May 2020 – Mental Health Month Toolkit
Mental Health America has produced a toolkit to promote May 2020 as Mental Health Month.
The toolkit is available at: https://mhanational.org/mental-health-month-2020-toolkit-download
The following is an introductory message from Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America:
May is Mental Health Month, and it has never been more important than this year.
Until now, there were still some people who believed that mental health wasn’t everyone’s concern. They thought that our annual mental health resources – even though they were shared with millions – were aimed at just a small group of people – the one in five who have a mental health concern in any given year.
That isn’t the case today. Just weeks ago, we had no idea that all our worlds were going to be turned upside down by the coronavirus. Or that the associated worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety would be something that literally everyone – all five in five – would experience.
We always intended to focus MHA’s Mental Health Month toolkit this year on resiliency, offering tools to thrive at any time. We now believe that these tools – even those that we all may have to adapt for the short term because of social distancing – will be more useful than ever. But we’re also offering something more.
There is bonus material in the toolkit specifically focused on the coronavirus, and how we can all work together to support our mental health in the face of uncertainty.
In addition, we will be adding additional resources as the weeks go by, leading up to Mental Health Month.
Meanwhile, let’s keep two things front and center:
First, mental health screening is essential during times of stress. We have set an ambitious goal of a million mental health screens in May. Take a screen. And tell your friends to take a screen, too. It is more important than ever to take care of our mental health.
Second, it is important to look forward and to focus on what we need to do to thrive in uncertain times. And the tools in this year’s toolkit will also help us do just that.
May you stay safe and well!
New Resource – April 21, 2020
April 16, 2020
Best Practices for Telehealth
The National Council for Behavioral Health has released a document entitled, “Best Practices for Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” – Updated March 23, 2020
This document is attached and can be accessed at the following link:
For technical assistance, contact the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC), headed by the Indiana Rural Health Association. which provides clinical and technical assistance services within Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.
You can call UMTRC at (855) 283-3734 or visit their website at:
WIU Creates COVID-19 Map to Monitor Cases in Illinois
According to a 3-21-20 news release from Western Illinois University, the WIU EAGIS Department and GIS Center have created a stateside COVID-19 web map to monitor reported cases in Illinois.
The map highlights counties where cases have been reported and symbolizes the number of cases. By using a web environment, the map can be rapidly distributed and users can pan and zoom around the map to focus on particular areas of the map.
Data at the county level are reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health and respective agencies in states bordering Illinois.
The news release contains a hotlink to the map.
New Resource – March 17, 2020
Our thanks to Sharon Dornberg-Lee at CJE Senior Life for sharing the following resource with our members:
“Mental Health Considerations during the COVID-19 Outbreak.” published by the World Health Organization, on March 6, 2020.
Resources for Social Activities at Home – March 17, 2020
ICMHA thanks Sharon Dornberg-Lee, Clinical Supervisor with CJE Senior Life for sharing the following message and resources:
“It’s important to continue to enjoy daily life as much as possible when spending more time at home. Here is a list of free activities that can be enjoyed from home during the Coronavirus outbreak. Most require a computer or smartphone, but one can be enjoyed via any type of telephone, as indicated.”
SOCIAL ISOLATION AMONG OLDER ADULTS
Loneliness Self-Assessment Checklist – Illinois Department on Aging
Illinois Aging Network Addresses Social Isolation among Older Adults – by Mike O’Donnell
NATIONAL OLDER ADULT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY 2019
- Advocacy (Maryland Coalition for Mental Health and Aging)
- Position Statement 35: Aging Well: Policy (Mental Health America)
- Family Caregivers Briefcase (American Psychological Association)
- Family Caregiving and Public Policy: Principles for Change (National Alliance for Caregiving)
- NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults (National Association of Social Workers)
- VA Caregiver Support (U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs)
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE
- What Mental Health Providers Should Know About Working with Older Adults (American Psychological Association)
- Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action (Institute of Medicine)
- Healthy Brain Initiative (CDC)
- Multicultural Counseling Competencies and Standards (American Counseling Association)
- Multicultural Competency in Geropsychology (American Psychological Association)
- National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Older Persons Division (NASMHPD OPD) Language Guidelines
- Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (National Association of Social Workers)
- 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures (Alzheimer’s Association)
- 2015 Recommendations of the Public Members of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services (DHHS)
- Principles of Care for Patients With Dementia Resulting From Alzheimer Disease (American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry)
- Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions (American Psychological Association)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Elder Abuse (National Council on Aging)
- Health and Psychosocial Needs of LGBT Older Adults (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America; ACRIA)
- Medicare and Your Mental Health Benefits (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
- Behavioral Health (National Council on Aging)
- “Bring Change 2 Mind” (the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, Fountain House, and International Mental Health Research Organization)
- Community Integration for Older Adults with Mental Illnesses: Overcoming Barriers and Seizing Opportunities (SAMHSA)
- Depression in Older Adults Fact Sheet (Mental Health America)
- Good Mental Health is Ageless (SAMHSA)
- Meeting the Mental Health Challenges of the Elder-Boom (Geriatric Mental Health Alliance on of New York)
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR PROFESSIONALS & AFRICAN AMERICAN OLDER ADULTS
- BEAM (Black Emotional And Mental Health)- a training, movement-building, and grant-making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
- BEAM offers tool-kits, consumer education, professional training, and access to a Black Virtual Therapist Network. For more information visit their website.
- Fact Sheet on African American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress published by the American Psychological Association; Download here.
- Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation maintains a Directory of Mental Health Providers and Programs serving the African American Community. To access this Directory, visit this link.
- Caregiver Intervention Database (Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving)
- Healthy IDEAS and PEARLS: evidence-based community programs for depression identification and management
- Get Connected! Toolkit: Linking Older Adults with Medication, Alcohol and Mental Health Resources (SAMHSA, AoA and National Council on Aging)
- Older Americans Behavioral Health Issue Brief Series (SAMHSA, AoA/ACL, NCoA)
- Promoting Older Adult Health: Aging Network Partnerships to Address Medication, Alcohol and Mental Health Problems (SAMHSA, AoA and NCOA)
- Depression and Suicide in Older Adults Resource Guide (American Psychological Association)
- Disaster Preparedness Guide for Older Americans (Department of Elder Affairs State of Florida)
- Psychosocial Issues for Older Adults in Disasters (SAMHSA/CMHS) Publication
- PTSD and Older Veterans (VA National Center for PTSD)
TRAUMATIC BRAIN DISORDERS
- The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands (Institute of Medicine)
- Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-being (Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics)
- Quality of Life (OWL)
- Benefits Check Up (National Council on Aging)
- Older Adult Technical Assistance Center (Administration for Community Living)