National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, and their mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, and it offers extensive resources to support mental health awareness.
Mental Health America: (2019) The State of Mental Health in America provides detailed data from a variety of federal agencies and other sources to graphically display a snapshot of mental health.
SAMHSA: (2017) The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is a primary source for population-based prevalence estimates of substance use and mental health indicators in the United States.
National Council for Behavioral Health: (March 2017) The Psychiatric Shortage: Causes and Solutions highlights key problem areas, identifies the root causes and effects, evaluates risks with current trends, identifies specific innovative solutions, and lists actionable recommendations for implementation.
Vital Minds, the PA Foundation’s podcast series, features mental health in:
- Healthcare Provider Burnout with Nelae Keene, PA-C, and Jay Somers, PA-C (co-sponsored by the nccPA Health Foundation)
- Addressing Addiction in PA Practice with Gianni Migliaccio, PA-C
- Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder with Christopher Ortiz, PA-C, EMT-P
- Mental Health First Aid with Susan Salahshor, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
- Mood Disorders and Depression with Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC
The SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment in the United States for addiction and mental health problems.
Mental Health First Aid teaches risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is dedicated to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States. Check out their knowledge base, apps for parents, and more.
The Campaign to Change Direction supports a change in America so that all of those in need receive the mental health care and support they deserve.
SAMHSA’s suicide prevention resources, including screening and assessment tools as well as population-specific toolkits, help identify persons at risk for suicide and offer resources to help.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is supported by a SAMHSA grant and is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The Center provides technical assistance, training, and other resources to increase the knowledge and expertise of professionals serving people at risk for suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention raises awareness, funds science-based research, and assists those affected by suicide. Check out their Three Year Strategic Plan that aims to reduce the amount of suicides in the U.S.
The Providers Clinical Support System was created by SAMHSA for the purpose of educating primary care providers on the treatment of opioid use disorders and chronic pain. Their website offers a wide array of training materials and educational resources, as well as free MAT Waiver Training specifically for PAs that offers up to 24 Category 1 CME credits.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers additional tools and resources for medical and health professionals looking for more information on addiction medicine. Check their meeting and events page regularly so you don’t miss out on an informative webinar or educational conference!
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has a comprehensive public health framework that specifically addresses the opioid crisis.
Surgeon General (2016): Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and related consequences. Additionally,take a look at the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdoses.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Information and references presented here are intended solely for the general information of the reader.