Update from NIMH
1. NIMH hosted a lecture, Advances in Autism Treatment Research, in observance of Autism Awareness Month on April 21, 2011 from 10:30-11:30AM. This lecture was available via videocast.
2. SAMHSA has released two new fact sheets to support National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day activities:
3. As the Department of Defense has named April “Month of the Military Child,” you will see a number of resources released this month to support activities for and about children of service members.
We hope you find this information useful for your work.
Please sign NAMI-NYS's petition to maintain funding to NIMH
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NAMI-NYS started to maintain the funding of NIMH in this year’s budget as well as in the 2012-13 Federal budget. We will be sending the petition
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NIMH connect the dots videocast to be included in NAMI-NYS's Children Mental Health Awareness Event
NAMI-NYS held our first Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Event, which took place on Thursday, May 5th at the Main Branch of Albany Public Library. NAMI partnered with other mental health organizations and children and education advocacy organizations to present the latest information on understanding the mental health issues of children and adolescents from age 0-18. Included was a videocast presentation of NIMH’s Connect the Dots panel presentation. The panel was moderated by Dr. Thomas R. Insel, Director, NIMH and included:
- Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., Chief, Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Emotion and Development Branch, NIMH Intramural Research Program. Dr. Leibenluft is an internationally-recognized expert on the brain mechanisms involved in bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.
- Daniel Pine, M.D., Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience and Chief, Emotion and Development Branch, NIMH Intramural Research Programs. A renowned expert on the causes and occurrence, biological basis and treatment of childhood mental disorders.
- Jay Giedd, M.D., Chief, Unit on Brain Imaging, Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH Intramural Research Program. Dr. Giedd is a leading expert on the biological basis of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in children.
- Benedetto Vitiello, Ph.D., Chief, Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Interventions Research Branch, Division of Services and Intervention Research, NIMH. Dr. Vitiello is a research expert on the effects of medications and other interventions to treat mental disorders in children and adolescents.