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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) often are the least likely of the racial and ethnic groups to seek mental health care. Research indicates that they do not seek mental health services due to risk factors like lack of insurance, not knowing where to find appropriate services, cultural norms, language barriers, and negative […]

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Every day, first responders including police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services ‘personnel face situations requiring rapid but thoughtful decision-making. De-escalating a crisis, particularly ones involving persons who may be experiencing a mental illness or substance use disorder requires an approach informed by behavioral health knowledge. SAMHSA developed resources for first responders to provide the […]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The health of this generation and the next begins with ensuring that pregnant women and their newborns get appropriate health care.  According to SAMHSA’s latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) has more than doubled and the number of infants born with neonatal abstinence […]

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

For the past four years, SAMHSA has issued the Behavioral Health Barometer as a snapshot of the nation’s behavioral health. The Barometer is a unique compilation of facts and figures on issues such as substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide, and related treatment. The findings are broken down into major groups according […]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

One in five adults will experience a mental illness this year, but fewer than half will seek treatment. A new series of SAMHSA resources is designed to help bridge this gap. Our newly published fact sheets on Treatments for Mental Disorders educate people diagnosed with mental illness, their families and their friends about currently available […]