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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Resources for Addressing Mental Health

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Addressing Mental Health in African Americans Through FAITH

Learn more about a partnership between faith community leaders and researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in this NIMHD Blog post by Dr. Tiffany Haynes and Fay Boozman from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Campaign to Change Direction PSAs

“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) produced four public service announcements (PSAs) as part of a co-sponsorship agreement with Give an Hour for the Campaign to Change Direction.”

  • Military communities, service members, veterans, and their families
  • Adolescent and young adults ages 14 to 20
  • Hispanic/Latino communities (one in English and one in Spanish)

Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the release of the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda, a first-of-its-kind collaborative tribal-federal blueprint that highlights the extent to which behavioral health challenges affect Native communities, in addition to strategies and priorities to reduce these problems and improve the behavioral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Native communities experience disproportionately high rates of behavioral health problems such as mental and substance use disorders. In addition, these communities’ behavioral health needs have traditionally been underserved. Mental and substance use disorders – which may result from adverse childhood experiences, historical and intergenerational trauma, and other factors – are also reflected in high rates of interpersonal violence, major depression, excessive alcohol use, suicide, and suicide risk. Overall, these problems pose a corrosive threat to the health and well-being of many American Indians and Alaska Natives. The document is available for free at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1b80

Memory Affected by Cancer Treatment

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Many people are living longer with cancer because of major advances in diagnosis and screening as well as better treatments. But cancer treatment can have an impact on memory, sometimes referred to as “chemobrain.”

From NIHSeniorHealth.gov you can learn how cancer treatment can affect memory and find tips to help improve memory and concentration after cancer treatment, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lzjx.

The information on Surviving Cancer and memory was developed for NIHSeniorHealth by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH.

For more information from NCI, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/3v0w

Effects of Severe Weather on Behavioral Health

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A recent SAMHSA newsletter article discusses the impact of severe weather on mental health. The piece includes some “disaster mental health tips” and links to resources to help communities develop “thoughtful approaches that consider behavioral health preparations and responses to severe storms and other disasters.”

SHEC’s Cultural Competency Webinar Series

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Mental Health in Ethnically Diverse, LGBTQIA and Youth Groups Webinar

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide last fall 2015. The guide was comprised of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 regional health equity councils (RHECs), stakeholders, and partners to help address cultural barriers with health care systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the SHEC develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/dz0y/.

To follow up on the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will host a series of webinars in various regions of the country. The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency. Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:

  1. Describe how mental health affects various ethnic groups;
  2. Describe how mental health affects LGBTQIA and youth communities;
  3. Discuss current programs that are currently addressing mental health in ethnically diverse, LGBTQIA, and youth communities; and
  4. Describe evaluating tool(s) for programs that address mental health in LGBTQIA and youth communities.

DATE: January 18, 2017 TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

For more information and to register, go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/w8am

Coping with the Holidays

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Sometimes the holidays can be very stressful. Here are some resources from the MedlinePlus Health Topics pages that can help you cope.

Mental Health and Stress

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Health Relaxation Techniques https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qsvc

Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health: Good Mental Health https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ykmf 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Meditation https://nnlm.gov/bhic/g2nt

MedlinePlus: Your Source for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Monday, December 19th, 2016

In addition to health topic pages on mental and physical conditions, MedlinePlus has numerous resources for improving one’s overall wellness. The Mental Health page has advice on letting go of grudges, managing your anger and “cultivating contentment.” Are you looking to ways to drink less? Check out the Alcohol and Alcoholism pages. Do you want to be more involved in your healthcare? The Talking With Your Doctor page has tips for asking questions, developing priorities and understanding medical words. Do you want to live better as you age? Is it time to finally quit smoking? Is this the year you lose weight, eat better, or start exercising? MedlinePlus has you covered with high quality, reliable health information.

Holiday Mental Health texts from MedlinePlus

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Get holiday mental health tips. Text MP Health to 468311

The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress. Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/j4wu

Supporting the Wellness of Military Children and their Families webinar from SAMHSA

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents:

Resources, Innovations, and Partnerships: Supporting the Wellness of Military Children and their Families
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:30pm EST
Register at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9lrz

Research has shown that military and veteran children are particularly resilient, especially when provided with the right tools, activities, and support. This webinar will provide answers in your search for resources, with an overview of the research on military and veteran children and tips for supporting military families. Presenters will also discuss strategies to build partnerships and develop targeted messaging to better engage and support military and veteran families. Sesame Street, a leader in creating effective resources for supporting the wellness and resiliency of young children, will be featured. Several of Sesame Workshop’s new and most effective tools and resources will be highlighted, including their latest mobile app and resources for military and veteran children. Participants will be able to download the mobile app, a variety of links, and innovative tools and resources to aid parents, caregivers, educators, and providers in providing the needed support to the children of our service members and veterans.

Please visit these links to view the resources that will be highlighted during the webinar:

www.Sesamestreet.org/veterans

www.Sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org

Healthy You: Teen Depression

Monday, November 7th, 2016

This month’s Healthy You column from the American Public Health Association focuses on Teen Depression. The consumer-friendly article can be downloaded in English or Spanish, easy-to-read or as a podcast. APHA encourages reuse and printing of the Healthy You columns to share at health fairs, on bulletin boards and in other venues.

Teen depression: It’s more than a passing mood swing: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9b6d