Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category
Friday, July 11th, 2014
From the Office of Minority Health (OMH):
Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.
· Non-Hispanic Whites are more than twice as likely to receive antidepressant prescription treatments as are Non-Hispanic Blacks.
· In 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34.
· Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over age 65 in the United States.
· Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.
For more information on mental health and minority populations, such as statistics, tools and resources, visit the OMH page: http://1.usa.gov/1omWTes
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
National Women’s Health Week (May 11th – 17th) and National Women’s Checkup Day (May 12th) provide communities, stakeholders and health care providers with the opportunity to focus on women’s mental and physical health concerns. To help women live longer, healthier lives and reduce the risk for certain diseases, providers and communities can promote:
- Regular checkups and preventive screenings
- Physical activity
- Healthy eating
- Improving mental health
- Avoiding risky behaviors (i.e. smoking or not wearing a seat belt)
Factsheets, events and activity planning resources can be found on the National Women’s Health week web page of Womenshealth.gov – http://1.usa.gov/RpstPy. Materials are also available on the Spread the word webpage – http://1.usa.gov/1mAjBk1 – to make it easy for people to what information about National Women’s Health Week with friends, family and colleagues, including pre-developed Facebook posts and Tweets, newsletter next and web badges.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
The Rural Assistance Center has produced a Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit. The toolkit contains several modules, each of which focuses on a different aspect of mental health services in rural areas.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Rural Communities
- Where to Begin – Determining Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs
- Development and Use of Evidence-based Interventions
- Evaluating Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs
- Program Clearinghouse
Access the full toolkit: http://bit.ly/1m5a73i
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Health Resources and Services Administration, Center for Integrated Health Solutions, will be hosting a webinar on medication self-management. This webinar will approach the topic of self-management and medication use from three perspectives. This webinar recognizes that, while medications can be very effective tools in promoting recovery, they alone will not be sufficient for many persons with serious and/or prolonged conditions. For these individuals, the medications we currently use do not “cure” serious mental illnesses or addictions.
April 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
For more information and to register, visit the SAMHSA web site: http://bit.ly/1eoCGRm
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
HHS and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month with the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. For a toolkit, resources, and ideas on how you or your organization can raise awareness about alcoholism, please visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at http://bit.ly/1iknxCZ and HealthFinder at http://1.usa.gov/1kvXqua
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Parents and educators can use the resources below to education kids on alcohol abuse.
Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot http://1.usa.gov/1mNE73M
FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking http://1.usa.gov/1grxwUJ
Too Smart to Start http://1.usa.gov/Pow67w
Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans) http://1.usa.gov/PowkLS
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Your integrated care team may include professionals from primary care, mental health, and substance use. To work together, they must understand how each sector works and what it takes to successfully integrate primary and behavioral healthcare. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) worked with experts to produce a variety of skill development trainings for members of the integrated care team. These trainings are appropriate for primary care, mental health and substance use professionals, including social workers, psychiatrists, case managers and behavioral health consultants. Trainings can be taken at any time and are free of charge. http://bit.ly/1jWho5n
Monday, March 17th, 2014
This month’s Healthy You, a consumer health health bulletin from the American Public Health Association, focuses on anxiety. The one page handout is available in English and Spanish and can be freely reproduced.
Download current and previous Healthy You handouts: http://bit.ly/UD9hur
Monday, February 17th, 2014
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) is offering a webinar series dedicated to the behavioral health of girls.
“This six-part webinar series, Girls Matter, provides research, best practice and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today—including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls.
SAMHSA has created this webinar series to: Increase the behavioral health workforce’s understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls (primarily ages 12-18) and Bring visibility and attention to the specific behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls.”
- Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)
- The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (Thursday, March 13, 2014)
- Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)
- Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)
- Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
- The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (Thursday, July 24, 2014)
Learn more and register for webinars: http://bit.ly/1jwm6T7
Monday, February 10th, 2014
Dating Matters, a 60-minute, interactive online course from the Centers for Disease Control, helps educators and youth leaders recognize the warning signs of teen dating violence.
“Dating Matters™ takes place in a virtual school setting, complete with navigation through school hallways and classrooms. A teacher’s whiteboard presents information in a user-friendly way and provide navigation, help, and interactive resources for use throughout the course.” (CDC)
Access the training and read how the training has been implemented in four cities: http://1.usa.gov/MFRhAt
Monday, February 10th, 2014
From the National Institute of Mental Health:
“People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression than otherwise healthy people. Angina and heart attacks are closely linked with depression. Researchers are unsure exactly why this occurs. They do know that some symptoms of depression may reduce your overall physical and mental health, increasing your risk for heart disease or making symptoms of heart disease worse. Fatigue or feelings of worthlessness may cause you to ignore your medication plan and avoid treatment for heart disease. Having depression increases your risk of death after a heart attack.“
Download the full brochure in English or Spanish: http://1.usa.gov/MFLWZX