To keep you better informed about some of the biggest news and developments concerning behavioral and mental health, below are 10 of the most significant reports published in September. Highlights include stories on the U.S. suicide crisis, a new 988 service, a SAMHSA report, telehealth and digestive diseases.
A survey of Americans 18 years and older found that nearly 1 in 5 say they were plagued with suicidal thoughts in the past year.
A study revealed that nearly 1 in 5 U.S. counties lack psychiatrists or internet service, making it difficult for around 10.5 million Americans to find mental health care.
3. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Adds American Sign Language Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Callers
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was made available to those who use American Sign Language through the use of a videophone.
4. SAMHSA Releases New Data on Recovery from Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Adults in the United States
A new SAMHSA report shared data on adults in recovery from a substance use and/or mental health problem and provides policy recommendations identified as supporting recovery.
A study found many behavioral health patients want the choice to pursue telehealth or in-person visits but did not have the option with their clinicians.
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A study found that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with a higher incidence of depression, anorexia or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as the risk of suicide attempts.
The U.S. Army approved a policy empowering soldiers to confidentially seek help and request a mental health evaluation through a commander or supervisor.
A study found that older adults with digestive diseases have an elevated likelihood of depression.
9. New Mexico Official Orders Insurance Companies To Expand Timely Access To Behavioral Health Services
Following New Mexico's governor declaring a public health emergency over gun violence, the state's top insurance regulator ordered health insurance companies to expand timely access to behavioral health services.
A report argues for increasing support for young people's mental health as a key to reducing student absence rates.