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SAMSHA Wellness Week Town Hall Kickoff

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative Webinar
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions for National Wellness Week 2013. This training teleconference is free and open to everyone. This Webinar will inform and inspire people to take action toward improving overall wellness by participating in National Wellness Week 2013. Specifically, participants will learn how to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their lives; how to join the wellness movement and get involved during National Wellness Week; and how the community will work together to achieve the goals of SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative.

Presenters include Betty Vreeland, Theresa Strawder, James H. Rimmer, and Kenneth Jue.

Register at:

Not Just the Baby Blues: Screening Can Help Address Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

From the Advice Column of Dr. Carolyn Clancy<>

According to 2010 Federal data more babies are born in July, August and September. Dr. Clancy reviews the signs and symptoms of major depression and discusses what you can do to get help for yourself or someone you know.

Webinar: National Council for Behavioral Health Integrating Addiction and Mental Healthcare

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:

Rural Mental Health Materials

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:

Spotlight On Minority Mental Health

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:

SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

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):

OK2TALK: new campaign for teens and young adults with mental health issues

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:

To access the site:

Healthnet Summer Newsletter

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 newsletter

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

Webinar: DSM-5 Changes, Clinical Overview and Business Implications

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:

Webinar: Integration Innovations, A Discussion With Two Federal Agencies (Part I of II)

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: