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  • Doing More to Save Lives

    Aug 13, 2014
    By: Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The loss of someone to suicide affects family, friends, coworkers, and others in the community. Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.

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    Tagged Suicide Prevention | Self-harm | Schools | Communities | Families | Help


  • Three Words Everyone with Mental Illness Should Learn

    Jul 24, 2014
    By: Jessica Gimeno, Mental Health Advocate

    Young people are often told we’re too immature to understand pain. But I refused to be silenced. Instead, I cried louder. My turning point came when I was 18 years old and my friend Dina, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, committed suicide.

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    Tagged Youth | Depression | Bipolar | Observances | Help | Mood Disorders


  • Faith-Based First Responders

    Apr 22, 2014
    By: Kimberly Konkel, MSW, Associate Director for Health, HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and Anne Mathews-Younes, Ed.D., D.Min, Director of SAMHSA Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs

    A recent survey in North Carolina found depression rates among United Methodist clergy were twice as high as the general public. The researchers suggest that unique demands of the job put clergy mental health at risk. While many factors undoubtedly contribute, there might be another possible explanation – the trauma that clergy encounter on a daily basis.

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    Tagged Trauma | Treatment | Depression | Help


  • Tell Your Story of Peer Support

    Apr 16, 2014
    By: Paolo Del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    To highlight the importance of peer support, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is making it the national focus of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

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    Tagged Youth | Families | Observances | Help


  • Creating Trauma-Informed Congregations

    Apr 1, 2014
    By: Andrea Blanch Ph.D., Director, Center for Religious Tolerance, and Kimberly Konkel MSW, Associate Director for Health, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

    Across the country, there is a growing movement to create “trauma-informed” services, organizations and communities. This movement reflects an understanding that psychological trauma and toxic stress are near-universal experiences that can affect every aspect of life, and that everyone has a role to play in addressing the issue.

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    Tagged Trauma | Treatment | Help


  • How Mental Health Professionals Can Prevent Bullying

    Mar 11, 2014
    By: John Kelly Ph.D., School Psychologist, Commack High School with Erin Reiney, MPH, CHES, Health Resources and Services Administration

    In my 27 years as a school psychologist, I have seen an increase in how many students and families are concerned about bullying. I have witnessed first-hand the damage it can cause –not only to the children being bullied, but also to those who witness bullying, and even to kids who bully.

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    Tagged Symptoms | Schools | Treatment | Communities | Basics | Help


  • Integrating Behavioral Health Care in Health Centers

    Mar 4, 2014
    By: Mary Wakefield Ph.D., R.N., Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Jannette Dupuy Ph.D., M.S., HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care

    Because behavioral and physical health problems are often connected, delivery of behavioral health services by health centers can reduce stigma and discrimination and improve overall health outcomes.

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    Tagged Treatment | Communities | Help


  • Childhood Bullying Linked to Adult Psychiatric Disorders

    Feb 18, 2014
    By: Chelsea Perugini, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Duke University professors published research that shows the degree to which bullying can affect someone’s mental health. The study followed more than 1,000 youth, starting at the ages of 9, 11 and 13. The youth were interviewed each year until they turned 16. Follow-up interviews were then conducted into adulthood.

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    Tagged Schools | Treatment | Depression | Help | Anxiety Disorders


  • Tips for Parents: “Off-Label” Prescribing for Children with Mental Health Problems

    Feb 11, 2014
    By: Tiffany Farchione M.D., Division of Psychiatry Products, Food and Drug Administration

    FDA-approved labeling helps guide doctors’ treatment choices. However, when a medication has not been studied in children, there is no information in the FDA-approved label to guide prescribing for this age group. This can lead to what is known as “off-label” use of a prescription drug.

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    Tagged Treatment | Youth | Research | Depression | Families | Help | Mood Disorders | Anxiety Disorders


  • World AIDS Day Brings Focus to LGBT Mental Health

    Dec 9, 2013
    By: Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services

    On December 1, 2013, we marked the 25th observance of World AIDS Day. This year, my hope is that we can address the shame and social rejection that puts people at risk for two serious health issues—HIV and suicide.

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    Tagged Suicide Prevention | Help


  • New Parity Rules Reinforce Protections for Coverage of Mental Health, Substance Use

    Dec 3, 2013
    By: Donald B. Moulds, Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Health and Human Services

    The Parity Act makes it easier for Americans to get the care they need by prohibiting certain discriminatory practices that limit coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment and services.

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    Tagged Substance Use Disorder | Treatment | Help


  • Mental Health and Primary Care

    Nov 18, 2013
    By: Charlotte Mullican, Senior Advisor for Mental Health Research, AHRQ

    Primary care doctors see patients with many different health issues, including people with mental health disorders. Some primary care doctors also have a mental health provider in their offices that can help those who need this care.

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    Tagged Treatment | Basics | Help


  • Continuing the Conversation

    Nov 7, 2013
    By: Pamela Hyde, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Mental illness has been in the news a lot lately, and it’s good that we as a nation are talking about it. We now have more tools than ever to make a real difference and provide treatment for those experiencing mental illness.

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    Tagged Treatment | Depression | National conversation on mental health initiative | Help