Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category
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: http://bit.ly/17rBCgc
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: http://bit.ly/15Evu01
SAMHSA: New toolkit released: Behavioral Health Treatment Needs Assessment Toolkit for States. Available here: http://1.usa.gov/14jrCm0
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Vice President Biden speaks at the National Conference on Mental Health (http://1.usa.gov/15yd4hz) 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: http://bit.ly/14sKThI
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Yesterday, Kathleen Sibelius announced the launch of http://mentalhealth.gov/. 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 MentalHealth.gov at: http://1.usa.gov/17Xqqci
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 MentalHealth.gov.
The Information Brief section of the Toolkit “Conversations in Your Community About Mental Health” is available for print and electronic download at http://1.usa.gov/1b0LCdA
SAMHSA website, http://1.usa.gov/11fJJEn
SAMHSA store, http://1.usa.gov/11fJGbH
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 <http://goo.gl/ngVhj> or call toll- free SAMHSA- (1-877-726-4727) and order SAMHSA Disaster Kit SMA11-Disaster.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 5 -11.
This week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children’s mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in the children’s mental health movement. It is organized by National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. See their web site for resources for families and youth, ways to be involved, and the 2013 poster winners. http://bit.ly/15Faae2
Friday, April 19th, 2013
CDC: New website launched focusing on suicide prevention, The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S). View the new layout with added tools, resources, research and more. http://bit.ly/Z6kM2y
Friday, April 5th, 2013
The Adventures of Rubberkid (http://bit.ly/14Tnon0) is a simple-yet-entertaining game that can be beaten in less than half an hour, but the lessons it leaves behind are invaluable. Each level pits Rubberkid – the player – against bullies, in an effort to protect the innocent child (or children) from the harsh insults hurled at them. Each successful level shows potential consequences of the bullying and potential future accomplishments of the victims now that you’ve helped them maintain confidence. Players can also can print out a certificate pledge as a reminder to not bully others, but to also speak up when others are bullied.
The Adventures of Rubberkid is available for no-cost as an online Flash game or as a downloadable file. The game developer is working directly with schools and libraries to create customized versions of the game and to provide copies of the game on CDs.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, has made available a new snapshot fact sheet available: March 2013: Health Snapshot — Hispanic Adolescents in the United States. The snapshot offers resources to educate teens about health issues, to find health insurances programs, and to assist with high school completion. See the snapshot at: http://1.usa.gov/16YQCAd
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
The Center for Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital in Boston helps families to use media in healthy ways. CMCH offers tips to control time, pay attention to content and context, use critical thinking, and create and model media mastery. The Center recommends parents set time limits, co-view, pay attention to media ratings, and model healthy media habits. Learn more on the Center for Media and Child Health site at http://bit.ly/ZF4LhJ.
Have questions about child and media health? You can ask CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich on the Ask the Mediatrician. Questions are answered every Monday and Thursday. Check out Ask the Mediatrician at