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National Wellness Week: Living Wellness 
         The 10 by 10 campaign: A national wellness action plan to improve life expectancy by 10 years in 10 years for people with mental illnessThis report of the 2007 National Wellness Summit for People with Mental Illness reviews the current state of the field on issues related to health disparities for people with mental illnesses and includes recommended action steps to implement a campaign to promote wellness and reduce early mortality by 10 years over the next 10 years.
http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA10-4476?ref=home.new
 

The 2nd Annual TBI & Suicide Prevention Conference: Safety Planning for People with Brain Injuries

This is a collection of archived PowerPoints, and streaming videos from presentations at the conference held 9/11/2009 at U. of CO, Denver. They include: Brief Interventions with Suicidal Individuals: Safety Planning and Beyond; Reducing Suicide Risk in Persons with TBI: Implications for Therapy and Systems of Care; Clinical Evaluations, Sequelae and Treatment after TBI; Traumatic Brain Injury 101; and Suicide 101. http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/2nd_Annual_Traumatic_Brain_Injury_TBI_Suicide_Prevention_Conference.asp
 

Achieving the promise: Transforming mental health care in America
The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health was charged with studying the mental health service delivery system and making recommendations that would enable adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbance to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. Six goals and corresponding recommendations have been identified. Includes Executive Order 13263 of April 29, 2002. http://www.sprc.org/library/freedomcomm.pdf
 

The American Geriatrics Society and American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Recommendations for Policies in Support of Quality Mental Health Care in U.S. Nursing Homes. Policy recommendations from a 2003 expert panel are included on the following issues: access to screening, assessment, and treatment referral; adequately financing needed services; ensuring a skilled and responsive workforce; providing incentives for quality mental health care; and changing the culture of nursing home life through greater involvement of residents in decision making. http://www.americangeriatrics.org/education/policies2003.pdf
 

 

             Anxiety disorders on campus: The growing need for college mental health services
This report seeks to review the counseling and mental health resources available at America�s top colleges and universities to help determine whether these institutions are prepared to assist students who have an anxiety disorder with appropriate diagnostic counseling and other mental health services. http://www.adaa.org/Bookstore/Publications/ADAA%20Report%20-%20FINAL%20embargoed.pdf
 
 
           Assessing and responding to mental health needs after a disaster
State/Tribal/Adolescents at Risk Suicide Prevention Grantee Technical Assistance Meeting. December 12�14, 2006, North Bethesda, MD. Discusses: definition of and types of disasters; psychological impact; and results from field investigations.
http://www.sprc.org/grantees/pdf/2006/Crosby_Disaster.pdf
 
         Building bridges: Mental health consumers and members of faith-based and community organizations in dialog
This monograph summarizes findings and recommendations from the SAMHSA's CMHS sponsored dialog between mental health consumers and members of the faith community. http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA04-3868/SMA04-3868.pdf  
 
 
          The campaign for mental health reform
A collaboration of mental health organizations from across the nation working with federal policymakers to make the transformation of the United States's mental health care system a national priority. The Campaign is guided by the Final Report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. http://www.mhreform.org/
 
 
          Change your mind about mental health
This material describes mental health issues of teens and encourages help-seeking. It uses "Learn from your peers" vignettes, one of which involves a teen with suicidal ideation. http://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/Resources/Stdnt/APAGetHelpFlyer-Teens.pdf
 
 
          Child and adolescent mental health toolkit
Includes: bilingual children�s mental health brochures and mini-posters; "Positive parenting" fact sheet; relevant state and national resources; materials for "Children�s mental health" presentation; "Working with the media to promote children�s mental health" tip sheet; and a radio Public Service Announcement (PSA) on the subject. http://www.mhatexas.org/2006CHILDandADOLESCENTMHToolkit.htm
 
          Child and youth emergency mental health care: A national problem
This issue brief reviews the state of mental health services for children and youth who visit hospital emergency departments for mental health-related reasons and provides an overview of the challenges associated with mental health-related emergency department visits. It discusses the policy implications of using emergency department services for mental health reasons for children and youth and makes recommendations for policy action. http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Topics/Health/Other/ChildandYouthEmergencyMentalHealthCareANation/Child%20%20Youth%20Emergency%20Mental%20Health%20Care%20NCCP%202007.pdf
 
