What Is in Your Treatment Toolbox? Clinical Interventions to Prevent Suicidal Behavior
Community behavioral health providers are expected to know how to treat suicidal patients. As so often is the case, though, the practice demands are ahead of the research. New studies are testing the best ways to treat and prevent suicidal behavior, but how do you treat these behaviors without a full toolbox? Medication Interventions Many […]
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Are Long Life and Good Life Mutually Exclusive?
Dan Buettner Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Do we sacrifice quality of life for longevity? Or is longevity a gift for a life well-lived? This year, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is pleased to host an unlikely duo – Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Affordable Care Act architect and provocateur, and Dan Buettner, best-selling author and National […]
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We’ve got your back.
When I was eighteen, like many young folks, I left my hometown in the coal fields of West Virginia to pursue a college degree. Energized by the prospect of being independent, meeting new people, and following my passion for religion and theology, I loaded my Chevy up and headed two hours north to a small […]
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What We Know (and What We Don’t) About Predicting Suicide Risk
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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Raising Up a Culturally Conscious Voice: Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers
Every day we are confronted with the increasing cultural diversity of the people we serve and the need to manage not only behavioral health issues, but physical health issues as well. Training behavioral health providers to think about whole health and wellness approaches is important, but an additional step many providers are taking is expanding […]
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The Customer is Always Right: Customer Service for Survival
Excellent customer services is paramount to recovery. But what does it actually mean to be the Ritz Carlton of customer service post-health care reform?
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The Four Factors that Lead to (and Protect Against) Suicide
The ultimate answer to “Why do people become suicidal?” is complex, and as depicted in the figure below, research has focused on several long- and short-term risk factors that interact to place an individual at increased suicide risk. 1. Social Determinants Healthy connectedness with family members, neighborhoods, cultural groups and society can serve as a […]
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The Way We Work is Changing
This post originally appeared on DATIS’ blog and was reprinted with permission. In our current business environment- the only thing constant is change. Inevitably and irrefutably, the way we work is changing. There are no more 9-5’s and no more cubicle walls to maintain departmental silos. Organizations today are made up of cross-functional teams that search for […]
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I Was a Little Fish in a Huge Pond: A Young Leader’s Story
Last year’s National Council Conference was the best professional experience I’ve had in my eight year career in behavioral health care. As a millennial still finding my way in a field continually growing toward a fully-integrated health system, the most difficult part of being a “young leader” is feeling misunderstood. I dare to compare generational […]
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ZERO SUICIDE: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO SUICIDE CARE
“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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