Raising Awareness About PTSD Among Patients, Providers, and the Public
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. As the articles in this e-newsletter attest, we have made considerable progress in raising awareness about PTSD among patients, providers, and the public. One might be tempted to say that we have perhaps done too good a job. While traumatic stress is indeed a real disorder and one that needs credible, effective treatments, some might say that excessive attention to PTSD runs the risk of trivializing a very real problem. We have without doubt made advances in our understanding of effective treatments for PTSD. We are moving away from “one-size fits all” by-the-book treatment approaches to more sophisticated interventions.
June 2015 News
June is PTSD Awareness Month The National Center for PTSD, with help from the VA, created a flyer to raise PTSD awareness. It includes a brief set of questions for self-evaluation of PTSD, lists of helpful resources, and advises everyone, not just those suffering from PTSD, to “Learn: PTSD Treatment Works,” “Connect: Reach Out to Someone,” and “Share: Spread the Word.” Read More
Only 60% of People with Mental Illness Receive the Professional Care They Need This means family members and friends play a significant role in supporting them. NAMI made an infographic for these caregivers to maximize the support they can give. Read More
The Center for Deployment Psychology Provides Interactive Web-Based Training to Educate Professionals Working with Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families The Prolonged Exposure e-learning courses cover evidence-based psychotherapy treatment, military culture, and clinical issues, and can be completed for CE credit at a cost or for personal knowledge for free. Read More
The Stigmas of Mental Illness and Aging are Very Powerful Older adults have high rates of late-onset mental health disorders (largely anxiety and depression) and low rates of identification and treatment. Even “mild” mental illness symptoms can have catastrophic consequences in vulnerable older adults. Mental Health First Aid modified their materials to create a module that focuses on older adults and the aging population. Read More
The CDC Released a "Community Health Improvement Navigator" It is intended to help identify and address different communities' health needs. The Community Health Improvement process brings together clinical care, health behaviors, physical environment, and socioeconomic factors in order to maximize efforts to improve overall health of communities. Read More
Healthcare Apps Encourage Self-Management Didi Hersh Mental Health Services, a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grantee, views technology and mobile apps as an extension of the client and provider relationship and a way to promote self-management and support better health outcomes. The Center for Technology and Behavioral Health has a list of behavioral health applications that allow healthcare providers to better integrate primary care and behavioral healthcare and monitor patients outside of the office. The apps address substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and depression and anxiety. Read More
ADHD Webinar: Thurs., June 18, at 12:00PM EST NIMH and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health are hosting a Facebook chat on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). You can join the chat through NIMH’s Facebook page.
Robo-therapy The Innovative Interactions Labs at Yale University explores the use of social assistive robots in mental health care interventions. They created Paro, a six-pound baby harp seal that can see, hear, touch, and learn from its experiences. Read More
CBT Can Help Treat Insomnia A review of research finds that non-drug therapy can help adults with insomnia. Cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, is a type of talk therapy where the goal is to help people change their thought patterns and learn better responses to situations. Read More
SAMHSA's Five-Part "Women Matter!" Webinar Series: Thurs., July 23, at 3:00PM EST The next episode in the webinar series discusses the unique experiences of women who are incarcerated and the barriers to recovery and re-entry that women leaving incarceration often experience. Presenters discuss effective interventions and supports for helping women to rebuild their lives, as well as community programs and policies. Read More
What We Know (and What We Don't) About Predicting Suicide Risk To reduce suicide’s burden, there are a number of research-supported screening and risk detection tools to employ, but there is no doubt that further research is necessary to better understand the various factors that put people at risk of suicide. Read More
Webinar on Medical Monitoring in Behavioral Health: The Role of the Psychiatric Medical Team: Tues., June 30, at 1:00PM EST In partnership with the American Psychiatric Association, CIHS will host a webinar with information for psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers who operate in stand-alone mental health and addiction treatment organizations on medical monitoring of conditions that could be preventing clients from getting the treatment they need. Read More
Apply for a Planning Grant to Help Your State Get Ready for the Excellence in Mental Health Act SAMHSA and CMS are accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. The purpose of this program is to support states to certify clinics as certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs), establish prospective payment systems for Medicaid reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in a two year demonstration program. Populations to be served are adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders, as well as others with mental illness and substance use disorders. Read More
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