The Campaign to Change Direction was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown tragedy. It asks people to learn the five signs of emotional suffering so you can recognize them in yourself or help a loved one who may … Continue reading Campaign to Change Direction
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Public Health has created an infograph to highlight the findings of a recent study of veterans. Among deployed and non-deployed veterans who served during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars between 2001 and 2007, the rate of suicide was greatest the first three years after leaving service, … Continue reading Suicide Risk and Risk of Death in Veterans
SAMHSA has released a new report providing data about key behavioral health issues including rates of serious mental illness and substance use, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The report shows the data at a national level as well as for each of the 50 states plus the District of … Continue reading National Behavioral Health Barometer
This project will develop and test a personalized, computer-based suicide risk screening tool for teenagers. According to the principal investigator, Cheryl King, PhD, says We plan to refine algorithms capable of predicting which youth are most likely to attempt suicide. We will use these to develop a brief and personalized screening tool in which each … Continue reading Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide (ED-STARS)
The National Action Alliance’s Research Task Force, co-led by National Institute of Mental Health Director Tom Insel and Jed Foundation Board Chair Phil Satow developed a Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives, which gives a suicide prevention roadmap. Read the Action Plan HERE.
Mental Health America has published their new report Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015. The report provides a more complete picture of mental health status in America, and indicates the country has a long way to go to adequately address critical mental health care needs. Spoiler Alert – Overall, California … Continue reading Mental Health America’s State of Mental Health in America 2015 Report
In an article by Liz Szabo in USA Today, she discusses programs aiming to prevent psychosis or halt a patient’s decline. From the article The National Institutes of Health is testing early intervention through a major study called RAISE, or Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode. The study has generated enormous excitement across the mental … Continue reading Early Intervention Could Change Nature of Schizophrenia
The Zero Suicide Toolkit describes the essential dimensions of suicide prevention for health care systems, including health care plans or care organizations serving a defined population of consumers, such as behavioral health programs, integrated delivery systems, and comprehensive primary care programs. It was created by the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force of the National … Continue reading Zero Suicide Toolkit
Beginning January 12, 2015, the 30-day public comment will open for the Statewide Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities. Drafted by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) in collaboration with six partners in the California reducing Disparities Project (CRDP), this report is funded by the Mental Health Services Act. This Strategic Plan represents the … Continue reading Save the Date: Comment Period for Statewide Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities
Screening Brief Intervention & Health Promotion: A Cost-Effective Approach to Changing Health Related Behaviors that Cause and Exacerbate Chronic Disease
This white paper, posted by ontrackconsulting.org, explores the feasibility of using a screening, brief intervention, and health promotion service model to provide cost effective prevention, early intervention and health promotions services using best practice MI strategies to activate patients to reduce behaviors that put them at risk for chronic disease and increase self-management of chronic health conditions.