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Alternative Approaches

Hearing Voices External Web Site Policy.

Madness Radio: Voices and Visions From Outside Mental Health External Web Site Policy.

Peer Run Crisis Respite External Web Site Policy.

The Icarus Project External Web Site Policy.

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Bipolar Disorder

Metabolic and endocrine comorbidity impacts bipolar disorder outcome endocrine_comorbidity_impacts_bipolar_disorder_outcome_.html External Web Site Policy.

Pharmaceutical Research: Epilepsy drugs do not appear to increase suicide risk in patients with bipolar disorder

Self-management strategies important in bipolar disorder bipolar_disorder.html External Web Site Policy.

Medical comorbidity in bipolar disorder: Implications for functional outcomes and health service utilization External Web Site Policy.

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Chronic Disease

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program External Web Site Policy.

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Cognitive Function

Exercises for Mental Wellness. Couldn't We All Benefit?

Mood 24/7
Mood 24/7 was developed by HealthCentral based on technology licensed exclusively from Johns Hopkins University to help you track your daily mood. External Web Site Policy.

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Chronic Illness Costs the Economy More Than $1 Trillion a Year External Web Site Policy.

Comorbidity of medical illnesses among adults with serious mental illnesses who are receiving community psychiatric services

Mentally Ill Have Higher Odds Of Developing Brain, Lung Cancers External Web Site Policy.

Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illnesses Technical%20Report%20on%20Morbidity%20and%20Mortaility%20-%20Final%2011-06.pdf [PDF - 1094 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

U.S. Slipping in Life Expectancy Rankings AR2007081200113.html External Web Site Policy.

American Psychiatric Association Chart: “Comorbidity High in Seriously Mentally Ill” External Web Site Policy.

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Antidepressant Medicines: A Guide for Adults with Depression ConsumerGuide.pdf [PDF - 231 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Healthcare Utilization and Care Project: Hospitalization Stays Related to Depression, 2005 [PDF - 175 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Hospitalizations for Patients with Depression on the Increase External Web Site Policy.

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Well Balanced: 8 Steps to Wellness for Adults with Mental Illness and Diabetes

Women and Diabetes WomensHealthTopics/ucm117969.htm

American Diabetes Association External Web Site Policy.

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Drug Safety

PsychCentral Medication Library External Web Site Policy.

FDA fact sheet

FDA brochure

FDA brochure

FDA Safe Use Initiative
[PDF - 916 Kb]

FDA Safe Use Initiative: Opportunities for Collaboration

FDA Guide to Food & Drug Interaction BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/EnsuringSafeUseofMedicine/ GeneralUseofMedicine/UCM229033.pdf [PDF - 1174 Kb]

Su medicamento: Infórmese. Evite riesgos. (Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe.)

Avoiding Medication Mistakes

FDA 101: Medication Errors [PDF - 358 Kb]

Expiration Dates Matter

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Your Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA

Medication Guides

¡Nunca Más!
The ¡Nunca Más! video novelas follow the experiences of Lourdes and her extended family: Miguel (husband), Michelle (daughter), Eugenio (Michelle’s boyfriend) and Sonia (Lourdes’ best friend). In each of the four episodes, the family experiences a problem caused by medication misuse. Does Lourdes get sick? How will the family handle the challenges? What lessons do they learn?

6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes

Avoiding Drug Interactions

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LearnVest's mission is "to empower people everywhere to take control of their personal finances so that they can afford their dreams."  External Web Site Policy.
"Money and Taxes" financial resources  External Web Site Policy.

Daily Worth
Daily Worth is a community of women who talk money. We deliver practical tips, empowering ideas, and the occasional kick in the pants. External Web Site Policy.

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Health Information

Healthcare 411 News Series from AHRQ

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health™ Web site

Everyday Health External Web Site Policy.

Mental Health America Surveys External Web Site Policy.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Healthy People – Live well. Learn how.

Guide to Various Health Issues
Symptoms, how to talk to your doctor, etc. External Web Site Policy.

Office of Minority Health

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Health Literacy

CDC health literacy resources for providers

AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit [PDF - 3882 Kb]

HRSA Health Literacy

American Sign Language (ASL)—Medicare Basics
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an educational video about the Medicare program in ASL for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The video gives an overview of the Medicare program, including what Medicare is, who qualifies, the four parts (A, B, C and D), new preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, and how to seek help paying Medicare costs. External Web Site Policy.

