you to take a moment and download this app, because when you or your friends are in crisis, a shortcut to the right help can make a huge difference in its outcome.

Learn easy steps to help prevent suicide in your community right now. Click the link above to open iTunes and download, or search "suicide prevention" in the App Store on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

You really can help save a life!

Texas Teen Opportunity Project (T-TOP) Report 2010

In November of 2007, Texas DSHS hosted a Hispanic Teen Pregnancy Prevention Summit.  The purpose of the summit was to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of public health policy makers, researchers, clinicians and social scientists to identify the unique components necessary for an effective pregnancy prevention program for Hispanic youth. The summit participants identified the need to gather additional data on effective teen pregnancy prevention and youth development strategies, effective marketing methodology for the Hispanic community and potential frameworks and models for interventions. This led to the development of the Texas Teen Opportunity Project (T-TOP). The Hispanic Teen Pregnancy Prevention Steering Committee, made up of national researchers and policy makers (including the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy), state adolescent pregnancy prevention experts and local clinicians, provided valuable insight into the conceptualization of the study.

In order to better understand the large differences in teen pregnancy and birth rates among Latinos, African-Americans, and Whites in Texas, researchers from the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, with funding from DSHS Title V Maternal and Child Health, conducted the Texas Teen Opportunity Project (T-TOP).  T-TOP investigated whether Latinos hold different community norms than do African-Americans or Whites regarding factors that may put teens at risk for pregnancy – their orientation toward the future, communication about sex, and contraceptive use and relationships.  To address these questions, race/ethnicity-specific focus group interviews were conducted with young women and men who were not yet parents, young women and men who were already parents, as well as the parents of adolescents in four of the largest cities in Texas. 

This report highlights the following key findings in the areas of youth development, parent-teen communication about sex, and contraception and sexual relationships, as well as similarities and differences by racial/ethnic group, gender of youth, parenting status of youth, youth compared to parents of teens, and the acculturation status of Latino parents of teens.

Download the full report here. Texas Teen Opportunity Project Report 2010

Last updated October 11, 2012