Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
According to Healthfinder and WELCOA, the Wellness Council of America, these are some of the health observances for July.
- Cord Blood Awareness Month
- International Group B Strep Awareness Month
- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
- Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
- National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
- UV Safety Month
- July 28 is World Hepatitis Day
For more details, see Healthfinder, http://bit.ly/29CsAmH and WELCOA, http://bit.ly/29ry4zG.
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
AHRQ released this report based on research conducted by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). The information in this report is intended to help health care decision makers—patients and clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers, among others—make well-informed decisions and thereby improve the quality of health care services.
The study identified 1,494 citations about telehealth, from which 58 systematic reviews met the inclusion criteria. There is sufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of telehealth for specific uses with some types of patients, including:
- Remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic conditions;
- Communication and counseling for patients with chronic conditions;
- Psychotherapy as part of behavioral health.
For a copy of the report, see the AHRQ EPC Evidence-Based Reports, http://bit.ly/29CtVtA
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has a number of resources regarding preparing for, responding to, and coping with traumatic events.
DIMRC Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events, http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n
Disaster Lit® searches
Disaster Lit® recently added resources
- TRACIE Topic Collection: Mass Gatherings/Special Events, http://1.usa.gov/1U8wNMX
- Provides resources designed to help emergency medical staff create robust plans for mass critical care before an incident strikes their jurisdiction.
- TRACIE Topic Collection: Emergency Operations Plans/Emergency Management Program, http://1.usa.gov/1ZR6eQ1
- Provides resources that highlight select standards, guidance, regulation, accreditation programs, and tools that can help healthcare emergency preparedness professionals create new, or bolster the foundation of, existing programs and plans.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched Moms’ Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. The NIH has developed free materials in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters and a conversation starter postcard. Learn more about Moms’ Mental Health Matters and order free materials at http://1.usa.gov/1RZuGsv
Monday, June 13th, 2016
This month’s issue of NIH News in Health includes:
- Can You Lengthen Your Life?
- Seeking Allergy Relief
- Complementary Approaches for Depression
- Featured Website: Prescription Drug Abuse
NIH News in Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/
Monday, June 13th, 2016
People dealing with emotional distress from the Orlando shooting or any other disaster are encouraged to use the Disaster Distress Helpline.
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
“Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Spanish-speakers should text Hablanos to 66746. English speakers in U.S. territories text TalkWithUs to 1-212-461-4635. Calls and texts are answered by trained, caring counselors from crisis call centers located throughout the United States.”
Incidents of Mass Violence (SAMHSA): http://1.usa.gov/1U3QJ3n
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
The primary goal of this Technical Brief is to describe and review the effectiveness of interventions that address disparities among adult patients with serious mental illness (SMI). The report is based on research conducted by the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Adults with SMI often experience gaps in access to needed health care compared with other populations. Such disparities may be even more pronounced between certain groups of patients with SMI, differing by race, ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage (including housing stability) and socioeconomic status, and geographic location (chiefly, rural versus urban); disparities arise as well for individuals identifying as LGBT and those who have difficulty communicating in English.
The study reviewed the published and gray literature and interviewed Key Informants to address several Guiding Questions. Gaps persist both in terms of the diversity of disparity groups included in studies (particularly individuals who identify as LGBT and the elderly) and approaches considered.
For more information and to download the report, visit http://1.usa.gov/1XlFPMV
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has added new features to its Mental Health Data Archive, and more enhancements are planned for the future. Use the archive to find and analyze datasets: http://bit.ly/1XxNhCO
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, the Centers for Disease Control reported recently. Awareness of the likelihood of suicide is an important step towards prevention. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers suicide prevention tools and training at: http://1.usa.gov/1rArzm3
Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
People like Dior Vargas are activity combating negative stigma surrounding mental illness. MentalHealth.gov provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).
Image and links seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat