Multiple intersecting social, psychological, and biological factors influence a person's well-being. Social behavioral health refers to the larger social constructs that influence behavior and impact individual, community, and population health.
The field of public health has an integral role in addressing behavioral health, which encompasses mental health, substance abuse disorders, and behavior change. While acknowledging the importance of a full continuum of services, public health often focuses on primary prevention and addressing the broader community, societal, and systemic factors essential to good health.
Creating a Shared Approach to Suicide and Overdose Prevention
A tool to help states and territories build comprehensive prevention strategies that target common factors shared by suicide and overdose.Get the Infographic
Prevention for the Next Generation: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Suicide, and Overdose
This podcast covers why understanding the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs is critical to helping people—especially youth—live happy and healthy lives.Listen to the Podcast
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ASTHO partners with federal, state, territorial, and non-profit agencies to address a variety of social and behavioral health topics. Key partners include state and territorial health agencies, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, the Safe States Alliance, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, the American Public Human Services Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.