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Volume 3, Issue 3                                                                                                                                  July 2, 2014
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If you haven't discovered Inside NIMH and you're a researcher, now is the time. Inside NIMH is published in conjunction with each meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council, and provides the latest on NIMH science, funding, and mental health research.

Here's a look at the table of contents:

  1. Message from the NIMH Director
    • New Priorities
    • Budget Overview
    • NIMH Program Updates
    • From Science to Service
    • NIMH Staff Awards
  2. Director's Highlights: NIMH Scientists and Science
    • Grantee Awards
    • Notable NIMH Grants
  3. New Announcements about Funding Opportunities
    • NIMH-administered Requests for Applications
    • NIMH-collaborative Requests for Applications
  4. Future Research Directions
    • Concept Clearances for Potential New Research Initiatives
    • NIMH-sponsored Meetings
  5. Update on Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Activities
  6. Research Training and Career Development
  7. Director's Blog
  8. NIMH Science Updates
  9. Connect with NIMH




What Goes on in the Adolescent Brain? 

In recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 8, 2014, parents gathered at Suburban Hospital's auditorium in Bethesda, MD, to hear the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Jay N. Giedd, M.D., chief of the Unit on Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch, talk about the developing adolescent brain. The discussion was hosted and moderated by FasterCures.


Many free publications and video available at: NIMH website




Crisis Services:  Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Funding Strategies
This guide summarizes the evidence base on the clinical and cost effectiveness of different types of crisis services, and presents cases studies of different approaches states are using to coordinate, consolidate, and blend funding sources to provide robust crisis services.  


New Webpages on Families and Trauma

These new webpages on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) website defines the impact of trauma from a family systems perspective and links to a wide range of resources to create family-informed responses to trauma expo­sure and intervention.











PTSD Myths Hurt you, Career

Some myths carry greater consequences than others. Myths about what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is, who it affects, why one might have it, and what can be done are unfortunately, common and harmful. Not being able to distinguish between fact and fiction can be the difference between living with hope and promise and living with despair for someone with the diagnosis. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) blog post dispels common myths about PTSD.



Is This Behavior Normal? 5 Tips for Concerned Military Spouse 

The DCoE blog post provides tips for military spouses concerned about a loved one's mental health.



New Label Videos and Animated GIF Bring the Words of Teens to Life launched two new videos and an animated GIF that address the issue of labels and how words can do harm. This project is a result of regular engagement and collaboration with teens, one of the main audiences for




New Mobile App Offers a Lift up for Your Down Days

This Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) blog post describes the new mobile app, Virtual Hope Box, developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2). It's based on a physical hope box some clinicians use with their patients - a collection of things they find soothing, reminders of good times and their achievements, and items that help them feel worthwhile or give them hope. The mobile app is a more portable and private version of a hope box.




NIDA Offers Tools for Talking to Teens About Marijuana

Two updated booklets about marijuana for teens and their parents will help families sort out marijuana myths from science-base facts. 


NIAAA Spectrum Magazine: Alcohol Blackouts and Treatment Options for Problem Drinking

NIAAA Spectrum is an online Webzine published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It features the latest news from the alcohol research field, storytelling graphics, and interviews with NIAAA staff and researchers from the field. The latest issue addresses alcohol blackouts and treatment options for problem drinking.



CDC Mobile App

The CDC mobile application puts health information at the user's fingertips. It features important health articles, disease of the week, popular journals, prevention tips, and updates timed with important health concerns and events throughout the year. The app provides easy access to social media so anyone can share stories, links, podcasts, and videos with friends and family. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows 8 tablets.



Quit Smoking for Older Adults

A new web resource from, Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, and strategies for older smokers who want to or are thinking of quitting.


Online Lecture: Clinically Relevant Herb-Drug Interactions: Past, Present, and Future

This online lecture hosted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine presents research on factors that contribute to the risk for herb-drug interactions; mechanisms involved in herb-drug interactions; and how new technologies in supplements and drugs may impact herb-drug interactions. View the lecture and earn CME/CEU. 


Addressing Spirituality in HealthCare

This resource includes a discussion on the importance of addressing the spiritual domain of wellness as a critical piece to recovery and offers six steps to address spirituality in healthcare.






Webinar: Strategies and Innovations in Using Cans-Trauma and Fans-Trauma in Practice

July 24, 2014, 1:00 PM ET

In this NCTSN Using Trauma Assessment Tools to Guide Practice webinar, presenters will discuss how to implement the assessment tools, Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Family Assessment of Needs and Strength (FANS), into a provider's everyday practice.


Webinar: The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports

July 24, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

This final webinar in SAMHSA Girls Matter! series on girls' behavioral health will explore the principles of youth development and what girls say they need for ongoing recovery. Participants will gain new ideas and resources for empowering and supporting girls in their recovery. 




September 2014


The theme of the 25th anniversary of Recovery Month highlights the theme "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out" and encourages people to openly discuss-or speak up about-mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. The observance also promotes ways first responders, faith leaders, youth and young adults, and policymakers can recognize these issues and intervene-or reach out to help others, as well as themselves. 

MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH: News You Can Use! is produced by the SC CTSI Community Engagement program. For questions or information, please contact Holly Kiger, RN, MN, CNS.