 
Cultural competence in mental health
This brochure briefly describes: what is culture; what is cultural competence; diversity in the United States; how to incorporate cultural competency standards into practice; and an example of cultural competence in practice (a community-based intervention for elderly Chinese Americans). http://www.upennrrtc.org/var/tool/file/142-CulturalCompetency.pdf
 
 
 
Cultural competency: A practical guide for mental health service providers
Defines the term "cultural competency". Provides guidance for mental health professionals on: developing essential knowledge, skills and attributes; building counselor/client rapport; translator and interpreter challenges; connecting with families; and confidentiality issues. 
http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/PDF/Saldana.pdf
 
Developing a stigma reduction initiative
This toolkit is designed to support the activities of those who plan to mount a statewide, regional, or local effort to address and counter stigma and discrimination. It is intended for use by local mental health advocates, consumers of mental health services and their family members, community leaders, and other organizations and individuals who have dedicated themselves to eliminating the barriers of stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental illnesses. http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA06-4176/SMA06-4176.pdf
 
Early childhood mental health consultation: An evaluation tool kit
Combines a brief review of the literature and current research addressing the effectiveness of early childhood mental health consultation with guidance for designing and implementing program evaluation. It will help states, communities, and programs increase their capacity for high-quality evaluation of early childhood mental health consultation in community-based settings.
http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/files/products_publications/TACenter/ecmhc_toolkit.pdf
 
Effects of the Vermont mental health and substance abuse parity law
Vermont implemented the Nation's most comprehensive parity law in 1998, extending equality of health insurance coverage to both mental health and substance abuse services. This evaluation includes an implementation case study, an employer survey, and an analysis of health plan claims/encounter data. Much of the analysis focuses on the experiences of two health plans, Kaiser/Community Health Plan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont, which covered 80 percent of the privately insured state population at the time.
http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/vtparity.pdf
 
Evidence-based practices and multicultural mental health
URL: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Fact_Sheets1&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=63974
The mental health field is increasingly requiring evidence based practices (EBPs) in an effort to boost quality, effectiveness, and accountability in mental health care services. This resource was created to provide information to NAMI stakeholders�individuals with mental illness, families, providers, and partners�on the literature discussing EBPs, with special consideration of multicultural issues. Discusses: the basics of EBPs; history of the EBP movement; EBP challenges; cultural adaptations of EBPs; utilization of culturally specific interventions (i.e., practice-based evidence models); and policy considerations.
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Federal action agenda: First steps
This agenda is part of Transforming Mental Health Care in America, a multi-year effort to alter the form and function of the mental health system. The agenda is a collaborative product of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies and offices, along with five other Departments and the Social Security Administration. Each participating Federal Department and agency created an inventory of its current mental health activities. An additional list was created by each Federal partner outlining proposals for transforming programs and practices. From these inventories and lists of transforming activities, the agenda was developed.
http://www.samhsa.gov/Federalactionagenda/NFC_TOC.aspx
 
 
Geriatric mental health care training series
The primary purpose of this training series is to train nursing home staff in caring for and managing residents in six areas, including recognizing and treating depression and mental health issues in long-term care. Supplemental materials provide specific guidance on delivering the training, as well as materials and handouts for participants. An evaluation of this training series is available.
http://www.nursing.uiowa.edu/.../Whose%20Problem-SuppMat%5BMS-1-1-06%5D.DOC
 
 
Get connected: Linking older adults with medication, alcohol, and mental health resources
This toolkit is designed to assist program managers with planning prevention programs to address substance use and mental health problems in older adults. It covers assessing the readiness of an organization to implement a program, creating an arsenal of resources as sources of information, planning staff education, and writing a program plan. The toolkit is accompanied by a booklet that profiles program success stories. http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA03-3824/SMA03-3824.pdf
 
GLBTQI mental health: Recommendations for policies and services
This companion* resource guide provides important considerations for service providers and policy makers, including an assessment of the barriers faced by individuals in the GLBTQI community who are seeking mental health care and practical strategies to address these obstacles. The information is based on both a growing body of literature on the topic and the focus groups conducted by the authors. *A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know 
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Multicultural_Support1&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=83077
 

