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Two New Issue Guides from NIF

NIF-logoOur partners at the National Issues Forums Institute – an NCDD organizational member – have just released two new issue guides for helping facilitate dialogue and public deliberation around two important issues: mental health and alcohol abuse. As always, NIFI’s discussion guides present three different approaches to addressing the problem at hand for participants to weigh.

In the mental health guide, “Mental Illness in America: How Do We Address a Growing Problem?“, the three options presented are as follows:

Option One: “Put Safety First” – This option would make public safety the top priority and support intervention, if necessary, to provide help for those with serious mental illness.

Option Two: “Expand Services” – This option would make mental health services as widely available as possible so that people can get the help they need.

Option Three: “Let People Plot Their Own Course” – This option would reduce the number of mental illness diagnoses and curtail the use of psychiatric medications, allowing for more individuality.

And in the alcohol abuse guide, “Alcohol in America: What Can We Do about Excessive Drinking?“, the options are framed this way:

Option One: “Protect Others from Danger” – Society should do what it takes to protect itself from the negative consequences of drinking behavior.

Option Two: “Help People with Alcohol Problems” – We need to help people reduce their drinking.

Option Three: “Change Society’s Relationship with Alcohol” – This option says that solutions must address the societal attitudes and environments that make heavy drinking widely accepted.

To find out more about these and other issue guides, you can visit the NIFI issue books store here.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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