News From The Field

Research: Teaching Kids Mental Health Skills Can Ease Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts

June 26, 2017 | Emily Taylor

EMPATHY is a pilot program used to promote mental health in Canadian middle school and high school students. A study by researchers at the University of Alberta in Calgary looked at the impact of the program on 6,000 youth who were offered the EMPATHY training between 2013-2015. The results showed declines in suicidal thoughts, anxiety and depression.

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Research: Quality of Early Family Relationships Affects Children’s Mental Health

June 22, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Researchers from the Academy of Finland conducted a seven-year longitudinal study to investigate the impact that the transition to parenthood has on families and what effect early family relationships have on children’s emotional development. The study included 710 Finnish families during pregnancy, when the children were two months, and again at one year and middle childhood. Researchers identified various family types and found that problematic family types were tied to different emotional regulation problems in middle childhood.

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Research Review: Coordinated Adolescent- and Family-Centered Services

June 19, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health has published a research review on coordinated adolescent and family-centered services, one of the “Five Essentials” identified by its Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) effort. The review highlights research, evaluation reports, and other publications that inform the field about key issues in, and effective practices for, fostering improved health, reducing risky behavior, and improving engagement and healthy development in young people.

Read the TAG research review»

SAMHSA Report: Emergency Dept. Visits Involving Underage Alcohol Misuse

June 14, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Last month, SAMHSA issued a short report on Emergency Department visits involving alcohol misuse by people aged 12 to 20 between 2010 and 2013. The report includes data on hospital visits related to alcohol-only and drug and alcohol combination and breaks results down by age segments and gender within the 12 to 20 group.

Read the complete report»

Research: Mental Health Crises in Children and Young Adults

June 7, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Research published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found more than half of youth admitted to the hospital for a mental health issue had no previous history of contact with mental health care services. Researchers looked at data on emergency hospital visits for more than 100,000 young people aged 10-24 in Ontario, Canada over a four year period. Findings suggest that improved access to primary care would help to prevent emergency hospital visits.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

June 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Student Engagement Project has published a free Suicide Prevention Brief with information for educators on how to prevent suicide among students and what to do when a suicide occurs. According to the brief, “school-age students (10-19) are most at-risk for suicidal behaviors, and are most accessible for suicide prevention interventions while they are in school”.

Download the suicide prevention resources»

Research: Costs to Community Mental Health Agencies to Sustain an Evidence-Based Practice

June 2, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent article published in Psychiatric Services, is based on a study that looked into a frequently cited barrier to the sustainability of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): cost. The study tested a method for quantifying the costs of implementing EBP compared with usual care.

Read the article in Psychiatric Services»

SAMHSA Welcomes Dr. Justine Larson to the Center for Mental Health Services

June 2, 2017 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA recently announced the appointment of child and adolescent psychiatrist, Justine Larson, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S. as its new Senior Medical Advisor.

Read Paolo del Vecchio’s post about Dr. Larson»

Resources: Multilingual Trauma Resources Available

May 31, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Child Mind Institute has a collection of resources in a variety of languages available online to help communities after tragic events. These resources are designed to help parents and those who work with youth and adolescents in talking about potentially traumatic events.

Download the multilingual trauma resources»

Research: Increase in Suicidality of Children and Teens

May 31, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Earlier this month, researchers presented “Trends in Suicidality and Serious Self-Harm for Children 5-17 Years at 32 U.S. Children’s Hospitals, 2008-2015” at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. After analyzing administrative data from 32 children’s hospitals around the U.S., researchers found the incidence of suicidality doubled over the study period.

Read about the research»

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