Category Archives: Additional PEI Resources

Campaign to Change Direction

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 be in emotional pain.

The five signs are:

  • withdrawal
  • agitation
  • hopelessness
  • decline in personal care
  • change in personality<
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    Someone may exhibit one or more signs.

    “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, so it’s time we start treating it that way.” – First Lady Michelle Obama

    Learn more about the campaign HERE.

Suicide Risk and Risk of Death in Veterans

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, according to the study. Compared to the U.S. population, both deployed and non-deployed veterans had a higher risk of suicide, but a lower risk of death from other causes combined. Deployed veterans also had a lower risk of suicide compared to non-deployed veterans.

View the infographic HERE

National Behavioral Health Barometer

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 Columbia.

For instance, the Barometer shows more people are getting the help they need in some crucial areas. The number of people receiving treatment for a substance use problem has increased six percent from 2009 to 2013.

You can find the report HERE.

Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide (ED-STARS)

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 question presented to a teen is based on the individual’s previous responses. After it’s validated, this screen will be made available to emergency departments nationwide as an ED- and patient-friendly tool for screening, risk stratification and triage.

Read more details of the project HERE.

Read the press release of the beginning of the study HERE.

Mental Health America’s State of Mental Health in America 2015 Report

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 ranks 29th. For adult services, California ranks 20th and for children services, 45th. The big winners were Massachusetts, Maine, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Additional fact, California ranks 13th in percentage of population with any mental illness at 17.68%.

View the report HERE.

Early Intervention Could Change Nature of Schizophrenia

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 health world, even before its results have been released. The federal government already allocated $25 million — or 5% of federal mental health block grants — to implement RAISE-style services in every state in the country. New York City has launched its version of the program, called OnTrackNY, and there are similar programs in Baltimore and Oregon.

Read the article HERE.

Zero Suicide Toolkit

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 Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

In addition, there are several recorded webinars about the Zero Suicide Toolkit at the link below.

View the toolkit HERE.

Save the Date: Comment Period for Statewide Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities

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 voice of African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities in California, as captured by five Strategic Planning Workgroups, or SPWs.

View the plan at

Please send all comments and feedback to

See the calendar for the CDRP Town Hall Meetings to hear input on the plan.


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, 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.

To view this white paper, go to