Read the Latest Outreach Connection from NIMH: Fall 2016

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Diana Morales, Director
NIMH Outreach Partnership Program

As we approach the end of 2016, the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program would like to express our gratitude for the Outreach Partner and National Partner efforts to educate the public about the importance of mental health research and about high-priority NIMH research initiatives like Recovery After An Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE). 

Learn more about NIMH research priorities from the new NIMH director, Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. in his new Director’s Messages series. In November, he posted a welcome message to tell the public about plans for his first year as director his priorities for research. In his most recent message, he identifies suicide prevention as a priority research area and describes efforts to reduce the suicide rateYou can read more in recent interviews with Dr. Gordon in Science and Nature magazines. Lastly, we thank you for your partnership and your organizations’ work to reach the public with science-based mental health information. Your work is critical to the Institute’s mission to increase the public health impact of its research. We wish you happy holidays and look forward to working with you in the new year!


Getting Research and Resources Out

Outreach Partners have been disseminating NIMH materials and research findings throughout their states.

MHA SCK Job Fair Exhibit

MHA of South Central Kansas shared NIMH publications at a job fair for members of the military and the general public.


NAMI IN Facebook Post

NAMI Indiana shared NIMH-funded research findings about sleep's connection to childhood mental illness via Facebook.

NAMI St. Louis Facebook Post

NAMI St. Louis informed its constituents via Facebook about the newly revised NIMH publication, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Basics.

Nevada PEP Tweet

Nevada PEP retweeted a tweet from an NIMH webinar about anxiety disorders among children.

NIMH Helping Children

To support residents in flood stricken areas of the state, DBSA West Virginia shipped NIMH literature to disaster recovery responders, including state family resource networks, social workers, and doctors.

NAMI Wyoming used NIMH publications in a Crisis Intervention Team training for rangers at Yellowstone National Park.

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Tailoring Content

Outreach Partners often repurpose NIMH information to include in materials they create for educational efforts in their communities.

MHASCK Billboard

MHA of South Central Kansas used statistics from the NIMH website on billboards that ran throughout the city as part of promotional efforts for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day activities.

MHA of Texas integrated content from NIMH webpages on its mental health topic pages, including adapting NIMH anxiety information for its anxiety page.

Tackling Disparities

Outreach Partners are using NIMH materials and research in their efforts to address mental health disparities.

NIMH publications in Spanish

Special Service for Groups, the Outreach Partner for Southern California, distributed Spanish-language NIMH brochures to parents and caregivers of young children at a community meeting in Los Angeles.

MHA in Delaware used NIMH brochures about a range of disorders at a Mental Health First Aid training for librarians seeking to provide assistance to the homeless population frequenting their libraries. 

NAMI Indiana partnered with a local Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter to conduct outreach to the African American community and distribute NIMH publications at the Indiana Black Expo. 

PR Health Fair

The University of Puerto Rico Institute for Psychological Research shared NIMH publications at a local senior center health fair.

Extending the Reach

Thanks to the Partners who continue to build on what was shared at the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program 2016 Annual Meeting. For example, National Partner Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America adapted the meeting summary to highlight the sessions on preventing and treating psychosis in its e-newsletter.

An additional resource for highlighting the information from the annual meeting is a recent NIH Record Story summarizing the meeting's panel discussion on addressing disparities in access to mental healthcare.

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First Episode Psychosis Outreach

Thanks to the many efforts of Outreach and National Partners, communities are learning about first episode psychosis (FEP) programs and NIMH RAISE findings.

Raising Awareness

NAMI National hosted an “Ask the Doctor” webinar about treating early psychosis featuring an NIMH-funded RAISE investigator, Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H. In addition, NAMI blogged about RAISE findings and related resources it is developing to educate the public about FEP and coordinated specialty care.  


SAMHSA’s September 2016 Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV) webcast explored ways to support youth and young adults who may be in the early phase of psychosis, or experiencing FEP. Behavioral health experts, including Dr. Dixon, discussed evidence-based strategies to address both the prodromal phase and FEP. 

A number of Partners highlighted FEP at their meetings, including presentations of RAISE findings at the NAMI Connecticut Annual Conference and Oregon's early psychosis program at the NAMI Oregon Annual Conference. In addition, NAMI North Carolina’s Annual Conference highlighted NIMH grantee Diana Perkins, M.D., M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina, who spoke about recognizing and treating early psychosis. 