Goals & model programs identified in the President's New Freedom Commission On Mental Health report

This webpage links to the 6 goals and the 12 model programs highlighted in the New Freedom Commission Report. The page also includes a link to the full-text of the report.
http://www.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Inform_Yourself/About_Public_Policy/New_Freedom_Commission/Default1169.htm
 

 
Guidelines for working effectively with interpreters in a mental health setting
These guidelines from Australia are intended to assist mental health staff to understand the characteristics of interpreted meetings and to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary for working in partnership with interpreters.
http://www.vtpu.org.au/docs/interpreter/VTPU_GuidelinesBooklet.pdf
 
Improving the quality of health care for mental and substance-use conditions
Quality Chasm Series. Quality Chasm strategy, put forth by the IOM in 2001, is a strategy for improving health care overall. It attained considerable traction in the United States and other countries. This report finds that the Quality Chasm framework can be applied to health care for mental and substance-use conditions and describes a comprehensive strategy for doing so.
http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11470&page=R1
 

Issues of access to and inclusion in behavioral health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex consumers. Recommendations to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS from the LGBTQI Workgroup on how to ensure that OMHSAS, county mental health programs, behavioral health managed care organizations, and mental health provider agencies reduce disparities in outcomes between LGBTQI individuals with a mental illness and the general population. http://www.upennrrtc.org/var/tool/file/223-OMHSAS%20LGBTQI%20Workgroup%20Recommendations.pdf
 

It takes a community: Report on the Summit on Opportunities for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention in Senior Living Communities
Report of the "It Takes a Community" summit, convened in October 2008 to advance discussion and action to improve the mental health, and reduce the risk of suicide, among residents of senior living communities. The 111-page document lays out a framework of whole population, at-risk population and crisis response approaches. Discussion groups helped to identify opportunities for activities to promote these approaches; tables describe the ideas, challenges, facilitators and notes for each activity. The summit included findings from focus groups of older adult residents of senior living communities. Show Details  

Legacy Wheel

This online manual educates the Center grantees on eight key program development areas: relationships among community entities (agencies, coalitions, schools, and parent groups), and between individuals; community awareness of mental health or youth violence issues; leadership across and within systems; policies and procedures; the use of evaluation data in decision making; staff competencies and other program capacities; strategic planning approaches; and funding streams.
http://www.promoteprevent.org/implementing/sustainability/legacy-wheel
 

Management of mental health emergencies
Emergencies and crises occur in the practice of every mental health clinician, often without warning. The experienced clinician may have some notion of potential danger with certain kinds of patients, however, those with histories of violent and/or self-harm or destructive behaviors require special handling. This pamphlet provides some structure for making more accurate assessment, and subsequent decisions, for management and treatment.
http://www.apa.org/divisions/div12/sections/section7/management_mentalhealth_emergencies.pdf
 
The mental health of adolescents: A national profile, 2008 This brief highlights existing national data about adolescent mental health status, assesses shortcomings of current data and offers recommendations to address these limitations.
http://nahic.ucsf.edu/downloads/MentalHealthBrief.pdf
 
A mental health recovery and community integration guide for GLBTQI individuals: What you need to know
This 12-page booklet covers a range of key issues in mental health recovery and community integration, such as treatment and rehabilitation, financial support, housing, employment, and peer support, with specific information to address the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (GLBTQI) individuals with a mental illness.
http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Multicultural_Support1/Fact_Sheets1/GLBTQI_Recovery_Community_Integration_booklet.pdf
Mental Health, United States, 2008
This publication provides information on the mental health status of the U.S. population, the providers and settings for mental health services, the types of mental health services and rates of utilization, and expenditures and sources of funding for mental health services. It is a resource for state officials and policymakers, mental health researchers, advocacy organizations, mental health consumers and family members, and anyone with an interest in learning about the mental health services in the United States and the populations served by the U.S. mental health system.
http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA10-4590/SMA10-4590.pdf
 
 
Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General
This report recognizes the intertwined relationship between mental and physical health. Focuses on following aspects of the subject: age groups (children, adults and older adults); services' organizing and financing; and confidentiality of information. 
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/home.html
 
