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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults: New Training

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has created an online training tool entitled “Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.” The six 10-minute modules are designed for staff of long-term care and other aging service providers.

From the Center:

“This tool was developed by the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging, with support from many groups including but not limited to SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Rose Villa, and the Methodist Home of D.C.”

For more information and to access the tool: http://bit.ly/1tMir8F

Kids.gov September Calendar

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Start your school year off right by checking the Kids.gov September calendar for upcoming special events. The calendar features websites, lesson plans, and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, National Preparedness Month, World Suicide Prevention Day and a lot more! Don’t forget to bookmark the main calendar page, so you can plan for the rest of the school year!

September calendar: http://1.usa.gov/YFlC8z

Main calendar page: http://1.usa.gov/1pW3LUH

 

Indian Health Services Suicide Prevention Portal

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

From the U.S. Office of Minority Health: Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event, occurring at disproportionately high rates. Indian Health Service is partnering with leadership on the tribal, federal, state and community level on a new suicide prevention website,  http://1.usa.gov/1w9X0Uf,  for providers and the public to learn about key risk factors. The website provides comprehensive resources for health care providers and patients, media campaign collateral and valuable strategies on how to begin a conversation about suicide.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there is help. Callers to 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will talk to a skilled, trained counselor, who will listen and provide information about local mental health services. Calls are free and confidential.

More information about the Lifeline and advice to help yourself and others: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

Webinar: Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations

Monday, August 18th, 2014

On August 20, 2014, from 3-4 pm ET, Mental Health America is hosting a webinar entitled Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations. The webinar is designed for those who work in the mental health field but who do not use social media regularly.

Presenters: Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Social Media for Nonprofits; Mike Thornsbury, Marketer and Mental Health Volunteer; Jessica Kennedy, Webmaster, Mental Health America

More information and instructions for logging into the webinar: http://bit.ly/1pEWNDS

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