Strengthening the Specialty Addictions Sector
This editorial appears in the addictions issue of National Council Magazine. By: Becky Vaughn , Vice President of Addictions, National Council of Behavioral Health Strengthening the Specialty Addictions Sector Addictions providers in the United States face an odd duality: we are simultaneously needed and threatened. Addictions are Expensive Public Health Problems Deaths by overdose have […]
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It’s Not About Getting High: What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Addiction
This editorial appears in the addictions issue of National Council Magazine. By: Nora D. Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse Those on the front lines who study and address behavioral health have struggled for decades to remove the stigma that persists around mental illness and addictive disorders. In the addiction field, this has meant […]
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Understanding Suicidal Behavior: Exciting New Opportunities in Research Infrastructure
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
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.
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
For well over a year, a team of us at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing 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?
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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Mental health issues don’t take the day off
*Reprinted from Aetna Health Section. Mental health issues don’t stay at home. They don’t take a vacation and they seldom take a day off. Untreated, mental health problems can translate into job performance issues, workplace accidents, staff turnover and absenteeism. Depression alone is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost […]
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Support Whole Health through Medical Monitoring
We know that individuals with mental health and substance use conditions are at greater risk for chronic medical conditions – such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and COPD – than the general population. And adding primary care and wellness services designed to reduce the impact of chronic medical conditions among this population is quickly becoming a […]
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4 Ways You Can Support Veterans Living With PTSD in Your Community
With Independence Day upon us, learn some ways you can help support those who have served our country. 1) Put it in context Although the prevalence of PTSD is higher among returning veterans than in the general population, the vast majority of service members will return without the disorder. 2) Be sensitive to signs and […]
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