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Volume 3, Issue 7                                                                                                                            November 2014
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NIMH Creates New Unit to Support Its Research Domain Criteria Initiative; RDOC Framework Will Help Guide the Classification of Patients in Clinical Studies
A new NIH effort will facilitate communication among scientists, clinicians, and the public to reframe mental health research, from diagnosis to treatment. The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) unit was recently established by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to support the development of the institute's RDoC initiative. The aim of the RDoC initiative is to accelerate the pace of research that translates basic science into clinical settings by understanding the multi-layered systems that contribute to mental function. The RDoC approach emphasizes neurodevelopment and environmental effects, in keeping with modern views about the genesis of mental disorders. 









'Clinical Trials and You' Site Uses 'Front Porch' Approach

This NIH Record article describes the NIH's Clinical Research and You website, which includes videos of individuals involved in clinical research are fascinating. This site puts clinical research into familiar terms, and offers resources for potential participants to explore clinical research.   








 Blog: Support for Colleges to Assess and Enhance Mental Health Programming

This blog post describes a new program developed through a partnership between the Jed Foundation and the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Health Matters Initiative to address two national health issues that are affecting college campuses across the country: mental health and substance abuse issues among college students.  




Depression in Mothers: More Than Blues
This resource equips providers with information and strategies for use in working with mothers who may be depressed. It includes facts about depression; screening tools for more serious depression; and referrals, resources, and handouts for mothers who are depressed. 
Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What the Research Tells Us
SAMHSA has released a recording of the webinar, Understanding the Connection between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What Research Tells Us. This is the first in a two-part series that examines current research findings on the connections between substance abuse and suicide. The webinar also highlights particular factors that contribute to both issues, as well as strategies to address them in a coordinated way.   
Mobilizing Partnerships and Resources to Address Substance Abuse and Suicide
The second in a two-part series, this webinar was designed to prepare practitioners to work across disciplines to address substance abuse and suicide. Participants explored the essential ingredients of effective collaboration, and learned about some of the innovative ways practitioners are working together to prevent these related problems.  




SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
This resource describes a concept of trauma-informed care and offers a framework for how an organization, system, or service sector can become trauma-informed by integrating the perspectives of researchers, practitioners, and people with lived experience of trauma.



See NIMH updates for much more information on new blogs, videos and other resources.








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