NAMI Minnesota tweeted NIMH-funded research findings about the neurocognitive impairments for those at high-risk for psychosis.

Educating Policymakers

Interview Robert Heinnsen

MHA Montana used a PBS Newshour interview with NIMH’s Robert Heinssen, Ph.D. at a Montana legislative hearing to educate policymakers about FEP.

Promoting Research Opportunities

Outreach Partners are informing their communities about NIMH-funded clinical trials actively recruiting participants.

MHA Georgia promotes NIMH-funded studies in the “Clinical Trials Corner” of its monthly e-newsletter.

  MHA GA Clinical Trials Corner

NAMI Minnesota posted information on its website about an NIMH-funded schizophrenia study conducted at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center seeking family members. 

NAMI Maryland and NAMI New York State hosted NIMH intramural outreach staff at their annual meetings to inform participants about NIMH intramural schizophrenia studies seeking volunteers.


The University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health shared information about NIMH intramural studies with regional human service centers throughout the state.

NAMI VT Facebook Post

NAMI Vermont used Facebook to share about an NIMH intramural study on behavior and the brain.

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Educating the Public about Research

Partners are educating their communities about the importance of research and the research process.

NIMH Clinical Trials and You

A number of partners have been using the new NIMH resource, Clinical Research Trials and You: Questions and Answers to educate their constituents about research. NAMI Arkansas brought copies to a depression screening at a local church that requested information about research participation. NAMI Minnesota and the Federation of Families of South Carolina shared it at community events and classes for family members, consumers, and the general public.

MAMH Facebook Post NIH Infographic

The Massachusetts Association for Mental Health used Facebook to inform its community about the new NIH infographic, which describes the different types of clinical studies.


MHA of South Mississippi distributed NIMH publications, along with research participation information from the NIMH Intramural Research Program, at a statewide trauma conference for providers serving primarily low income and African American communities.

MHA of Southeastern Pennsylvania regularly speaks to the importance of research and available studies at its Voices of Recovery support and advocacy group meetings.

Taking Research to the Community

Partners provide opportunities for NIMH scientists and grantees to present their findings at local meetings and conferences.

NAMI CT David Steffens  

NIMH grantee David Steffens, M.D., M.H.S. from the University of Connecticut presented about older adults and depression at the NAMI Connecticut Annual Education Conference. 

MHA of Southeast Florida organized a training for behavioral health professionals featuring NIMH grantee William Pelham, Ph.D. of Florida International University who presented his research on ADHD.

NAMI Maryland’s recent annual conference featured NIMH intramural researcher, Argyris Stringaris, M.D., Ph.D. who presented research updates about depression in young people. 

ABCD Study Image

At NAMI Utah’s State Conference, Rebekah Huber, Ph.D. from the University of Utah presented about the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, an NIH-funded long-term study of brain development and child health. 

NAMI Utah NIMH Update

In addition, NAMI Utah provided an update about new research, initiatives, and resources from NIMH to its conference participants.

National Partner Activities

The American Psychological Association blogged about a new theory proposed by Daniel Pine, M.D., a clinical researcher in the NIMH Emotion and Development Branch, and NIMH grantee, Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D. at New York University which could lead to improved treatments for anxiety disorders.

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation blogged about breakthrough research on fast-acting medications for treatment-resistant depression conducted by NIMH investigator, Carlos Zarate, M.D.

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Outreach Connection is a service of the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program (OPP).

Fall 2016

Welcome New Outreach Partners

The NIMH OPP welcomes the Indian Center, Inc., the new Outreach Partner for the state of Nebraska.

OPP Visits Outreach Partners

Each year, OPP staff members strive to learn about mental health issues and activities across the states by attending Outreach Partner meetings.

DC Behavioral Health Association Annual Conference
In June, Outreach Liaison Rajni Agarwal attended the DC Behavioral Health Association Conference in Washington, DC.

Zarrow Symposium

MHA Oklahoma Zarrow Symposium
In September, Outreach Liaison Samantha Helfert attended the Zarrow Symposium hosted by MHA Oklahoma.

NAMI Maryland Annual Conference
In October, Agarwal attended NAMI Maryland's Annual Conference.

New from NIMH

NIMH Teen Brain

New Fact Sheet: The Teen Brain: 6 Things to Know
Learn about the important changes happening to the brain during adolescence.

New Fact Sheet: NIMH Answers Questions About Suicide
Get answers to questions about suicide, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young people.

