NIMH Update

NIMH Update

Prepared by NIMH’s Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison, the Update provides the latest mental health-related science news, resources, and grant opportunities available from across Federal government. The Update is delivered via e-mail twice a month and compiles:

  • new research findings of interest;
  • Federal grant opportunities;
  • Federal calls for public input;
  • materials, reports, and other tools that help targeted audiences gain a better understanding of mental illnesses; and
  • Federal government mental health related meetings, conferences, and online presentations.

See content summaries and links to recent issues below. Visit the archives on the NIMH website to view previous issues.

NIMH Update September 15, 2018

  • Daily use of marijuana among non-college young adults at all-time high
  • Event registration opens for national drug & alcohol facts week
  • VA marks suicide prevention month in September with ‘be there’ campaign
  • Initiative urges communities to support at-risk Veterans through simple actions
  • CDC’s national violent death reporting system now includes all 50 states
  • NIOSH launches new framework to tackle opioid crisis in the workplace
  • SAMHSA awards $215.2 million to support justice-involved individuals who have substance use or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders
  • SAMHSA’s annual mental health, substance use data provide roadmap for future action
  • HHS awards nearly $60 million to support community health centers impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
  • HHS awards $21 million to support health center participation in NIH’s all of us research program
  • FDA approves new dosage strength of buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film as maintenance treatment for opioid dependence

NIMH Update September 1, 2018

  • Researchers identify key brain circuits for reward-seeking and avoidance behavior
  • HHS awards $125 million to support community health center quality improvement
  • One in four U.S. adults live with a disability; cognitive disability most common in younger adults; mobility disability most common for others
  • CMS announces new model to address impact of the opioid crisis for children

NIMH Update August 15, 2018

  • A shorter—but effective—treatment for PTSD: Study finds written exposure therapy may be as effective as a lengthier first-line intervention
  • Inflammation in pregnant moms linked to child’s brain development
  • New toolkit offers ways to evaluate suicide prevention efforts in arctic communities
  • “Covert” neurofeedback tunes-up the social brain in ASD
  • Notification of patient overdose deaths reduces clinician opioid prescriptions
  • The number of women with opioid use disorder at labor and delivery quadrupled from 1999-2014

NIMH Update July 15, 2018

  • Predicting suicide attempts and suicide deaths using electronic health records
  • Understanding critical components of the brain’s stress circuitry
  • Targeted e-health HIV intervention reduces STIS and sexual risk behaviors
  • New clinician screening tool available for substance use
  • NIH-funded scientists put socioeconomic data on the map
  • Study casts doubt on effectiveness of e-cigs for smoking cessation
  • Aimed at suicide prevention, VA shares winners of its ‘Gun Safety Matters Challenge

NIMH Update July 1, 2018

  • Intervention shows promise for treating depression in preschool-aged children
  • Therapy reduces risk in suicidal youth
  • NIMH releases updates to its RDoC framework
  • Training module now available for acute pain management in hospitalized adults
  • Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
  • NIH-funded study finds new evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease
  • SAMHSA announces $930 million funding opportunity to combat the opioid crisis
  • SAMHSA accepting applications for up to $50 million to help tribes address opioid crisis
  • VA releases national suicide data report
  • FDA approves first generic versions of suboxone sublingual film, which may increase access to treatment for opioid dependence

NIMH Update June 15, 2018

  • Suicide rates rising across the U.S.
  • Delay in HIV treatment associated with brain atrophy
  • NIH leadership outlines interdisciplinary FY2018 research plan for HEAL Initiative
  • Full survey of annual teen drug use now available with additional data
  • Special journal issue highlights ABCD brain study
  • NIH launches HerbList,a mobile app on herbal products
  • SAMHSA announces $196 million funding opportunity for opioid treatment grants to hardest-hit states and tribes
  • SAMHSA publishes updated toolkit to help prevent opioid overdoses
  • Fewer U.S. high school students having sex, using drugs