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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Traumatic events – Preparing, Responding, and Coping

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. 

NIH Launches Moms’ Mental Health Matters

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

June NIH News in Health

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/

Help for Emotional Distress following Mass Violence

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

Disparities within Serious Mental Illness Report from AHRQ

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

SAMHSA Data Archive

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

U.S. Suicide Rates are up 24 Percent since 1999

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

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma to Help End Health Disparities

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

Want to Know How to Help a Friend?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

It can be challenging to know how to react when you notice a friend exhibiting signs of a mental health condition. It’s important first to be able to recognize those warning signs and to then be able to talk with your friend about their situation in a way that is comfortable for them. NAMI has created this infographic to highlight a few steps you should follow in order to help a friend that is going through problems with their mental health. To download the graphic http://bit.ly/1qk7LBZ

Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

From SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense

Webinar presented by Jay Ostrowki, National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00pm (EDT)

To register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

This webcast is designed to help you begin exploring how telemedicine may help increase access to behavioral health services for your patients. Key issues and growth opportunities in the telemental health industry will be covered.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1UUY6yG for more information and to see upcoming presentations in the Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-behavioral Health.