Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category
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
Friday, June 28th, 2013
SAMSHA is hosting a webinar on July 23 on Building Community Resiliency and Healing: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering From Community Trauma and Disasters. Participants will learn Emotional CPR (eCPR) and the Federal Management Agency’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, both results of lessons learned after Hurrican Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The webinar will highlight the important role of social support during disaster recovery. Presenters include: Dr. Dan Fisher (NEC), Marcie Roth (FEMA), Willie Barney (the Empowerment Network) and Margaret Upchurch (MHA of NJ). Register at: http://1.usa.gov/11SFGiV
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Access veteran-focused health information in the form of health sheets, videos, guides, and flipbooks geared toward veterans, their family members, and caregivers. http://bit.ly/12nX9CJ
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an early intervention public education program that teaches the public how to assist someone experiencing a behavioral health crisis. MHFA teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to individuals who may be experiencing signs of a mental illness or substance use disorder. First Aid is administered to help individuals connect with appropriate care. The training is especially useful in rural communities where access to mental health services may be limited. Rural MHFA is a way to build community level capacity to identify mental health and substance use concerns early and for rural residents to increase their confidence to intervene and refer people to the resources that do exist. MHRA is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about emntal health and substance abuse and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these disorders.
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course that teaches participants about:
- Risk factors and warning signs for mental health issues
- Prevalence of various mental health disorders
- The need to reduce stigma
- A 5-step action plan to assess a situation, identify appropriate interventions, and help those in need access mental health services
- Resources available to help people experiencing a mental health issue or problem
More information is available from the Rural Assistance Center online: http://bit.ly/136YxNd
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Health Resources and Services Administration - Provides tools and guidance to help AHEC staff plan and host continuing education events for health professionals on the needs of veterans, National Guard, Reservists, and their families who may be coping with post deployment mental and behavioral health issues and seeking health care in the civilian sector. http://1.usa.gov/13WdFtw