Latest Mental Health Articles, Page 2

  • Adolescents Play a Key Role in Their Own ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

    Sep 18, 2014
    By: Susanna Visser, Dr.P.H, M.S., Acting Associate Director of Science, Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jackie Oberst, Ph.D., Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications, NIMH; Ruth Perou, Ph.D, Program Performance and Evaluation Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Mark Wolraich, M.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Parents, adolescents, and healthcare providers need to know about the best practices for ADHD diagnosis and treatment among adolescents. It is especially important that adolescents play an active role in the process to diagnose and treat their ADHD. This way, adolescents are empowered to take care of their own wellbeing and can control their ADHD treatment in a way that best fits their needs and supports their health and development.

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    Tagged Treatment | Youth

  • Suicide is On My Mind

    Sep 10, 2014
    By: Kimberly Konkel, Associate Director for Health, HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

    This World Suicide Prevention Day, an experience Sister G, a Mormon missionary, shared with me comes to mind. Sister G. was a widow whose husband, a neurosurgeon, died of brain cancer 5 years prior to her being my missionary partner.

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    Tagged Suicide Prevention | Observances

  • Addressing Mental Health in African American Communities

    Aug 13, 2014
    By: Joseph Powell, Former President of the National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health

    In addition to being reluctant to talk about behavioral health, there are many other barriers that the African American and African Heritage communities face that have an impact on mental health.

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    Tagged Communities

  • 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

  • Psychological First Aid Kit

    Aug 6, 2014
    By: Christina Koch, Intern, U.S. Department of Education

    There are many different reactions that people can have after an emergency. Sometimes these reactions can lead to distress that can get in the way of proper coping. If needed, PFA can help people cope with their reactions and recover.

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    Tagged Trauma | Schools | Disasters and Traumatic Events