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.
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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/
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
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
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 (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.
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.
- 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
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
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
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