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Cultivating Connections to Help Communities Thrive: Shining A Spotlight on Youth Mental Health Champions

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Rachel Huggins

Communications Manager, National Council for Behavioral Health

All young people deserve to grow into healthy, resilient adults. Yet the mental health and well-being of young people in the U.S. is in an alarming state. Depression diagnoses among adolescents increased 63 percent between 2013 and 2016. Suicide attempts are four times more likely among LGBTQ youth and deaths by suicide are roughly two […]

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Stigma Regarding Mental Illness among People of Color

July 8, 2019 | Diversity | LGBTQ | Comments
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Victor Armstrong, MSW

Vice President of Behavioral Health for Atrium Health, and a member of the National Council's board of directors

One of the remaining taboos in many communities of color is the stigma around mental illness. Whether it’s depression or anxiety (or, the worst-case scenario, suicide), there is a longstanding belief in these communities that such concerns are taboo, and their impact is the problem of “the other.” Though communities of color, because of socioeconomic […]

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Harm Reduction is About Hope and Saving People’s Lives

June 13, 2019 | Treatment | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO HealthRIGHT 360, Board Member, National Council for Behavioral Health

More than 30 years ago, long past the realization that it was time for me to stop injecting heroin, I turned to the warm, welcoming staff at San Francisco’s Haight Asbury Free Clinics. They had already seen me through multiple unsuccessful attempts, yet I felt no judgment, heard no dogma and wasn’t ever threatened with […]

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Serving the Community by Being on a Nonprofit Board

May 16, 2019 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Carl Clark, M.D.

President and CEO, Mental Health Center of Denver, Board Member, National Council for Behavioral Health

Serving on a nonprofit board of directors is an honor and a privilege. Done well, it’s also a fair amount of work. I should know. I have served on dozens of nonprofit boards throughout my career and as the president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, I’m answerable to my own board […]

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Introducing an Integrated Care Culture? We Can Help

April 19, 2019 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Nicholas Thomas

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), individuals with behavioral health needs may die decades earlier than those without, largely due to untreated and preventable physical, chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Integrating primary and behavioral health care helps people with complex health conditions receive the comprehensive treatment […]

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From Trauma to Resilience: One Doctor’s Journey to Transform Trauma-Informed Care

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Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Trauma – an event, series of events or set of circumstances, such as neglect and abuse, that is experienced by an individual as harmful or life-threatening – is a nearly universal experience. The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, revealed that experiences of […]

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NatCon19: Wednesday

March 27, 2019 | NatCon | Comments
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The National Council Team

Welcome to NatCon19. This is the last day of NatCon19 and we’re sad to say goodbye. But we’re already making plans for NatCon20 in Austin, Tex. We’ll be here at BH365 with conference highlights through the closing general session, so keep visiting us. Awards of Excellence Last night we were proud to honor 18 individuals […]

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NatCon19: Tuesday

March 26, 2019 | NatCon | Comments
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The National Council Team

Welcome to NatCon19. Whether you’re here with us in Nashville or following the conference at home or from work, we’re glad you’re here. During NatCon, join us here at BH365 for the highlights. We’ll be adding new information all day, so keep visiting us. You’ll always find something new. Rethinking Leadership: Unleash Your People and Get […]

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NatCon19: Monday

March 25, 2019 | NatCon | Comments
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The National Council Team

Welcome to NatCon19. Whether you’re here with us in Nashville or following the conference at home or from work, we’re glad you’re here. During NatCon, join us here at BH365 for the highlights. We’ll be adding new information all day, so keep visiting us. You’ll always find something new. Parting Thoughts Linda Rosenberg For 15 […]

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Meet the #NatCon19 Twitter Ambassadors

March 12, 2019 | Conference Speakers | Comments

Joy Burwell

Director of Communications, National Council for Behavioral Health

Wondering how you’re going to consume all NatCon19 has to offer? Not able to attend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. For the fifth year, we have top-notch Twitter Ambassadors who through their live-tweeting of #NatCon19, will share their unique perspectives and give you an insider’s view of our general sessions with speakers like Atul […]

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