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May/June 2009, Volume 17, Number 3 

Women’s Mental Health: Taking Action

New Publications Inform Consumers, Practitioners

Two new publications—one for consumers and one for practitioners—focus on raising awareness of women’s mental health. Developed by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the publications are available through SAMHSA’s Health Information Network. (See box.)

cover of Women’s Mental Health for consumers - click to view publication

“In releasing this report, our hope is that policymakers, health care providers, researchers, and others will come together, follow our recommendations, and take action so that we can promote change and support progress to improve women’s mental health,” said Wanda K. Jones, Dr.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Women’s Health) and Director of the OWH.

For Consumers

Women’s Mental Health: What It Means to You. This consumer booklet addresses the stigma associated with mental health, with information on the signs and symptoms of mental illness.

The publication also provides suggestions for support and solutions for preventing and coping with mental illness. (Publication number: OWH09-CONSUMER)

For Mental Health Professionals

Action Steps for Improving Women’s Mental Health (Action Steps). This report brings together the most recent research, resources, products, and tools on mental health issues in women and explores the role gender plays in diagnosing, treating, and coping with mental illness. The publication also points to resilience and social support systems as key factors in overcoming mental illness.

cover of Women’s Mental Health for professionals - click to view publication

Specific action steps are outlined for policymakers, health care providers, researchers, and others to take in an effort to address the burden of mental illness on women’s lives and increase their capacity for recovery. (Publication number: OWH09-PROFESSIONAL)

Sponsored by the OWH, the report was developed in collaboration with women’s health and mental health experts from SAMHSA, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Office of Minority Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Indian Health Service, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Office of the Surgeon General.

"By working together we have an unprecedented opportunity to address the impact of mental illnesses on women’s lives and increase the capacity for recovery" -- Kathryn Power, Director, Center for Mental Health Services

“By working together we have an unprecedented opportunity to address the impact of mental illnesses on women’s lives and increase the capacity for recovery,” said A. Kathryn Power, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

TO ORDER

Online. It’s easy to order free copies of these two publications online, download them in PDF or HTML formats, or simply read them online. Visit SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services Web site.

By Phone. To order these free publications by phone, call SAMHSA’s Health Information Network toll-free at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 or 1-877-726-4727.

For more information on these publications or other women’s health issues, visit the Office on Women’s Health.

For more on substance abuse treatment, prevention, or mental health issues, visit SAMHSA’s Web site.





President’s Budget

President’s Budget

FY2010 Budget sustains critical programs.


  Treatment Improvement  
   Protocols  
Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

From CSAT, TIP 50 offers guidance to substance abuse counselors on how to help clients who may be in crisis.


  Medication-Assisted Treatment  
Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Specific guidance for nurses and nurse care managers.

Methadone Safety

Methadone Safety

Safe use of methadone, a medication for opioid addiction, is the focus of a new campaign.


  Data on Depression  
MDE and Youth

MDE and Youth

In 2007, 2 million adolescents had a major depressive episode.

MDE and Adults

More than 16 million adults struggle with depression.


  Focus on Children  
Mental Health Awareness Day

Mental Health Awareness Day

Eight young people take center stage in a celebration of the arts as a way to cope with mental health problems. Photo Gallery.

Data on Children, Parents, Drugs

More than 8.3 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or drugs during the past year.


  Women’s Behavioral Health  
Mental Health Publications

Mental Health Publications

“Action Steps” for professionals and “What It Means To You” for consumers are available to order.

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

How much are alcohol and drugs used during pregnancy and after childbirth?


  Recovery Month  
20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

With a few months to go, the Recovery Month Web site offers flyers, banners, and more.


  Also in this Issue  
PRISM Awards

PRISM Awards

Celebrating excellence in Hollywood. Photo Gallery.

ADDERALL® & College Students

ADDERALL® & College Students

Full-time college students are twice as likely to use Adderall® nonmedically.

Real Warriors Campaign

Real Warriors Campaign

Helping service members break through stigma to ask for help.



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