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Health Reform

Value of prevention debated as part of U.S. health reform: Studies ask: Is prevention cost-effective? External Web Site Policy.

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Heart Health


Cholesterol: Medicines to Help You

Heart Health for Women

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure: Medicines to Help You

Heart Disease A 'Silent Killer' In Patients With Severe Mental Illness
 External Web Site Policy.

Treatment of cardiac risk factors among patients with Schizophrenia and diabetes External Web Site Policy.

Patterns of alcohol consumption and ischaemic heart disease in culturally divergent countries: the Prospective Epidemiological Study of Myocardial Infarction (PRIME) External Web Site Policy.

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Medical Practice Models

Measurement of Health Status for People with Serious Mental Illness (NASMHPD Medical Directors Council) [PDF - 546 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Care Management Improves Physical Health of Patients with Mental Illness _Improves_Physical_Health_of_Patients_with_Mental_Illness.shtml External Web Site Policy.

Studies: When Doctors Take More Responsibility, Care Becomes Cheaper and Better External Web Site Policy.

Behavioral health/primary care integration models, competencies, and infrastructure [PDF - 1745 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Building Bridges: Mental Health Consumers and Primary Health Care Representatives in Dialogue

Developing a service to monitor and improve physical health in people with serious mental illness
 External Web Site Policy.

Framework for health promotion services and for people with psychiatric disabilities External Web Site Policy.

From Silos to Bridges: Meeting The General Health Care Needs of Adults With Severe Mental Illnesses External Web Site Policy.

Get it together: How to integrate physical and mental health care for people with serious mental disorders execsumm.htm External Web Site Policy.

Preventing Chronic Disease

Primary Care Doctors May Overlook Elderly Patients’ Mental Health

Psychiatrists, Seriously Ill Patients Need to Improve Communication External Web Site Policy.

Mind and Body Reunited: Improving Care at the Behavioral and Primary Healthcare Interface [PDF - 393 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Biofeedback Certification Institute of America External Web Site Policy.

Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback External Web Site Policy.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved External Web Site Policy.

International Society for Neuronal Regulation External Web Site Policy.

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Mental Health

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation External Web Site Policy.

Mental Health Woes Remain One Of The Top Reasons For Doctor Visits External Web Site Policy.

Peerslink National Consumer Technical Assistance Center - Mental Health America of Oregon External Web Site Policy.

National Empowerment Center External Web Site Policy.

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-help Clearinghouse External Web Site Policy.

Café TA Center External Web Site Policy.

Mental Health America External Web Site Policy.

Mental Health Consumer-Driven Services Directory External Web Site Policy.

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health External Web Site Policy.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law External Web Site Policy.

Mental Health Peers External Web Site Policy.

Mental Health Recovery and WRAP External Web Site Policy.

National Center for Trauma Informed Care

National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery External Web Site Policy.

Emotional CPR External Web Site Policy.

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Smart Gardener
Smart Gardener is uniquely positioned to give consumers exactly what they need to easily grow their own healthy, organic vegetables. External Web Site Policy.

Because You Asked: Nutrition and Body Weight
Keeping your weight down is not just for looks. Most Americans are aware of the
importance of maintaining a healthy weight. Yet for many, the focus is on the cosmetic benefits of staying trim. Looking good to ourselves, being attractive to others, and fitting into a stylish wardrobe are among the perceived benefits of keeping our weight down. However, the most important benefit is often overlooked—maintaining an optimal weight can prevent or lessen the symptoms of many health problems, especially as we age. External Web Site Policy.

Georgetown University Hospital Diet and Nutrition Assessment External Web Site Policy.

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Obesity, Weight Control, and Physical Activity

Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions Training Projects?Weight Management and Well-being
The project aims to "develop an evidence-based curriculum for improving weight management and wellness, and then train peers and providers to deliver the curriculum in diverse community settings." External Web Site Policy.

Exercise is Medicine External Web Site Policy.

Institutional policy changes aimed at addressing obesity among mental health clients External Web Site Policy.

Metabolic syndrome under-recognized in bipolar disorder External Web Site Policy.

