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Science News About Prevention of Mental Disorders

Embracing the SPIRIT of reducing suicide

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NIMH, NIH, and the National Institute of Justice are collaborating on a 4-year, $6.8 million study called Suicide Prevention for at-Risk Individuals in Transition or “SPIRIT.” The study focuses on the high-risk individuals who are transitioning from jail to community. SPIRIT is NIMH’s first major investment in suicide prevention in the justice system.

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Personalized Screen to ID Suicidal Teens in 14 ERs

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A new study will develop and test a personalized, computer-based suicide risk screening tool to help ERs identify troubled teenagers.

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Healthy People 2020 Webinar

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Healthy People 2020 Webinar: Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Bullying Prevention

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NIH experts Drs. Chris Sarampote and Valerie Maholmes discuss bullying prevention.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Suicide Prevention

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To commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2013, NIMH will host a twitter chat on the topic.

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Jane Pearson Talks About Suicide Prevention Research on NPR’s Science Friday

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NIMH scientist Dr. Jane Pearson appeared on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss the latest findings in suicide prevention research.

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NAB Unveils Youth Mental Health Awareness Campaign

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On Tuesday, July 23, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) launched “OK2Talk,” a mental health awareness campaign to increase understanding and awareness about mental health in youth. The campaign includes television and radio ads in English and Spanish that feature teens and young adults opening up about their experiences with mental health.

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NIH Study Shows People with Serious Mental Illnesses Can Lose Weight

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Losing weight is challenging for everyone. It can be particularly difficult for someone with a serious mental illness. An NIMH-funded clinical study proves that a modified diet and exercise program can work for people with serious mental illnesses. Participants lost 7 pounds more than controls—and continued to lose weight.

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Precursor Symptoms to Autism Detected in 6-Month-Old Infants

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Some autism symptoms can be seen in 6-month-old infants, possibly leading to even earlier intervention for this disorder.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the State of Mental Health Care in the United States

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discusses state of U.S. mental health care, commemorates JFK’s speech on the topic 50 years ago.

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