On December 5, 2013, join the national conversation on mental health, via cell phone. All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health. “Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health” is designed to engage high school and college students in particular, using technology that is ubiquitous in their lives. Read more about it at Creating Community Solutions”: http://bit.ly/1bDmtWk
Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category
Partners in Health: Mental Health, Primary Care and Substance Use Inter-agency Collaboration Tool KitThursday, October 3rd, 2013
Integrated Behavioral Health Project – Designed to help primary care clinics and behavioral health agencies forge collaborative relationships. Provides job descriptions, sample agreements and contracts, screening instruments and evaluation measures, operational forms, strategies and prototypes for integrating mental and physical services, practical advice, issues to consider when brokering agreements, and mutual role descriptions. http://1.usa.gov/GzXhYr
The MCH Library’s Depression During and After Pregnancy Knowledge Path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about the prevalence and incidence of perinatal depression; identification and treatment; impact on the health and well-being of new mothers and their infants; and implications for service delivery. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to learn more about depression during and after pregnancy, to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.
Depression During and After Pregnancy Knowledge Path, http://bit.ly/1eN4KBV
MentalHealth.gov created a Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health. The toolkit provides resources to hold a conversations about mental health. It is comprised of three parts including an information brief, a discussion guide, and a planning guide. The information brief is also available in Spanish. Learn more at: http://1.usa.gov/1bMJHOH
Psychological First Aid Online
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
Continuing Education Series
The NCTSN Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents. (1.5 continuing education contact hours per 1.5 hour presentation.) Current courses include Crossover Youth and Trauma-Informed Practice, Culture and Trauma, Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma, and The Role of Trauma Among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.
Mental Health America just announced new resources on student mental health.
“A student’s mental health is just as important as their general health,” said Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “We know the start of a new school year can be a stressful time for students all ages. These resources are designed to help everyone—students, parents and administrators—promote good mental health and ensure resources are available.”
The Back to Campus Toolkit includes fact sheets for students and information for colleges and universities about what types of services should be in place to address the mental health needs of the student body
A Back to School List of Tips provides important steps parents can take to support their child as he or she heads back to school.
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: http://bit.ly/188orMu
From the Advice Column of Dr. Carolyn Clancy<http://1.usa.gov/17Knviy>
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.
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
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