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Understanding Suicidal Behavior: Exciting New Opportunities in Research Infrastructure

August 31, 2015 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Dr. Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Greg Farber, National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Alex Crosby, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colleen Carr, MPH, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Innovative research strategies and emerging research infrastructures have the potential to lead to breakthrough discoveries in our understanding of suicidal behavior. To further advance suicide research in the U.S., The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Prioritized Research Agenda recommended  nine actions to improve our nation’s ability to understand suicidal behavior. Below, we explore four […]

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Born This Way: A Young Person’s Experience with Mental Health First Aid

August 27, 2015 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Alexa Branco

Born This Way Foundation Ambassador

High school student and Born This Way Foundation ambassador Alexa Branco talks about her experience taking a Mental Health First Aid course. On a typical Tuesday, you can usually find me performing a number of tedious tasks, whether it’s trudging through work or cleaning my forever-messy room. However, Tuesday, August 11 was different—I found myself […]

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Guns, media and suicide: what providers need to know.

August 17, 2015 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Dr. Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health, Cathy Barber, MPA, Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Colleen Carr, MPH, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Suicidal behavior is complex. Understanding factors like access to lethal means and the media’s potential influence on suicidal behavior is important when it comes to identifying suicide risk and intervening outside of health care settings. Why means matter Gun owners are no more likely to have experienced a mental health problem, thought about suicide or […]

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There’s a Clear Path to Excellence

August 11, 2015 | Community Impact | Comments
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Mohini Venkatesh

VP of Practice Improvement

For well over a year, a team of us at the National Council for Behavioral Health have been thrilled to work with Relias to design a program to support behavioral health treatment providers as they strive to be leaders in our health care system—a system marked by change that, at times, feels nothing short of […]

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Integrating Primary and Behavioral Healthcare: Risky Business?

August 5, 2015 | Practice Improvement | Comments
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Nicholas L. Bozzo

President, Mental Health Risk and Retention Group

If you and I could talk, I would tell you that as behavioral healthcare organizations increasingly integrate primary care into the services they provide, they are taking on tremendous additional risk – risks that vary according to various methods of integration:  directly providing primary care services, contracting with an independent organization to provide services, renting […]

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