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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

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:

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:

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. 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

Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

From SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions,

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

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 for more information and to see upcoming presentations in the Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-behavioral Health.

A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and Men

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this meeting summary highlights issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) males. This report will provide clinicians with data on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and substance use disorder within the population. Pub id: SMA16-4959

Behavioral Health Barometer 2015

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Behavioral Health Barometer, 2015 was published 2/2016. This report presents data about key aspects of substance use and mental health care issues, including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. Pub id: SMA16-BARO-2015.

Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Webinar from the National Institute of Mental Health:

Webinar: Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 12pm – 1pm EST

Presenter: Erin Berman, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy)

There is no cost to participate in this webinar.

Please note that participants will need access to a computer and the ability to download or temporarily run the software WebEx. Directions on how to access the software will be included in a registration email.

Contact Kalene DeHaut, LCSW at to register.”

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21-27

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to put the spotlight on eating disorders and improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. Millions of people across the country suffer from eating disorders, but by increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, so early intervention can mean saving lives. Learn more at