Finding a path out of homelessness

Between federal, state, and local programs, and with the support of community and faith-based services, there are a range of services to help people experiencing homelessness with behavioral health disorders.  Still, one does not have to look far to find people who are not aware of available services and how to access them. These services […]

Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start!

The human mind is one of the most complex structures in the universe.  Even in early infancy, it is capable of taking in a wide variety of inputs.  Still, in our early years, we’ve only unlocked a small portion of its potential.  Our brains actually continue to develop into our twenties.  Accordingly, the U.S. Government […]

Continuing to Serve

“We cannot forget that a mind occupies the body of every person we deploy.” -Admiral Michael Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff In or out of uniform, many service members return home to communities where they continue to lead and contribute. For some military personnel, returning home can be challenging. And the […]

Is the Next Treatment Breakthrough under our Noses?

To promote recovery and treatment of people with   serious mental illnesses, the health care community must foster innovation in treatment and resources.  We are making great strides with interventions  such as Coordinated Specialty Care for early intervention in psychosis.  Medications are a critical part of treatment and recovery for many persons, especially those with Serious […]

New and Expanded Initiatives to Promote America’s Mental Health

According to data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 4.0 percent of American adults have a serious mental illness.  This includes people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, and other illnesses that have been classified as serious.  To help improve the lives of people living with a serious mental illness, SAMHSA’s […]

Does a Digital Lifestyle Affect our Mental Health?

In many ways, the latest technology makes our lives better.  A single device that acts like a phone, computer, camera, and a map now fits in our pockets. While we’ve grown accustomed to it, there is growing concern that too much technology may be hurting us. As noted in a recent blog post, young people […]

Strengthening Families through Hope and Help at the 2016 Voice Awards

At SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event in May, I had the opportunity to speak with the event’s honorary chairperson, Reid Ewing. If you’re a fan of the television show “Modern Family,” you may recognize him as Dylan, the former boyfriend of one of the show’s main characters. At the event, Reid bravely […]

Can Technology Improve our Mental Health?

While some modern technology may have a negative affect our mental health, other technologies show promise for improving mental health. The mobile app industry along with virtual reality may prove to be a crucial component for the future of mental health. Many patients are able to take advantage of technology that allows them to schedule […]

We Must Turn the Tide on Youth Depression

Depression among youth is a serious problem that is becoming more widespread. According to SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), depression is increasing among young adults and adolescents. The NSDUH found that the percentage of youth aged 18-25 who reported a major depressive episode in the previous year increased from […]