Washtenaw County Peer Support Specialists:
New MentalHealth.gov. This new website,
a collaboration of several federal offices,
offers a variety of resources and tips for
parents, educators and individuals to
raise mental health awareness, start
conversations about mental health,
and pave the way for those who need
help to receive it.
President Obama Hosts National
Conference on Mental Health President
Obama hosted a National Conference on Mental Health at the White House to launch a
national conversation to increase understanding and awareness about mental health. View
video clips from the conference.
Our Strength and Support: Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month On
July 17, presenters will share their perspectives on mental health in minority communities,
emphasizing the strengths of cultural communities in this webinar.
National Institute Of Mental Health Forsakes the DSM, the Bible Of Psychiatry The National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is veering research away from mental illness categories in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. According to NIMH, the shift supports
the need for a diagnostic system based on emerging data, not symptom-based classifications.
NIMH launched the Research Domain Criteria project to incorporate genetics, imaging,
cognitive science, and other valuable information into the foundation for a new classification
system. "Patients with mental disorders deserve better," said Director Thomas Insel in a blog
entry on transforming diagnosis. "We are committed to new and better treatments, but we feel
this will only happen by developing a more precise diagnostic system."
The Perch is the first literary magazine of its kind—a publication devoted to mental health,
personal journeys, and recovery. With a broad array of essays, art, poetry, and photos, each
issue will highlight the work of established writers and emerging authors and artists.
Addressing the Intimacy Interests of People with Mental Health Conditions is a new monograph
that seeks to start a national discussion. The monograph focuses on current research,
challenges of developing satisfactory intimate lives, and the difficulty that prevents some
practitioners from beginning an open and straightforward conversation on sexuality with
people they serve.
Important Souls: A Video of One Woman: Despite her attempts to communicate a history of
sexual abuse and years struggling with trauma in the mental health system, Anna Caroline
Jennings felt utterly alone, and on October 24, 1992, she took her life. Important Souls features
her touching story and powerful artwork. Watch the video.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius statement on LGBT Pride Month For too long, the health
concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals were pushed to the side.
LGBT individuals have faced limited access to health care and insurance. They have been less
likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, have higher rates of tobacco use,
and are often at increased risk for mental health illness.
WANTED: Consumers to Report Problems A new consumer-friendly form is now available for
making reports to MedWatch, FDA's on-line system for collecting information about serious
problems with drugs, medical devices and other FDA-regulated products.The less technical form
is part of a larger effort to encourage consumers to submit quality reports. By reporting your
experience or suspicion of a product problem to MedWatch, you could help identify an
unknown risk and potentially spark a variety of actions—from changes to a warning label to
removal of the product from the market.Read this Consumer Update to learn more about what
FDA is doing to increase consumer participation in MedWatch.
Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010Increased consumption of added
sugars has been linked to a decrease in intake of essential micronutrients and an increase in
body weight. Women aged 20–39 consumed an average 275 kcals from added sugars, women
aged 40–59 consumed 236 kcals from added sugars, and women aged 60 and over consumed
182 kcals from added sugars.
Read the article: Hiring Disabled Workers Can be Good for Business- State leaders from across
the country met in Seattle in May, looking at ways to help people with disabilities, help
themselves. They're discussing ideas on how to promote the benefits of hiring disabled
workers. Governor Daugaard is at the governors' conference to share his ideas on how to
promote the benefits of hiring disabled workers.
StopBullying.gov is pleased to unveil its very first infographic, with research and statistics on
what bullying is and how to prevent it. The infographic illustrates the many forms of bullying,
the prevalence of bullying and the impact of bullying on youth.It is part of a comprehensive
Bullying Prevention Training Module, a resource designed to empower community leaders and
help them organize bullying prevention efforts in their neighborhoods, schools and beyond.
Anti-smoking medication shows promise for treating alcohol dependence
Fatherhood E-Learning Module. This OAH course provides an overview of important insights
and data on the unique and irreplaceable role that fathers (including teen fathers) play in the
well-being of their children. It equips organizations to effectively support fathers, consistently
and for the long-term, and reduce the ill effects of father absence in communities.
Help Prevent High-Risk Drinking Among College Students: Win $60,000: There's a new
opportunity for individuals and organizations to help prevent high-risk drinking among college
students. SAMHSA is seeking solutions to this problem through cost-effective, portable,
technology-based products that effectively reach a diverse population of college students and
their parents, as well as administrators, faculty, and staff. These products should be adaptable
to meet the local needs of academic institutions throughout the United States. Enter the
challenge by developing your own web or mobile application, SMS, podcast, or other
technology or online product that addresses the issue of high-risk drinking among college
students. First place will receive $60,000, second place will receive $30,000, and third place will
receive $10,000. Put your skills to work by helping SAMHSA address this key issue. You still have
until July 7, 2013, at 11 p.m., eastern time, to submit your product!
The “Continuity of Care and Follow-Up App Challenge” challenges individuals and organizations
with the development of an application for a mobile handheld device that will provide
continuity of care and follow-up care linkages for a person at risk for suicide who was
discharged from an inpatient unit or emergency department. Proposed activities can include
but are not limited to: live chatting via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Web site, safety
planning, SMS functionality, scheduling functionality and appointment reminders, and
mapping/transportation functionality showing locations of health care resources. At a
minimum, entrants must include safety planning and utilize two resources to provide users with
access to services through the crisis centers within the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and
the SAMHSA treatment locator. SAMHSA is not looking for an application that simply connects a
user to a crisis line via a single button, as functionality is found in a number of other suicide
prevention applications. Innovation is highly encouraged.The top three entrants will be eligible
for a total of $100,000. Please be aware that there is a 2 month deadline. You can find more
information at: http://suicidepreventionapp.challenge.gov/