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Why America Should Expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act: A Survivor’s Tale

Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

If we could access the services that today’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers offer, we would have spared from pain and anguish.

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Fragile to Fierce: More than a Decade with Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

Mary Johnson

Staff Writer, National Council for Behavioral Health

For many of us, Judy Collins — Sweet Judy Blue Eyes — sang the soundtrack of our youth. Her crisp, clear almost ethereal voice spoke to our hopes and fears in the eloquent “Both Sides Now.” But beyond those crystalline vocals, behind those spellbinding blue eyes, was an unquiet soul. At 14, she attempted suicide. […]

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Moving Toward a Comprehensive Crisis System

April 4, 2016 | Crisis Services | Innovation | Suicide | Comments

Susan Partain

Manager of Communications Projects

An interview with Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This interview originally appeared in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   What are the priority areas SAMHSA has defined when it comes to improving crisis services for people with mental health and substance use concerns? At […]

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Understanding Suicidal Behavior: Exciting New Opportunities in Research Infrastructure

August 31, 2015 | Suicide | Comments

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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Treating and Preventing Suicidal Behavior: Four Ways to Deliver More Effective Services

June 16, 2015 | Suicide | Treatment | Comments

Dr. Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Brian Ahmedani, Henry Ford Health System, Colleen Carr, MPH, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating and preventing suicidal behavior. That is why it’s important to understand a variety of research-based strategies that can help you most effectively serve your patients’ unique needs.   1) Train Providers Research shows that clinicians are likely to come in contact with individuals at risk for suicide over […]

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What We Know (and What We Don’t) About Predicting Suicide Risk

April 3, 2015 | Suicide | Comments

Dr. Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health; Dr. Lisa Colpe, National Institute of Mental Health; and Colleen Carr, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Screening for suicide risk is common to most suicide prevention efforts and clinical practices that aim to identify at-risk individuals. 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 […]

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ZERO SUICIDE: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO SUICIDE CARE

January 22, 2015 | Suicide | Comments

Michael Hogan, Ph.D.

Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions LLC

“The death rates for eight of the 10 leading causes of death have decreased significantly, but not for the 10th leading cause–suicide…I’m adding my voice to a growing chorus determined to make suicide a national priority.” Linda Rosenberg, January 14, 2014 Whether we work in suicide prevention, or play leadership roles in behavioral health care, […]

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#YouMatter

September 10, 2014 | Suicide | Comments

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

As summer ends and as we observe National Suicide Prevention Week, the University of Southern California School of Social Work launched You Matter, an early intervention campaign designed to foster well-being and bring back some much-needed human connection.

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The Power of 1: One click, one call, one text — one life.

September 4, 2014 | Suicide | Veterans | Comments

Jeannie Campbell

Executive Vice President, National Council for Behavioral Health

Every year, our country recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month. This year, the Veterans Crisis Line asks you to think about the power of one and consider the many ways a single act can give veterans access to confidential support and resources.

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