The connections forged between Outreach Partners and researchers at the Program’s annual meeting often spawn new efforts to make science accessible to the public. Highlighted below are examples of how Outreach Partners and scientists are getting research to those who need it most:
NIMH Grantees Headline NAMI New York State Educational Conference
Partners Bring Research on Suicide and Older Adults to their Communities
When it comes to gaps in access to and quality of mental health care, Outreach Partners are making a difference by reaching out to populations in need.
Outreach Partners are getting out the word about the benefits of participation in research and NIMH-funded studies that are actively seeking volunteer research participants. Check it out:
East Texas Area Health Education Center re-tweets NIMH study announcements to its Twitter followers.
The Massachusetts Association of Mental Health distributes announcements about NIMH studies to clubhouses and other peer-run organizations statewide.
Outreach Partners are teaming up with researchers in their states to promote clinical trials and disseminate research findings. Here are just a couple examples:
Ethics in Research Webinar for Idaho Practitioners
The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health, in collaboration with the NIMH Intramural Research Program, held an educational webinar on research ethics. The webinar featured expert clinicians from NIMH’s Human Subjects Protection Unit to provide an overview of the historical aspects and current understanding of informed consent, including ethical standards for assessing capacity to provide informed consent. As one participant stated in the post-webinar evaluation survey, “When working with older adults and others that suffer cognitive impairments, understanding and having the tools to assess ‘capacity’ at any level of information is very valuable.”
Promotion of Multi-Site Psychotic Depression Study
Outreach Partners in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are helping increase awareness about the NIMH-funded multi-site study, Sustaining Remission of Severe Depression: The STOP-PD II Research Study. Whether through website postings, listserv announcements, support group meetings, or community events, these Outreach Partners are helping to advance research into the treatment of this serious mental illness.
Researchers are still actively recruiting for STOP-PD II, which examines how long people need to stay on an antipsychotic medication to prevent new episodes of psychosis after recovering from their initial symptoms. For more information, contact study coordinator Patricia Marino at 914-997-8691.
Outreach Connection is a service of the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program (OPP).
NIMH is pleased to welcome two new Outreach Partners to serve the state of California.
Mental Health Association in California will represent the Northern/Central regions of the state.
Mental Health America of Los Angeles will serve the Southern regions of the state.
Learn about the Program’s Solicitation planned for summer 2013.
Read NIMH Director Thomas Insel's testimony at a recent U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing-- Assessing the State of America’s Mental Health System.
NEW: Bipolar Disorder in Adults (NIH 12-3679)
NEW: Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents (NIH 12-6380)
REVISED: Depression and College Students: Answers to college students' frequently asked questions about depression (NIH 12-4266)
REVISED: Depression and High School Students: Answers to students’ frequently asked questions about depression (OM 12-4302)
Check out the NIMH resources below that are available to support upcoming annual mental health observances!
Brain Awareness Week
Mental Health Month
National Child Mental Health Awareness Day
The NIMH Intramural Research Program in Bethesda, Maryland is seeking participants for the following trials. Spread the word.
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
Treatment-Resistant Depression & Ketamine & Riluzole
Schizophrenia and Genetics
Partners Join the Conversation on Social Media
NIMH and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recently hosted Twitter chats on depression and anxiety and stress. Among the nearly 650 participants were several Outreach Partners and National Partners, including:
American Psychological Association
Missed the chats? See them here.
Follow NIMH on Twitter to get the latest NIMH announcements!
The Outreach Partnership Program, a nationwide initiative of the NIMH Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL), 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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