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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Minority Mental Health Month

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:

Webinar: Building Community Resiliency and Healing

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:

Veterans Health Library

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.

Mental Health First Aid

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:

Veterans Mental Health Continuing EducationToolkit

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.

Mental Health Resources

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care

Suicide Prevention Resource Center  – Contains information and tools to implement state-of-the art suicide prevention practices and overcome the significant hurdles this life-saving work faces in primary care practices. Available here:


Telemental Health Guide

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  – A program of activities developed by the University of Colorado Denver to eliminate mental health disparities in the United States. Available here:


SAMHSA: New toolkit released: Behavioral Health Treatment Needs Assessment Toolkit for States. Available here:

Joe Biden’s remarks at the National Conference on Mental Health

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Vice President Biden speaks at the National Conference on Mental Health ( Biden says “it is his hope that the conference makes clear to all Americans that There is no distinction between a mental health problem and a physical problem. That there should be no stigma to a family or individual to seek help for mental health anymore than for a broken arm or a diagnosis of cancer, and in the process it is our goal to improve not only the access to mental health at an affordable rate…improving the already positive, positive help that is out there. It begins by making sure insurance companies provide coverage to mental health services so it is affordable and available, and that is what we have done with the Affordable Care Act, by the way that is the Mental Parity Act…established a while ago, but now, only coming to fruition. It will ensure that 62 million Americans will get quality mental health care and substance abuse coverage now. We are working to implement the Mental Health Parity Law, so we can make mental illness as treatable as all other illness. And now we have to cease in the opportunity to provide it by the expanded care so that people in need of health know it’s available and have faith in it’s efficacy.”

Listen to remarks from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, actor Bradley Cooper, and Vice President Biden at:

New Federal Website:

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Yesterday, Kathleen Sibelius announced the launch of This website includes information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations about mental health. Kay Jamison, Glenn Close, Cher and others share stories of recovery and hope. The site includes information for people with mental health problems, for parents and caregivers, for family and friends, and for educators. The site is part of a National Dialogue on Mental Health to support community conversations, public/private partnership commitments, and discussion on social and online media.

Explore at:

SAMHSA Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

SAMHSA will release a Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health to support communities interested in holding discussions about mental health using consistent information and approaches. The entire SAMHSA Toolkit will be available soon via the SAMHSA website, the SAMHSA Store, and

The Information Brief section of the Toolkit “Conversations in Your Community About Mental Health” is available for print and electronic download at

SAMHSA website,
SAMHSA store,,

SAMHSA Disaster Kit

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The SAMHSA disaster kit is not a new resource but in light of recent tragedies it is worth mentioning again. The kit is free and contains printed materials on managing stress during traumatic events. The material in the kit focuses on information for emergency and disaster response workers and their families. There are also a few tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers on how to talk to children and youth after a disaster or traumatic event. Visit the SAMHSA store <> or call toll- free SAMHSA- (1-877-726-4727) and order SAMHSA Disaster Kit SMA11-Disaster.