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Mental Health Resources

| April 7, 2015

Mental health issues have an impact on physical wellness. If not attended to they can lead to more chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and cancer.

  • Mental and emotional well-being is essential to overall health. Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to their communities (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, 2011).
  • More than 70% of primary care visits stem from behavioral health issues (Behavioral Consultation and Primary Care: A Guide to Integrating Services, 2007).
  • Up to 45% of those who die by suicide have visited their primary care provider within a month of death (SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, 2012).
  • Early childhood experiences have lasting, measurable consequences later in life; therefore, fostering emotional well-being from the earliest stages of life helps build a foundation for overall health and well-being (National Prevention Strategy, 2011).

Resources for Health Care Providers

10 x 10 Wellness Campaign  10x10 Campaign

The 10 x 10 Wellness Campaign from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration focuses on improving the health of people with mental illnesses.  This brochure outlines key information and tips for health care providers. Wellness Campaign

Academy on Violence & Abuse

Provides information on ACEs, best practices, screening, and increasing resilience. ACEs Best Practices

Continuity of Care for Suicide Prevention:  The Role of Emergency Departments 

Outlines steps emergency departments can take to include continuity of care for patients at risk for suicide. Continuity of Care Suicide Prevention in ED

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

This is a free online course provided by the Suicide Prevention Research Center (SPRC), designed for mental health and healthcare providers. It provides an overview of the importance of means restriction, and demonstrates how to ask clients who are at risk about their access to lethal means as well as how to reduce that access. The course can be completed at your own pace, and takes a total of about two hours. Continuing education credits provided.

Person-Centered Approach to Behavioral Health Care

Lists resources to help increase knowledge and use of Person-Centered Care approaches. Person-Centered Care

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care

Although targeted to rural areas, this primer is helpful for all primary care providers.  Includes modules on suicide risk assessment, effective prevention strategies, and intervention and follow-up care. Rural SP for Primary Care Providers

TeenScreen Primary Care

Youth depression screening tools are covered in this document. TeenScreen Primary Care


Zero Suicide in Health & Behavioral Health Care

Links to resources that cover intervention and assessment, the Zero Suicide Toolkit, and how to use effective, evidence-based care. Zero Suicide in Health Care



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