In 2015, the National Center for Health Statistics found that in the U.S. alone, 9.8 million adults endorsed having serious suicidal thoughts, and 1.3 million adults reported a suicide attempt during the past year (World Health Organization). Suicide experts advocate for restricting access to lethal means as an effective strategy to reduce suicide rates. In this blog, I plan to review the efficacy of reducing access to various lethal means.
Blog posts with the tag "Data"
Stigma is relative, socially and culturally determined, and dynamic. Consequently, stigma is a difficult concept to operationally define. This is important because definitions shape and directly impact efforts to research and reduce stigma. In 2014, the RAND National Defense Research Institute published an extensive assessment of stigma-reduction strategies within the DoD (Acosta et al., 2014).
The percentage of U.S. religious congregation which provide "some type of programming to support people with mental illness," according to a new article in the journal Psychiatric Services, Prevalence and Predictors of Mental Health Programming Among U.S. Religious Congregations.
The percentage of the Veteran population in VA care in FY13 who had no mental health diagnoses, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- National Veteran Health Equity Report, which "details patterns and provides comparative rates of health conditions for vulnerable Veteran groups."
Are you a director charged with managing and optimizing a clinic, program, or department? Have you developed a program to address a specific need in the field of behavioral health and need evidence of its effectiveness to share with stakeholders? Are you a provider interested in tracking and improving the outcomes of your clinic or caseload? A yes to any or all of the questions suggests that you are in a position to benefit from standardized and methodologically sound program evaluation. That may sound like a daunting prospect, particularly since you are likely busy with the day-to-day tasks of running your clinic, program, practice, etc. But with the correct information and resources, an effective and successful evaluation of any size program is achievable.