After the Program's Annual Meeting, Partners are bringing the findings to their own communities.
Following a presentation by DSM-5 Task Force chair, David Kupfer, M.D., the Puerto Rico Outreach Partner, the University of Puerto Rico's Institute for Psychological Research, created a fact sheet in Spanish about the changes in the DSM-5.
The Federation of Families of South Carolina shared annual meeting presentations about the teen brain, anxiety, and childhood bipolar disorder with the 15 pediatric practices in South Carolina participating in the South Carolina-CHIPRA (Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act) pilot grant.
Partners conduct outreach projects addressing mental disorders among children and adolescents, or mental health disparities.
Outreach Partners are getting out the word about opportunities for the public to participate in research.
NAMI North Carolina created a new webpage to promote NIMH and local research studies.
NAMI New York State toured the NIH Clinical Center during the OPP 2013 Annual Meeting and subsequently the Partner prepared a summary for its newsletter describing what families and individuals may experience if participating in a study at the NIH.
Partners are teaming up with researchers in their states to promote clinical trials, and disseminate and apply research. Here are just a couple examples:
Partners provide opportunities for NIMH scientists and grantees to present their findings at local meetings and conferences.
NAMI South Dakota's annual conference featured Stuart White, Ph.D., a NIMH DIRP scientist, who discussed the state of the science in the development, assessment, and treatment of antisocial behavior.
Outreach Connection is a service of the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program (OPP).
NIMH is seeking proposals from organizations interested in becoming Outreach Partners in the District of Columbia, Alaska, Michigan, and Missouri. Non-profit organizations that conduct mental health outreach are invited to submit proposals.
Proposals are due 11:59PM ET December 18, 2013.
Congratulations to researchers in the NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP) for recognition of their contributions to the scientific community.
The Program's National Partners actively promote NIMH research.
Webinars Featuring NIMH Research
The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation featured NIMH DIRP scientists in its Meet the Scientist webinar series. The archived videos are available for viewing and include: "Ketamine & Next Generation Therapies" by Carlos Zarate, M.D., Chief, Section on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Mood Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch, and "Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia: The Study and Treatment" by Judith Rapoport, M.D., Chief of the NIMH Child Psychology Branch.
In observance of Borderline Personality Day, NIMH grantee and President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, Dr. Perry Hoffman, participated in an NIMH Twitter chat.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association live tweeted NIMH Director Thomas Insel’s keynote address at its annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute.
Each year, OPP staff strive to learn about issues and activities across the states by attending Outreach Partner meetings.
Mississippi: 2013 Community Wellness Conference
In May, Outreach Liaison Rajni Agarwal participated in this wellness conference hosted by the Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force.
Indiana: Annual Mental Health Symposium
In June, Outreach Liaison Samantha Helfert attended Mental Health of America of Indiana's annual symposium and provided a brief presentation about NIMH resources and opportunities for public participation in clinical research.
Oklahoma: 19th Annual Zarrow Symposium
In September, OPP Director Diana Morales participated in Mental Health Association in Tulsa's annual symposium.
The NIMH Intramural Program in Bethesda, MD is seeking participants for the following trials. Spread the word.
(Outpatient: 1-3 visits and may include follow-up visits until age 25) This study describes, over time, the moods and behavior of children. Participants must have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, be currently in treatment with a physician, medically healthy and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal. The study includes performing research & computer tasks, neuropsychological testing, and MRI brain imaging. Recruiting ages 6-17. [00-M-0198]
(Inpatient: 6-8 weeks) Two studies hope to improve depression symptoms within 24 hours, and continue the improvement using medications. Recruiting ages 18-65. [04-M-0222, 03-M-0092]
(Outpatient: 1-2 days) This study examines the role genes play in schizophrenia. Eligible participants have a diagnosis of schizophrenia and no serious drug or alcohol abuse. If possible, the siblings and/or parents of the individuals are invited for interviews and blood donation. Travel and lodging assistance may be available. Recruiting ages 18-55. [95-M-0150]
The Outreach Partnership Program, a nationwide initiative of the NIMH Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison, works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. The program has 55 Outreach Partners representing all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and over 80 National Partners, including professional, consumer, advocacy, and service-related organizations with a nationwide membership and/or audience.
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