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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
August 22, 2013 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Five mental health and five addiction provider organizations from around the country recently completed the National Council’s Co-Occurring Disorder Learning Community to improve their ability to provide effective integrated and comprehensive care for individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses and addictions. The alumni sites will share their recipes for success in a two-part webinar series. The first webinar is tailored for mental health providers that want to learn to begin integrating addiction services.
More information and the link to register for the webinar are available online: http://bit.ly/18IHkYJ
Thursday, August 15th, 2013
SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center) - Links to brochures, fact sheets, articles, research and organizations addressing mental health issues across rural America.
Rural America makes up 90% of the United States landmass and is home to approximately 25% of the U.S. population. Despite these proportions, rural issues often are misunderstood, minimized, and not considered in forming national mental health policy.1
Stigma is particularly intense in rural communities, where anonymity is difficult to maintain.2 The negative attitudes attached to having a mental disorder in a rural area can lead to under-diagnosis and under-treatment of mental disorders among rural residents. Additionally, finding a mental health provider and accessing care is more difficult in rural areas than urban areas, with persons with mental illnesses sometimes spending more time traveling to see a provider than at actual appointments.
Information on mental health issues in rural areas, including how to increase social inclusion and reduce discrimination, can be found in the materials available here: http://1.usa.gov/18ycQsj
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
From the Health and Human Services Administration’s National Partnership for Action To End Health Disparities Blog:
One in four.
That’s how many adults are facing mental health problems in our country – and there is evidence to suggest that the burden of mental health issues may be even greater among minority communities. But too often, the causes and consequences of untreated mental health problems are left out of the conversation when we talk about improving the health of our most vulnerable and underserved. For communities that are already confronting widespread barriers to health and opportunity, the consequences of mental health problems – among them, decreased worker productivity, increased economic costs to the health care system and heightened risk of premature death, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – can have a devastating toll.
During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the costly burden of mental health problems for diverse communities, and we shine a light on avenues for prevention, treatment, wellness and recovery. We acknowledge that mental health problems touch all communities, in all parts of our country – but that the struggle for equity persists in mental health as well.
To read the whole story, visit the blog site: http://1.usa.gov/17vRlG5
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination. The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.
SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP): http://1.usa.gov/15ktAoO
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
From the National Institute on Mental Health:
“On Tuesday, July 23, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) launched “OK2TALK,” a campaign to increase understanding and awareness about mental health in youth. The Tumblr-based community campaign includes television and radio ads in English and Spanish that feature teens and young adults opening up about their experiences with mental health. These ads aim to prompt conversation and let people know that help is available and effective. The site also encourages young adults and teens to share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope, and includes resources for those seeking help.
The “OK2TALK” campaign is inspired in part by the personal struggles of NAB President and former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith’s 22-year-old son, Garrett, who wrestled with depression and ultimately took his own life.” (Source: http://1.usa.gov/1ceblEd)
To access the site: http://ok2talk.org/
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Healthnet, the University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health program, just published their summer newsletter for public librarians and others interested in consumer health information services. The newsletter highlights resources for summer food programs for kids, Lyme Disease, and enjoying the summer sun safely. An article summarizes the new DSM-5. The newsletter also includes several book reviews.
Healthnet’s website also includes resources guides for consumers and librarians. The resource guides for consumers feature information for caregiving, growing older, medical information in plain language, mental health resources, navigating the health care system, and patient advocacy. Discover these and more at:
Healthnet, the University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health program
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
July 31, 2013
2:00 – 3:30pm Eastern
The American Psychiatric Association released the DSM-5, the latest iteration of the leading diagnostic manual for mental health disorders. The DSM is the foremost resource for psychiatric diagnoses relied upon by individual practitioners, insurers, researchers and policymakers. Join the National Council for Behavioral Health for this webinar to review the overall changes, garner resources to help clinicians factor the changes into practice and review the business implications.
More information about the DSM-5 Changes webinar can be found on the National Council for Behavioral Health’s web site: http://bit.ly/18xMGGE
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
July 31, 2013
1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern
Federal investment in healthcare reform efforts continue to demonstrate the importance of behavioral health and primary care, screening for mental illnesses and addictions and access to behavioral health and primary care treatment in communities nationwide. Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Health and Research Services Administration Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care to learn about two innovative federal investments in programs and technical assistance resources that support the integration of primary care and behavioral health services.
More information about the Integration Innovations webinar can be found on the SAMHSA web site: http://1.usa.gov/O5pHKK
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
The U.S. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is sponsoring a webinar on July 30, 2013 about suicide prevention strategies and resources for service members, veterans, and their families. The webinar will provide an overview of risk factors, as well as a suicide prevention plan and examples of what states, communities and organizations are doing to reduce suicides in this population. More information is here: http://bit.ly/11XGPLb
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month offers organizations of all types and sizes a wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. Recognition of this month is aimed at improving access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. For more information, see the National Alliance on Mental Illness web site: http://bit.ly/14JulUq