Obesity among those with mental disorders:  A National Institute of Mental Illness meeting report

A Call for Improved Prevention and Reduction of Obesity Among Persons With Serious Mental Illness External Web Site Policy.

Obesity Reduction and Prevention Strategies for Individuals With Serious Mental Illness (NASMHPD Medical Directors Council) [PDF - 17,770 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis es903183r?prevSearch=exercise%2Bin%2Bgreen%2Bspace&searchHistoryKey External Web Site Policy.
See also External Web Site Policy.

Food and mood: New research centers on link between nutrition and brain function new_research_centers_on_the_link_between_nutrition_and_brain_function/?page=2 External Web Site Policy.

Weight Gain Associated with Antipsychotic Drugs External Web Site Policy.

School Nutrition Association External Web Site Policy.

Weight-control Information Network

Advancing the Treatment of People with Mental Illness: A Call to Action in the Management of Metabolic Issues. [PDF - 162 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

American College of Sports Medicines Guidelines for Physical Activity for persons with disabilities

National Recreation and Park Association External Web Site Policy.

American Therapeutic Recreation Association External Web Site Policy.

Schizophrenia & Weight Management: A systematic review of interventions to control weight External Web Site Policy.

European Mental Health Groups Unite To Issue Call To Action On Metabolics In Mental Health External Web Site Policy.

In Sickness and In Wellness External Web Site Policy.

Integrating physical activity into mental health services for persons with serious mental illness External Web Site Policy.

The Association of Depression and Anxiety with Obesity and Unhealthy Behaviors Among Community-Dwelling US Adults

Study Reveals The Mental Health Benefits Of Regular Physical Activity External Web Site Policy.

Even Short Workout Could Extend Life Expectancy External Web Site Policy.

Be Active Your Way [PDF - 1.7 Mb]

Georgetown University Hospital Weight Loss Guide External Web Site Policy.

Georgetown University Hospital Fitness Assessment External Web Site Policy.

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The promise of prevention by John Seffrin & Larry Hausner & Nancy Brown External Web Site Policy.

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Illness Management and Recovery Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) KIT

The Recovery Workbook External Web Site Policy.

WRAP External Web Site Policy.

Common Ground Training External Web Site Policy.

How Do We Recover? An Analysis of Psychiatric Survivor Oral Histories External Web Site Policy.

Recovery and Wellness: Models of Hope and Empowerment for People with Mental Illness External Web Site Policy.

Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening Our Understanding of Wellness External Web Site Policy.

Recovery Planner from South Carolina Share
This Recovery Planner is a quick and easy “workbook” that helps you think through some of your goals and the areas you need help in.  This booklet focuses on change, positive self-talk, physical health, emotional/mental wellness, stress, substance use, living space, money, down time, employment/volunteer work, education/training, relationships, legal issues, spirituality, and daily routine. As you begin this workbook we encourage you to work with a mentor, case manager, doctor, or a trusted supporter. If you share it with the people who are helping you with your treatment plan, it will help you get the services and support you need to work on your recovery goals. [PDF - 1.42 Mb] External Web Site Policy.

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Planificador de Recuperación de South Carolina Share
Este planificador de recuperación es un “Cuaderno de ejercicios” rápidamente y bastante fácil que te ayuda estudiar algunos de tus problemas y te ayuda se acordar de qué ya tienes y qué necesitarás conseguir para resolver estos problemas. ¿Después de que lo escribes, qué ocurre?
Puedes decidir compartirlo con tu equipo de trato, director de caso, doctor, o cualquiera persona que escoges. Si lo compartes con las personas que te están ayudando con tu plan de trato, te ayudará conseguir los servicios y el soporte que necesitas para trabajar en tu recuperación. [PDF format - 181.9 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

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Improving Health-Based Payment for Medicaid Beneficiaries: CDPS - Chronic Illness and Disability Payment System External Web Site Policy.

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Reaching for Wellness in Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia and Wellness Research Program External Web Site Policy.

Putting the Body Back into the Mind of Schizophrenia
A study using a procedure called the rubber hand illusion has found striking new evidence that people experiencing schizophrenia have a weakened sense of body ownership. The study produced the first case of a spontaneous, out-of-body experience in the laboratory. External Web Site Policy.

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Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders and Mental Illness: HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter External Web Site Policy.

