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To Prevent Addiction In Adults, Help Teens Learn How To Cope
NPR – 11.13.15
Approximately 10% of people in the US will develop a substance-use disorder at some point in their lives and require therapeutic services, which can be difficult to attain, especially for youth. According to a 2014 Behavioral Health Barometer issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 8.8% of young people between 12 and 17 years old are currently using an illicit drug. Rob Vincent, a SAMHSA public health analyst notes that, “once a child 12 to 17 years old is identified as needing treatment, only 1 in 20 of those adolescents is actually getting treatment.” Sara Ellsworth, clinical supervisor at True North Student Assistance and Treatment Services, points out that many youth seeking services “have a history of victimization or significant trauma,” and that over half of these kids have at least one mental health challenge. To address this issue, professionals have turned to prevention programs like Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). This 3 pronged method, which has been implemented in schools and healthcare plans emphasizes thorough screening and youth collaboration.
It’s 3 A.M. And You’re Feeling Depressed. How Technology Is Transforming Mental Health Care
The Washington Post – 11.13.15
An online service developed in the United Kingdom, known as Big White Wall, provides 24/7 support to individuals struggling with mental health concerns such as depression, stress, and anxiety. This service offers educational resources and courses that are led by mental health experts, as well as provides space for peer support through virtual conversations. Having access to these resources at all hours of the day and night is critical, since most active users are on Big White Wall between midnight and 4 AM–when feelings of hopelessness and isolation can be most overwhelming. This service is part of the quickly changing landscape of Internet and mobile technologies that professionals believe could address the growing demand for mental healthcare. Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and now working with Google, suggests that technology used correctly can alter how individuals access mental healthcare and enhance the quality of services.
CIN Partners Share–Behavioral and Physical Health Care: Better Together
California Healthcare Foundation – November 2015
Medicaid And Access To Care: The CMS Equal Access Rule
Health Affairs Blog – 11.19.15
Supporting Student Mental Health: Training Interventions for School-Based Healthcare Providers
Advance Healthcare Network – 11.18.15
Why We Can’t Afford To Ignore ‘Stage 1’ Psychosis
Huffington Post – 11.18.15
City Visions: Why is San Francisco Exporting Its Foster Youth?
KALW – 11.16.15
45 People With Depression Who Aren’t Just Sulking in a Corner
The Mighty – 11.16.15
How a Bout of Depression Led to Dwayne Johnson’s Career-Defining Moment
Youtube – 11.12.15
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