 
Mental health: Culture, race, and ethnicity. - A supplement to Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General
Considers mental health services for the following racial and ethnic groups: African Americans; American Indians and Alaska Natives; Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; and Hispanic Americans; http://download.ncadi.samhsa.gov/ken/pdf/SMA-01-3613/sma-01-3613A.pdf
 
Mental HealthWorks
A new quarterly publication of the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Foundation, focuses on mental health/workplace issues. http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/Publications-Surveys/Mental-Health-Works-Newsletter.aspx
 
Mental illness and families of faith: How congregations can respond
This resource/study guide is designed to be used with clergy, members of congregations, family members and anyone desiring to learn more about mental illness and how to respond with compassion and care. It can be used as a small group study guide or as a resource to quickly find information on a specific topic. Material may be adapted. http://www.mentalhealthministries.net/links_resources/study_guide/mental_illness_study_guide.pdf
 
Mental illness and suicide
Data is listed for deaths by suicide and diagnosis. Adapted from the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action.
http://www.sprc.org/library/mentalillness.pdf
 
National guidelines for seniors' mental health: The assessment and treatment of mental health issues in long term care homes (focus on mood and behaviour symptoms)
These national guidelines for Canada provide background information and recommendations related to the assessment and treatment of mental health issues in long-term care for older adults. There is also a brief section on organizational and system issues. This resource has been included in Section II of the AFSP/SPRC Best Practices Registry (BPR). To learn more about Section II, Expert/Consensus Statements, and link to a profile of the statement, visit http://www2.sprc.org/bpr/section-ii-expertconsensus-statements 
http://www.ccsmh.ca/en/natlGuidelines/ltc.cfm
National healthcare disparities report
This report represents the first national comprehensive effort to measure differences in access and use of health care services by various populations. The report includes a broad set of performance measures that can serve as baseline views of differences in the use of services. The report presents data on the differences in the use of services, access to health care, and impressions of quality for seven clinical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, end-stage renal disease, heart disease, HIV and AIDS, mental health, and respiratory disease as well as data on maternal and child health, nursing home and home health care, and patient safety. It also examines differences in use of services by priority populations. http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nhdr05/nhdr05.htm
 
 
National Mental Health Awareness Campaign
NMHAC, a nationwide nonpartisan public education campaign, was launched as part of the 1999 White House Conference on Mental Health organized by Tipper Gore. It has a two-pronged goal: encourage people to identify, discuss, and seek help for mental health problems; and create a more accepting environment for them to do so. The website includes materials for campaign speakers, students, adults, and professionals. http://nostigma.org/about_us.php
 
NIMH publications in Spanish
A variety of Spanish-language brochures, fact sheets, and booklets on mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/spanish/index-publication-all-es.shtml
 
No longer alone: A resource manual for rural sexual minority youth and the adults who serve them
This resource manual assists concerned adults in creating safe environments for rural gay youth. Includes information for students, teachers, and social service providers. Offers a comprehensive list of resources.
http://www.nyacyouth.org/docs/ruralyouth/NoLongerAlone.pdf
Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
This website was created by an alliance of the American Psychiatric Association, corporate sponsors and business partners to promote a business case for mental health care. Employer resources include return to work initiatives, evaluation of health care plans, employee education and the impact of mental health issues on the "bottom line". Employee resources include self-help materials and ways to access care.
http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/
 
Protecting your child's mental health: What can parents do?
A brochure for parents of college students. Explains the basics of college metal health system.
http://www.jedfoundation.org/assets/Programs/Program_downloads/parentsguide.pdf 
Psychotropic drugs and children: Use, trends, and implications for schools
This fact sheet discusses emotional and behavioral health problems in children and youth and the role of psychotropic medications in treatment, including safety, indications for specific medications, and side effects. Suicide is mentioned as both a symptom of a condition and a side effect of certain medications.  http://www.healthinschools.org/Health-in-Schools/Health-Services/School-Health-Services/School-Health-Issues/ADD/~/media/Files/psychotropic.ashx
 
 
A public health approach to children's mental health: A conceptual framework
The monograph presents a framework to help leaders bring about multi-system, multi-sector changes that can improve children's mental health and well-being. http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/publications/PublicHealthApproach.pdf?CFID=4150182&CFTOKEN=89131034
 