Revised NIMH Publications
These NIMH publications are newly revised:

Updated Webpages
NIMH has updated the following webpages: Psychotherapies and HIV/AIDS and Mental Health.

NIMH e-Book Collection

NIMH eBooks

Learn about mental health disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest research anywhere, anytime—with NIMH’s FREE e-books. Select NIMH e-books, including Depression: What You Need to Know, are also available for free via Google PlayiTunes, and Nook Books.

How to View e-Books
To download and view NIMH e-books from the NIMH website on your device:

Kindle: Select Kindle. Use a USB cable to transfer the file to your Kindle.
Smartphone or tablet: Do you have an app for e-books? If so, select ePub to download and view NIMH e-books with your app. If you don’t have an app, select PDF.
Desktop or laptop computer: Free software is available to read e-books on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions is one option for ePub and Calibre is one for Kindle. 

New Clinical Trials Resources

NIH has released new resources to educate the public about clinical research.

NIH Clinical Trials Infographic

Infographic: Why do researchers do different kinds of clinical studies?
This guide describes different kinds of clinical studies and why researchers might use them.

Video: What is Clinical Research?
Learn how you can participate and contribute to medical advances.​

Upcoming Observances & Resources

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
January 23-29, 2017
Check out resources available to educate communities and teens about addiction and alcohol abuse from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Brain Awareness Week
March 13-19, 2017
Use NIMH resources to educate teens and parents about the developing brain. Also, check out resources from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, including Know Your Brain and Genes at Work in the Brain

National Autism Awareness Month
April 2017
Take a look at the NIMH publication, A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other NIMH resources on autism.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 2017
Consider using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administration for Children and Families resources on preventing childhood maltreatment.

Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
May 2017
Check out NIMH’s webpage on borderline personality disorder.

Mental Health Month
May 2017
Check out NIMH materials and resources for your Mental Health Month activities!

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 4, 2017
Find NIMH brochures and videos about mental health issues in children and adolescents. 

Studies Seeking Participants

The NIMH Intramural Research Program in Bethesda, MD is seeking participants for the following trials. Spread the word.

NIH Clinical Center

Join NIH Depression Research Studies
Does depression impede your daily life? Are you currently feeling sad and hopeless, experiencing worthlessness and guilt, and have a lack of interest in everyday activities you once enjoyed? NIH studies are investigating the brain and experimental medications (such as ketamine and diazoxide) to rapidly reduce depressive symptoms. Research includes: depressed adults ages 18 to 70, outpatient visits or inpatient stays of up to 12 weeks at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD.  Call 1-877-MIND-NIH, TTY: 1-866-411-1010, Email:

Brain Imaging of Childhood Onset Psychiatric Disorders, Endocrine Disorders and Healthy Volunteers
NIH Behavior and Brain Imaging Research Study currently enrolling children and young adults (5-25 years old) with X & Y chromosome variations. Participation includes an initial 2-day outpatient visit and a visit every 2 years to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Compensation, transportation within US, lodging, and meal allowance provided. For more information, contact Jonathan Blumenthal, MA at or 301-435-4516. 

Treatment of Severe Mood Dysregulation
(Inpatient: 12- to 15 weeks) This study tests the efficacy of different treatments for decreasing irritability in children with severe mood and behavioral problems. Participants have symptoms of severe irritability and are not doing well on their current medications. The child must be currently in treatment with a physician, medically healthy and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal. The study includes day or full hospitalization to discontinue medication, followed by either methylphenidate plus citalopram, or methylphenidate plus placebo. Recruiting ages 7-17. To find out if you qualify, or call 1-301-496-8381 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

Depression in Teenagers
Study seeks to understand the causes of depression in teenagers.  As part of a larger study looking at mood dysregulation, this part of the study is currently recruiting, medically healthy teenagers ages 12 to 17, who meet the criteria for major depressive disorder, and are in treatment with a physician. Study participation begins with an initial 1-day evaluation. Research visits may include annual outpatient visits up to age 25, and/or a 4- to 15-week inpatient treatment. Call 1-301-496-8381 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010], Email 

About the Program

The OPP, 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 organizations. The program supports 55 Outreach Partners representing all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In addition, over 80 non-profit organizations participate in the program as National Partners, including professional, consumer, advocacy, and service-related organizations with a nationwide membership and/or audience.


The Outreach Connection provides a vehicle to share how the Outreach and National Partners are disseminating NIMH research across the country. If you have feedback about the newsletter, please contact