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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

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: http://1.usa.gov/17vRlG5

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): http://1.usa.gov/15ktAoO

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: http://1.usa.gov/1ceblEd)

To access the site: http://ok2talk.org/

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
http://bit.ly/14Q7xG6

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
http://library.uchc.edu/departm/hnet/

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: http://bit.ly/18xMGGE

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: http://1.usa.gov/O5pHKK

Suicide Prevention Strategies for Service Members, Veterans and Families

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The U.S. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is sponsoring a webinar on July 30, 2013 about suicide prevention strategies and resources for service members, veterans, and their families. The webinar will provide an overview of risk factors, as well as a suicide prevention plan and examples of what states, communities and organizations are doing to reduce suicides in this population. More information is here: http://bit.ly/11XGPLb

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:  http://bit.ly/14JulUq

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: http://1.usa.gov/11SFGiV

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. http://bit.ly/12nX9CJ