 
Quick guide to working with interpreters in mental health settings
A manual from Australia on how to: book an appropriate interpreter; check him/her; communicate with an interpreter before, during, and after meeting.  http://www.vtpu.org.au/docs/interpreter/VTPU_Poster.pdf
 
Recommendations on issues of access to and inclusion in behavioral health services for LGBTQI consumers
The Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) through contract with the UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration, formed a workgroup to make recommendations to ensure that OMHSAS, and other health providers and agencies acted to reduce disparities in outcomes between GLBTQI individuals with a mental illness and the general population. The workgroup recommendations centered around the goals of ensuring that GLBTQI individuals with a mental illness were protected from mistreatment and offered clinically competent mental health care services in welcoming environments.
http://www.upennrrtc.org/resources/view.php?tool_id=223
 
Research on the mental health consequences of disaster (Presentation)
State/Tribal/Adolescents at Risk Suicide Prevention Grantee Technical Assistance Meeting. December 12�14, 2006, North Bethesda, MD. Considers the following aspects of the research on the mental health consequences of disaster: the reasons to study the effects of disasters and mass trauma; what has been studied; what has been learned; and implications for intervention.
http://www.sprc.org/grantees/pdf/2006/Tuma.pdf
 
Schizophrenia-NIMH
Section of the NIMH website that covers the topic of schizophrenia. Discusses the definition, symptoms and treatments, and links to other resources on the topic. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml
State mandates for treatment for mental health illness and substance abuse disorders
Focuses on state-mandated benefits, state laws regulating mental health and addiction treatment workers, and state-recognized mental health clinicians with authority to prescribe psychotropic medications.
http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA07-4228
 
 
Student mental health
Student Health Spectrum. 2008 April; Special Issue. Largely drawn from NASPA�s 2008 Strategies Conference on Mental Health: Intervention and collaboration. http://www.aetnastudenthealth.com/uploads/documents/spectrum/Spectrum_Current_Version.pdf
 
 
Student mental health and the law: A resource for institutions of higher education
A tool to aid colleges in developing awareness of various issues and concerns relating to students' mental health and in developing or revising policies, protocols and procedures suitable to the unique environment of each particular college. This resource has been included in Section II of the AFSP/SPRC Best Practices Registry (BPR). To learn more about Section II, Expert/Consensus Statements, and link to a profile of the document, visit http://www2.sprc.org/bpr/section-ii-expertconsensus-statements
http://www.sprc.org/library/Jed_legal_resource.pdf
 
 
Suicide prevention efforts for individuals with serious mental illness: Roles for the State Mental Health Authority
This report is the fourteenth in a series of Technical Reports produced by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). The report outlines the State Mental Health Authority�s (SMHA) leadership role in preventing suicide among persons with serious mental illness. It suggests ways in which SMHAs can increase collaboration, raise awareness of the signs of suicide, and intervene to save lives. This resource has been included in Section II of the AFSP/SPRC Best Practices Registry (BPR). To learn more about Section II, Expert/Consensus Statements, and link to a profile of the report, visit http://www2.sprc.org/bpr/section-ii-expertconsensus-statements
http://www.sprc.org/library/SeriousMI.pdf
 
Surgeon General's workshop on women's mental health. November 30 - December 1, 2005, Denver, Colorado
Summarizes the views and issues addressed at the workshop. Includes: an executive summary; an introduction to the background and purpose of the workshop; the Surgeon General's Women's Mental Health Project; and the state of women's mental health.
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/womensmentalhealth/mentalhlth_rpt.pdf
 

 

Teen information sheets

This webpage validates feelings teens may be experiencing regarding suicide and encourages them to seek help and discuss these feelings with a trusted, understanding adult.
http://www.sptsnj.org/teens
 

 

Views from the home front: The experience of children from military families

Summarizes research showing that children from military families experience above-average levels of emotional and behavioral difficulties and that longer parental deployments are associated with greater difficulties. based on the journal article, Children on the Homefront (Pediatrics http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/2009/RAND_RB9488.pdf
 

 
What a difference a friend makes (National Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign) SAMHSA launched this campaign to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems. The prevalence of serious mental health conditions in this age group is almost double that of the general population, yet young people have the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. This group has a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support and services early on. http://whatadifference.org/