How Health Communicators and Journalists Can Help Replace Stigma with Science

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow, M.D. blogs about how one can use science to counter the stigma of drug addiction. There are still people who believe addiction is a moral failing that could be solved if the person had more willpower. In fact, the science is clear: Addiction is a chronic,Read More

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NIDA: Nonmedical Treatment for Cocaine Addiction Shows Promise in Pilot Trial

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) projects electromagnetic fields into the brain and can be used to either increase or decrease neuronal responsiveness in targeted brain areas. Researchers have hypothesized that administering TMS to strengthen activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and downstream brain regions can alleviate cocaine addiction (see Narrative of Discovery: Can Magnets Treat CocaineRead More

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Webinar: Advancing Comprehensive Community Suicide Prevention: An Overview

This event was the first in the webinar series, Advancing Community Suicide Prevention, which aims to disseminate comprehensive models of community suicide prevention based on the best existing evidence and drawing on experiences from across the globe. SAMHSA, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada highlighted the work of theRead More

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Webisode: Diverting to Treatment: Community Policing and Mental Illness

This webisode explores the changing role of law enforcement in addressing youth and young adults with a mental illness. The program discussed evidence-based strategies to combine efforts of police officers, mental health educators, and community advocates to resolve potentially violent situations in more positive ways. Additionally, the webisode featured presentations from states that have implementedRead More

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Understanding Child Welfare and the Courts

Families involved with the child welfare system must often engage with the judicial system. This Administration for Children and Families factsheet is designed to demystify the legal process and inform families of their rights and responsibilities. It includes frequently asked questions about the different stages of court proceedings, how parents and family members can prepareRead More

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The All of Us Research Program Seeks Feedback from the Community

The All of Us Research Program will create a community of one million or more people from across the U.S. to improve the future of health. Those who join the program will contribute their health, environment, and lifestyle information over an extended period of time. By gathering information from such a large group of people, researchers willRead More

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Study Suggests Omega-3s May Not Improve Outcomes in People at High Risk of Psychosis

For years, researchers have been encouraged by evidence from a small, single-center trial that suggested omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) might reduce the risk of onset and improve outcomes in patients at ultrahigh risk (UHR) for psychosis. The results of a multicenter study published today in JAMA Psychiatry now suggest omega-3s may be no betterRead More

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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Research Clinic at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital

What is Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) utilizes an electromagnet placed on the scalp that generates magnetic field pulses roughly the strength of an MRI scan. The magnetic pulses stimulate a small area on the surface of the brain about the size of a quarter. Low frequency (once per second) TMS hasRead More

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House Passes the 21st Century Cures Act – on to the Senate

On 11/30/2016 the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) by a vote of 392-26. This wide-ranging, $6 billion bipartisan health legislation includes significant mental health components. The bill incorporates elements of legislation previously put forth by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa. To be honored by SARDAA with the Exceptional Legislator AwardRead More

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NIMH Releases Strategic Research Priorities Update

To keep pace with rapid developments in research on mental illnesses, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently released updates to its Strategic Research Priorities. These priorities serve as guidance to NIMH grantees, potential grant applicants, and staff for the design and implementation of future research. Developed and reviewed by NIMH subject matter expertsRead More

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