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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

New Publication: Indian Health Surveillance Report: Sexually Transmitted Disases, 2011

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of STD Prevention are pleased to announce the publication of the most recent Indian Health Surveillance Report – Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2011.  This report presents statistics and trends for STDs among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States and for the 12 IHS Administrative Areas.

View the Indian Health Surveillance Report online: http://1.usa.gov/1p4iD0f

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, July 11th, 2014

From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.

· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.

· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.

· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.

For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH  page: http://1.usa.gov/1omWTes

 

National Women’s Health Week and Checkup Day

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

National Women’s Health Week (May 11th – 17th) and National Women’s Checkup Day (May 12th) provide communities, stakeholders and health care providers with the opportunity to focus on women’s mental and physical health concerns.  To help women live longer, healthier lives and reduce the risk for certain diseases, providers and communities can promote:

  • Regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Improving mental health
  • Avoiding risky behaviors (i.e. smoking or not wearing a seat belt)

Factsheets, events and activity planning resources can be found on the National Women’s Health week web page of Womenshealth.gov - http://1.usa.gov/RpstPy.  Materials are also available on the Spread the word webpage – http://1.usa.gov/1mAjBk1 -  to make it easy for people to what information about National Women’s Health Week with friends, family and colleagues, including pre-developed Facebook posts and Tweets, newsletter next and web badges.

Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has produced a Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit. The toolkit contains several modules, each of which focuses on a different aspect of mental health services in rural areas.

Modules include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Rural Communities
  • Where to Begin – Determining Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs
  • Development and Use of Evidence-based Interventions
  • Evaluating Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs
  • Program Clearinghouse

Access the full toolkit: http://bit.ly/1m5a73i

 

Recovery to Practice Webinar: The Role of Self-Management in Using Medications

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Health Resources and Services Administration, Center for Integrated Health Solutions, will be hosting a webinar on medication self-management. This webinar will approach the topic of self-management and medication use from three perspectives.  This webinar recognizes that, while medications can be very effective tools in promoting recovery, they alone will not be sufficient for many persons with serious and/or prolonged conditions. For these individuals, the medications we currently use do not “cure” serious mental illnesses or addictions.

April 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

For more information and to register, visit the SAMHSA web site: http://bit.ly/1eoCGRm

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

HHS and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month with the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. For a toolkit, resources, and ideas on how you or your organization can raise awareness about alcoholism, please visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at http://bit.ly/1iknxCZ and HealthFinder at http://1.usa.gov/1kvXqua

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Parents and educators can use the resources below to education kids on alcohol abuse.

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot http://1.usa.gov/1mNE73M

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking http://1.usa.gov/1grxwUJ

Too Smart to Start http://1.usa.gov/Pow67w

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)  http://1.usa.gov/PowkLS

 

SAMHSA Offers Free Online Training for Members of Care Teams

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Your integrated care team may include professionals from primary care, mental health, and substance use. To work together, they must understand how each sector works and what it takes to successfully integrate primary and behavioral healthcare. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) worked with experts to produce a variety of skill development trainings for members of the integrated care team.  These trainings are appropriate for primary care, mental health and substance use professionals, including social workers, psychiatrists, case managers and behavioral health consultants. Trainings can be taken at any time and are free of charge. http://bit.ly/1jWho5n

Healthy You: Anxiety

Monday, March 17th, 2014

This month’s Healthy You, a consumer health health bulletin from the American Public Health Association, focuses on anxiety.  The one page handout is available in English and Spanish and can be freely reproduced.

Download current and previous Healthy You handouts: http://bit.ly/UD9hur

New webinar series: Girls Matter!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) is offering a webinar series dedicated to the behavioral health of girls.

From SAMHSA:

“This six-part webinar series, Girls Matter, provides research, best practice and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today—including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls.

SAMHSA has created this webinar series to: Increase the behavioral health workforce’s understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls (primarily ages 12-18) and Bring visibility and attention to the specific behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls.”

Schedule:

  • Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)
  • The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (Thursday, March 13, 2014)
  • Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)
  • Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)
  • Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
  • The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (Thursday, July 24, 2014)

Learn more and register for webinars: http://bit.ly/1jwm6T7

Dating Matters: online training for educators

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Dating Matters, a 60-minute, interactive online course from the Centers for Disease Control, helps educators and youth leaders recognize the warning signs of teen dating violence.

Dating Matters™ takes place in a virtual school setting, complete with navigation through school hallways and classrooms. A teacher’s whiteboard presents information in a user-friendly way and provide navigation, help, and interactive resources for use throughout the course.” (CDC)

Access the training and read how the training has been implemented in four cities: http://1.usa.gov/MFRhAt