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Smoking Cessation

American Cancer Society – Guide to Quitting Smoking  External Web Site Policy.  External Web Site Policy.

CHOICES (Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking)  External Web Site Policy.

Clubhouse of Suffolk – Smoking Cessation Health and Wellness Project  External Web Site Policy.

Legacy – A Hidden Epidemic: Tobacco Use and Mental Illness  External Web Site Policy.

Legacy – EX®: A new way to think about quitting smoking  External Web Site Policy.

NAMI – Hearts & Minds: Smoking Cessation  External Web Site Policy.

NASMHPD – Tobacco-Free Living in Psychiatric Settings: A Best-Practices Toolkit Promoting Wellness and Recovery [PDF - 771 Kb]  External Web Site Policy.

NASMHPD Research Institute – Smoking Policies and Practices in State Psychiatric Facilities: Survey Results from 2011 [PDF - 254 Kb]  External Web Site Policy.  External Web Site Policy. – Depression  External Web Site Policy. – The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014  External Web Site Policy.

Tobacco Cessation Leadership Center: Bringing Everyone Along [PDF - 1,290 Kb]  External Web Site Policy.

Tobacco Recovery Resource Exchange  External Web Site Policy.

University of California, San Francisco – Rx for Change: Clinician-assisted Tobacco Cessation  External Web Site Policy.

University of California, San Francisco – Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine – Behavioral Health & Wellness Program

University Behavioral Healthcare: Learning About Healthy Living: Tobacco and You [PDF - 4,600 Kb]  External Web Site Policy.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health – Smoking – Medicines to Help You Quit  External Web Site Policy.

WebMD: Strategies to Quit Smoking  External Web Site Policy.  External Web Site Policy.

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Social Inclusion

SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity, and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center). The ADS Center has many resources as well.

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Substance Abuse

Medication-Assisted Treatment

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Improving the Physical Health of People with Serious Mental Illness: A Systematic Review of Lifestyle Interventions PhysicalHealthofPeoplewithSMI-ASystematicReviewofLifestyleInterventions.pdf [PDF - 686 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Coping Strategies May Help Mental, Harm Physical Health External Web Site Policy.

Health and Wellness Screening Report, Alternatives Conference 2009 [PDF - 60 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Wellness Self Management (New York State Office of Mental Health) External Web Site Policy.

Live your life wellSM from Mental Health America External Web Site Policy.

Hearts and Minds External Web Site Policy.

A Wellness Approach External Web Site Policy.

Performance Wellness, Inc. External Web Site Policy.

Model School Wellness Policies External Web Site Policy.

National Wellness Institute External Web Site Policy.

Native Wellness External Web Site Policy.

Mental Health America Policy Position Statement 16: Health and Wellness for People with Serious Mental Illnesses External Web Site Policy.

Supporting Wellness Through Policy and Advocacy: A Case History of a Working Group in a Community
Partnership Initiative to Address Depression [PDF - 140 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Wellness Intervention for Patients with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness

Employee-Wellness Programs Pay Off in Productivity and Morale External Web Site Policy.

Mental Wellness in Aging: Strengths-Based Approaches External Web Site Policy.

10 Ways to Live 10 Years Younger External Web Site Policy.

The 10 By 10 Campaign: A National Wellness Action Plan to Improve Life Expectancy by 10 Years in 10 Years for People with Mental Illness
A Report of the 2007 National Wellness Summit for People with Mental Illness

Caregiving Behavior Is Associated With Decreased Mortality Risk [PDF format -119 Kb] External Web Site Policy.

Healthy Living Really Does Postpone Mortality External Web Site Policy.

Mood Tracker Mobile App
T2 Mood Tracker is a mobile application that allows users to self-monitor, track, and reference their emotional experience over a period of days, weeks, and months using a visual analogue rating scale. Users can self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression, and anxiety. Additional ratings can also be added. With each self-rating, notes on environmental influences on emotional experiences can be added. Self-monitoring results can be a self-help tool, or they can be shared with a therapist or health care professional, providing a record of the patient’s emotional experience over a selected time frame. External Web Site Policy.

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Women’s Health

FDA brochure

Women With Mental Disorders Less Likely To Have Mammograms External Web Site Policy.

Addressing the access to health care for women with disabilities

Women’s Health—Pregnancy and Medication Fact Sheet

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