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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 […]

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Over the past 25 years, CMHS has worked to develop and implement behavioral health treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for Americans with mental disorders and addictions.  Our work will soon get a bigger boost with the appointment of child and adolescent psychiatrist, Justine Larson, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S. as our new Senior Medical Advisor. Dr. […]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In the United States, non-medical prescription opioid use is a major public health concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that opioids, including prescription medications and heroin, killed more than 30,000 Americans in 2015. Almost half of those deaths involved prescription medication. To address this crisis, states have exercised a number of […]

Monday, May 15, 2017

The United States had seen decades of continually declining mortality rates, as advances in health care and safety have allowed us to live longer. This century, however, mortality rates among certain demographic and socioeconomic groups have increased. A recent study attributes this uptick to what the authors call “deaths of despair,” which are drug and […]