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Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Improving Cultural Competence

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has release a new publication, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 59: Improving Cultural Competence.  This free resource will benefit you and your organization by assisting professional care providers and administrators in understanding the role of culture in the delivery of substance abuse and mental health services by enabling opportunities to discuss racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations and the core elements of cultural competence. To access this publication go to http://1.usa.gov/1JHVm3A

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Most everyone has been through a stressful event in his or her life. When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved. They may also have an impact on people who have seen the event either firsthand or on television. [CDC]

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
NLM: Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events – http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n
MedlinePlus: Coping with Disasters – http://1.usa.gov/1N13LgR
SAMHSA: Disaster Distress Helpline – http://1.usa.gov/1Tpwgq9

The National Institutes of Health Supports New Studies to Find Alzheimer’s Biomarkers in Down Syndrome Volunteers

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has started an initiative to identify biomarkers, track the progression of Alzheimer’s and the latter effects of dementia in persons with Down syndrome. Researchers will use brain imaging, as well as fluid and tissue biomarkers in research that could lead to effective solutions for those facing dementia.

For more information: http://1.usa.gov/1PlB4Pb

Autism and Exercise: Launch of New Video Series

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Exercise Connection launched a new video series, Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise.   The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students.  The series can be found on NCHPAD’s YouTube Channel. http://bit.ly/1MV5XTV

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent Health: Think. Act. Grow. (TAG) builds on previous national initiatives in adolescent health. OAH convened leaders of national organizations in the fields of health, social services, faith-based communities, and education; and parent and youth serving groups to develop and implement TAG. These groups identified the five essentials for adolescent health and possible roles and responsibilities that, together, have helped inform this national effort. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals working with adolescents to prioritize activities that improve adolescent health, including physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health.

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG): http://1.usa.gov/1RkrycL

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

SAMHSA has announced the availability of a new series of Regional Behavioral Health Barometers. These barometers divide existing SAMHSA data into separate reports for each of the 10 HHS regions of the United States. Each report uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), collected annually. Topics addressed in the reports include youth substance use, youth mental health and treatment, adult mental health and treatment, substance use, and substance use and treatment.

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers: http://1.usa.gov/1OcIOlR

Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

SAMHSA’s free resource has been updated: “Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide, A Toolkit for Senior Centers” offers strategies senior centers can use to integrate suicide prevention into activities that support the well-being of older adults. Describes activities that increase protective factors and explains how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Access the toolkit here: http://1.usa.gov/1Fv5s5H

New Resources from SAMHSA

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces new resources: SAMHSA eBooks. You can now access and read several SAMHSA materials more easily on mobile devices, tablets, and e-readers. Learn more at: http://1.usa.gov/1Q4EwKq

September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Here are some resources you can use for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th:

KidsHealth – Suicide http://bit.ly/1TZPmT1 and “My Friends is Talking About Suicide. What Should I Do?”   http://bit.ly/1Jt7AfZ  (both available in Spanish)

National Institute of Mental Health – Suicide Prevention  http://1.usa.gov/1EF9J0S

Guide: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide  http://1.usa.gov/1E7gyxE

Toolkit: Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for High Schools  http://1.usa.gov/1NxMBbU

Webinar on Suicide and Prevention Research in Social Media

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

2:00 – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Register for this upcoming webinar, Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Social Media.  Recent developments in the field of media and suicide research reflect a change in focus from traditional online media and an increasing attention to stories of hope and recovery and their potential to help prevent suicide.  In this webinar the presenters will focus on their recent research investigating how stories of recovery delivered via newspaper reports and fictional films impact various audiences.  Furthermore, they will present findings on the role of the Internet in conveying information about suicide and suicide prevention in the United States and in Europe.  The hour long webinar will provide an opportunity to dialogue  with the presenters.   Please register at http://bit.ly/1EknaTC

To learn more about the webinar and its presenters go to  http://bit.ly/1ThlCpD