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Save the Date for NNEDLearn 2019!

Posted: October 11, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration invites National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) members to participate in its ninth annual training opportunity for community-based organizations, NNEDLearn 2019. The goal of NNEDLearn is to develop members’ skills in evidence-supported and culturally appropriate mental illness and substance use prevention and treatment practices and to support practice implementation. This training model includes two introductory webinars, an on-site 2 ½ day intensive training, and four follow-up virtual coaching sessions. The on-site training will be held March 31 – April 3, 2019 at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Applications to participate in NNEDLearn will be posted on the NNED website in November.  This opportunity is only open to NNED members. To become a NNED member, sign up here.

More information to come. Learn about previous NNEDLearn meetings.

Click here to view and share the full NNEDLearn 2019 Save the Date flyer!



Save the Date for NNEDLearn 2019!

Posted: October 11, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration invites National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) members to participate in its ninth annual training opportunity for community-based organizations, NNEDLearn 2019. The goal of NNEDLearn is to develop members’ skills in evidence-supported and culturally appropriate mental illness and substance use prevention and treatment practices and to support practice implementation. This training model includes two introductory webinars, an on-site 2 ½ day intensive training, and four follow-up virtual coaching sessions. The on-site training will be held March 31 – April 3, 2019 at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Applications to participate in NNEDLearn will be posted on the NNED website in November.  This opportunity is only open to NNED members. To become a NNED member, sign up here.

More information to come. Learn about previous NNEDLearn meetings.

Click here to view and share the full NNEDLearn 2019 Save the Date flyer!



New Generation of Asian-American Women are Fighting to Normalize Mental Health Treatment

Posted: October 10, 2018

When Kristina Wong’s mother told her if anyone finds out she went to therapy she would never be able to get a job, it became crystal clear just how taboo discussions of mental health were in her family.

“That made it clear that my joy had a monetary value, and it was that shameful to go about seeking help or even talking to someone about your problems,” Wong, a third-generation Chinese-American, told GMA.

That mentality reflects a broader sentiment within the Asian American community.

While Asian-Americans have a lower reported rate of psychiatric disorders and suicide compared to Caucasians within the U.S., they are three times less likely to seek mental health help, according to the data collected by the National Latino and Asian American Study.

There are a number of reasons why, according to experts. Discussing mental health concerns is “taboo” in a variety of Asian-American communities where seeking help is stigmatized, explained Koko Nishi, a licensed psychologist on the counseling staff at San Diego State University. As a result, many Asian Americans often dismiss, deny or neglect their symptoms.

The idea that a person can be hampered by something that can’t be seen by the naked eye is unacceptable in some Asian cultures, Nishi said.

“There’s a lot of shame involved,” especially among elderly Asian-Americans who are afraid of losing face, said Wesley Mukoyama, a clinical social worker and former director for Yu Ai Kai, a senior center for Japanese-Americans.

Even though Asian-Americans, who came as immigrants and refugees and are at higher risk of depression and suicide due to trauma from their past, when they do seek help, they often report the physical symptoms that are results of psychological problems, according to Nishi.

That’s why organizations like Yu Ai Kai focus on less traditional treatments, ones that don’t require residents to directly address their feelings, Mukoyama said.

With 59 percent of all Asian-Americans born in a different country, according to Pew, language barriers, cultural stigma and lack of understanding of mental health resources are factors that contribute to the issue as well. Many come from countries without accessible mental health care and in certain cultures some of the terms for mental health don’t even exist in the language, said Nishi.

There is a word, however, for shame in the Filipino language called “hiya.”

It’s a “particular kind of shame” when one has failed to live a “happy and harmonious life” that is in conjunction with society’s norms and expectations, Tess Paras, a Filipino-American actress and writer, told “Good Morning America.”

Read more on GoodMorningAmerica.com.



‘A National Emergency’: Suicide Rate Spikes among Young US Veterans

Posted: October 09, 2018

Suicide rates have jumped substantially among young military veterans, according to new data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans aged 18 to 34 have higher rates of suicide than any other age group, the VA says in its National Suicide Data Report. The rate for those young veterans increased to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2016, up from 40.4 in 2015, even as the overall veteran suicide rate decreased slightly, according to a copy of the report reviewed by the Guardian.

Many vets in that age group served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This isn’t just alarming. It’s a national emergency that requires immediate action. We’ve spent the last decade trying to improve the transitioning process for our veterans, but we’re clearly failing, and people are dying,” said Joe Chenelly, the executive director of the national veterans group Amvets.

More than 6,000 veterans have killed themselves each year since 2008, according to the VA data. Veteran suicide rates increased 25.9% between 2005 and 2016, as suicide rates in the overall US population also increased. But between 2015 and 2016, the rate for veterans decreased slightly, from 30.5 per 100,000 population to 30.1.

The suicide rate was 1.5 times greater for veterans than for adults who never served in the military, even after adjusting for age and gender.

The gap was even greater for female veterans: after adjusting for age, their suicide rate was 1.8 times greater than the rate for non-veteran women in 2016.

“The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to veteran suicide prevention,” the VA says in its report. “To prevent veteran suicide, we must help reduce veterans’ risk for suicide before they reach a crisis point and support those veterans who are in crisis. This requires the expansion of treatment and prevention services and a continued focus on innovative crisis intervention services.”

Read more on TheGuardian.com.



One Year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Mental Health Challenges Remain

Posted: October 05, 2018

One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria made landfall, recovery has progressed slowly and unevenly in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The territories’ health care systems continue to face capacity, infrastructure and financial challenges even as health needs have increased, especially in mental health, according to two new reports from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The reports, drawing upon interviews with government and health officials from both territories, public documents and data, and an online survey of 21 community health centers, find that providers in both territories have restored access to some services limited by hurricane damage, while other services remain closed.

Provider shortages in nursing, certain subspecialties and especially in mental health present challenges in both territories. More than seven in ten (71%) health centers reported an increase in the number of patients they served.  Over eight in ten (86%) health centers reported an uptick in patients with depression and anxiety compared to before the hurricanes, and seven in ten reported that patients were more likely to have suicidal thoughts or attempts and alcohol or other substance use disorders.

Read more on CMHNetwork.org.



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