Documentary on FASD: Call Me Mental

This short documentary on FASD features several people associated with MOFAS, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  The video was created as part of a collaboration called Call Me Mental, which is composed of artists and clinicians who want to change the attitude toward mental illness.  This video showcases the challenges of living with an FASD through the personal stories of Alex and Martin.


Commentary from Dr. Carolyn Phelps, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Uh, yeah – no. There is no such study result. Which is really too bad if you think about it. Because we certainly act like there is study after study which supports that headline. The only thing that we seem to do quicker than shame others for their transgressions, is to judge them, typically with very little information. Sometimes, we even prefer to judge with…

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How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

Norlien Foundation

October 10, 2013

The AFWI is pleased to announce the launch of our first animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public audiences.


The AFWI developed the video with considerable input from our partners at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the FrameWorks Institute. Using metaphors developed by FrameWorks and tested with audiences both in the US and in Alberta, “How Brains are Built” infuses core story concepts with energy, accessibility, and high fidelity to the science.

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Don’t know? Don’t drink.

Don't know- poster_0alcohol.org.nzprovides information, advice, research and resources to help prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm and inspire New Zealanders to make better decisions about drinking alcohol.

Take a peak at their new awareness campaign! ‘Don’t know? Don’t drink’ encourages women to stop drinking alcohol if there is any chance they could be pregnant.

Alcohol can affect a developing baby throughout pregnancy, including before a woman knows she is pregnant. There is no known safe amount and no known safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Advertising commenced on 14 June 2015 and continues until September 2015. It will primarily be seen in targeted online environments and in bar settings. A 30-second video has been developed that focuses on the moment a woman has to decide whether or not to drink, even though she might be pregnant. The audience for the campaign is young women aged 18 to 30 years who drink at moderate to risky levels.

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How To Manage Trauma

Trauma is a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, 55% – 99% of women in substance use treatment and 85% – 95% of women in the public mental health system report a history of trauma, with the abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood.


An individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, spiritual.


For a PDF version, just click! Trauma-infographic

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are more common than thought, say researchers at congressional briefing

shutterstock_150706244-500x333Many women aren’t fully aware of the risks associated with drinking while pregnant, and the public needs more information on the symptoms and severity of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to experts who spoke at a congressional briefing.

FASD is more common than researchers had thought, George F. Koob, PhD, who directs the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said at the briefing on April 13, which was co-hosted by APA’s Science Directorate Government Relations Office. New research shows that FASD affects 2.4 percent to 4.8 percent of U.S. children when partial cases are included (Pediatrics, 2014). Though more research is needed, the institute has made some progress in treating the condition, including funding the development of a 3-D scanning technique that decodes changes in a child’s facial structure due to the disorder, helping doctors diagnose it.

Early diagnosis and treatment are essential since FASD is associated with…

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