Mental Health Resources
Resources To Help Others Deal with Loss and Grief
(Posted 12/15/12) In response to the recent shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT, which resulted in the death of 20 children, NAPNAP has available resources for nurse practitioners and other health care providers to share with parents, teachers, students, children and teens to help cope with loss and grief. A few of the many handouts that are available:
- How Can I Help My Child Deal with Loss and Grief?
- Information for Teens About Coping with Loss and Grief
- What Can I Do to Help Myself Deal with Loss and Grief?
- How Parents Can Help Children and Teens Cope with Loss and Grief
NAPNAP Resources to Help Others Deal with Loss and Grief - Now Available in Spanish!
(Posted 12/15/12) NAPNAP has available resources for nurse practitioners and other health care providers to share with parents, teachers, students, children and teens to help cope with loss and grief and they are now available in Spanish. A few of the many handouts available in Spanish:
- How Can I Help My Child Deal with Loss and Grief? (Spanish)
- Information for Teens About Coping with Loss and Grief (Spanish)
- What Can I Do to Help Myself Deal with Loss and Grief? (Spanish)
- How Parents Can Help Children and Teens Cope with Loss and Grief (Spanish)
CMS Releases State Health Official Letter Regarding Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity in CHIP and Medicaid
(Posted 11/6/09) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a State Health Official (SHO) letter to provide general guidance to States on the implementation of mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) State plans, as required by section 502 of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), Public Law 111-3. This letter also provides preliminary guidance to the extent that mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements apply to State Medicaid programs. Click here to read the full letter.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Knowledge Path
(Posted 7/14/09) The Maternal and Child Health Library released a new edition of the knowledge path, Autism Spectrum Disorders. The knowledge path points to current resources about screening for autism spectrum disorders, diagnosis, treatment and intervention, communication, education, vocational challenges, and impact on family life. Separate sections present resources that address early identification, early intervention and education, concerns about vaccines, environmental health research, and inappropriate use of seclusion and restraints. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_autism.html. Knowledge paths on other maternal and child health (MCH) topics are available at http://mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/index.html.
Postpartum Depression Screening at Well-Child Visits
(Posted 6/1/09) A study in the June2009 edition of the journal Pediatrics examines the feasibility of screening for maternal depression as a standard part of well-child care, and looks at the prevalence and incidence of maternal depression at well-child visits during the first six months of life. Providers in an adolescent-oriented maternity program were cued electronically when they opened electronic medical records of 0-6 month old infants, to screen the mothers for postpartum depression. The study authors found that electronic cueing improved providers' compliance with screening for depression. In addition, screening two months after delivery detects most mothers who become depressed during the first six months postpartum. To access the study online, go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/123/6/e982.
Structured Assessment Better for Detecting Pediatric Suicidality
(Posted 5/6/09) Clinicians who used a structured interview and assessment were better able to detect suicidality and self-harm in pediatric patients, compared with using a simpler two-question evaluation. The researchers say up to 1 in 4 adolescents has suicide ideation and from 2% to 12% have attempted suicide. Go to http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/586528 to read the full story.
NAPNAP’s KySS(SM) Guide Included in New MCH Library Knowledge Path: Children and Adolescents with Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges
(Posted 11/5/07) NAPNAP's KySS Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion is highlighted in the new knowledge path, Children and Adolescents with Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges. This electronic resource guide taps into the health, education, social services, and juvenile justice literature to present current, high-quality resources on the topic. The knowledge path was produced by the MCH Library to complement the knowledge path, Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents. The new path identifies tools for staying abreast of developments in mental health care and for conducting further research. Separate sections contain resources for families and schools and resources about specific emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. View the knowledge path online at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_Mental_Conditions.html.
Current knowledge paths on other maternal and child health topics are available online at http://mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/index.html.
Fact Sheets on Youth Suicide
(Posted 10/25/07) The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center recently published two fact sheets highlighting data gathered from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). Click to view the Youth Suicide Fact Sheet and Youth Suicide Student Status.
NAPNAP KySS(SM) Resources for health care providers, families, parents, children, and teens
(Posted 4/18/07) In response to the recent campus shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech on Monday, April 16th, NAPNAP's Keep your children/yourself Safe and Secure (KySSSM) Program has available resources for nurse practitioners and other health care providers to share with parents, teachers, students, children and teens to help cope with loss and grief. A few of the many KySS handouts that are available: Information for Teens about Coping with Loss and Grief, How Can I Help Myself Deal with Loss and Grief?, How Parents Can Help Children/Teens to Cope with Loss and Grief, How Can I Help My Child Deal With Loss and Grief?, Information for Helping Children, Teens, and Their Families Cope with War and/or Terrorism, and Information for Parents on How to Raise a Nonviolent Child. The KySS Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion offers a variety of KySS Handouts for families, parents, children, and teens on CD-ROM. For additional information on the KySS Guide, click here. For ordering information, click here.
Toolkit on Social &Emotional Child Development - Now available in Spanish!
A Spanish-language resource is helping families and service providers from a range of disciplines as they support the social and emotional development of children. "What to Expect & When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers," now available in Spanish, was developed by Bright Futures at Georgetown University and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Each of the four tools included spotlights a developmental stage - infancy, early child hood, middle childhood and adolescence - providing information about development and parenting, as well as tips on when, where and how to seek help. Also included is a tool to help service providers create a referral network. To access this toolkit in both Spanish and English, go to http://www.brightfutures.org/tools/index.html.