Specific Populations

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As veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq return stateside, we are becoming more aware of the mental health implications of serving in the armed forces.  These men and women, their families, and all veterans may need special support to obtain the mental health services they need.  Combat veterans are often concerned with the stigma associated with mental disorders and barriers to care.

Why suicide rate among veterans may be more than 22 a day (CNN)

DryHootch.org - a non-profit which provides an alcohol-free place for veterans to receive support and resources.  “Helping Veterans who survived the war, survive the peace.”

Wisconsin Service Member Support Division

National Center for PTSD (US Department of Veterans Affairs)

Wounded Warrior Project

Army One Source -- A campaign seeking to improve care giver communication with Service members, Veterans and their Families by providing behavioral health professionals easy access to nationally accredited free online CEU courses in military culture, the impact of combat stress and deployment on children and families and PTSD. Learn more about the training from Rest of the Way Home

You may have heard that women have Depression much more often than men.  Although true, this statement can downplay the plight of the many men are suffering with Depression.  Depression is a serious but treatable medical condition that can affect anyone, including men. In America alone, more than 6 million men have depression each year.

Whether you're a company executive, construction worker, writer, police officer, or student; whether you are rich or poor; surrounded by loved ones or alone; you are not immune to Depression. Some factors, however, such as family history, undue stress, the loss of a loved one, or serious illnesses can make you more vulnerable.

Resources

Face It Foundation - Organization working to educate and eliminate the stigma associated with depression in men

Men Get Depression  "How is it possible in the country leading the world in medical science, one in four men have a disabling illness that torments them and their families and most never receive  treatment for it?"  A campaign launched in 2008.

Man Therapy - an interactive website featuring blustery & manly therapist “Dr. Rich Mahogany” (video). While the site is laden with macho humor, it is actually a Colorado-based suicide prevention campaign directed specifically at men. According to the site, working age men account for the most deaths by suicide of any age group in Colorado, and they are the least likely to seek help. Man Therapy seeks to counter the stigma associated with therapy by reaching out to men with humor and manly banter.

Addressing the Specific Behavioral Health Needs of Men (SAMHSA Publication)  Addresses the specific treatment needs of adult men with substance use disorders. Reviews gender-specific research and best practices, such as common patterns of initiation of substance use among men and specific treatment issues and strategies.

Suicide Among Adults Aged 35–64 Years — United States, 1999–2010  "In 2009, the number of deaths from suicide surpassed the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Traditionally, suicide prevention efforts have been focused mostly on youths and older adults, but recent evidence suggests that there have been substantial increases in suicide rates among middle-aged adults in the United States."

Mental illnesses affect women and men differently — some disorders are more common in women, and some express themselves with different symptoms. Scientists are only now beginning to tease apart the contributions of various biological and psychosocial factors to mental health and mental illness in both women and men. In addition, researchers are currently studying the special problems of treatment for serious mental illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Depression is a pervasive and impairing illness that affects both women and men, but women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men. Researchers continue to explore how special issues unique to women—biological, life cycle, and psycho-social-may be associated with women's higher rate of depression. 

Resources

Women's Mental Health  (National Women's Health Information Center)

Surgeon General's Workshop on Women’s Mental Health (2005)

Women and Depression (New NAMI brochure)

Engaging women in trauma-informed peer support: A guidebook
A guide that can be used by peer supporters working in the behavioral health and human services systems to learn to integrate trauma-informed principles into their work supporting women who have experienced trauma. It provides culturally oriented resources and tools for trauma-informed peer support for women.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth, and those questioning their sexuality (Qs) are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. They are also more likely to suffer from depression and use or abuse substances. Youth who are LGBTQs may also be more likely to experience harassment from other youth and significant adults in their lives, and to be subjected to verbal, sexual, and physical abuse and other forms of trauma. Further, they are more likely to drop out of school and become homeless.  Finally, bullying and rejection by peers and family members can exacerbate mental health challenges.  Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/obhe/docs/LGBTQI2-S-Practice-Brief.pdf

Just the facts about sexual orientation and youth: A primer for principals, educators and school personnel
A factsheet developed by the American Psychological Association and 12 other organizations to aid mental health professionals, school staff, and others in addressing controversies about homosexuality when they arise at school.

The Trevor Project
A suicide prevention program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.


  • Minorities have less access to, and availability of, mental health services.
  • Minorities are less likely to receive needed mental health services.
  • Minorities in treatment often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.
  • Minorities are underrepresented in mental health research.  

Barriers to mental health care include: income; managed care, Medicare/Medicaid; stigma; consumers unappreciative of treatment; health care providers unaware of treatments.

Resources

Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (2001) - a comprehensive review of the issues facing various minority groups

Minority Mental Health Resources - American Psychiatric Association

The Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture (The Provider's Guide is part of Management Sciences for Health Electronic Resource Center, which is funded in part by the U.S. Agency for International Development.)

Mental Health Needs of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing--Background and a Screening Protocol
From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

  • Webcast - PowerPoint Presentation - Word Document This web cast proposes a number of first steps that Pupil Services professionals can take to help identify and meet the social-emotional needs of students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The viewer will have an opportunity to recognize the range of hearing loss and be ready to gather information from multiple sources in order to best understand the current status of a student’s hearing loss and communication needs.  The DPI is host to a Work Group of people from multiple agencies meeting to address the mental wellness of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. They work to increase awareness and appropriate practice in supporting students who may have a social-emotional or mental health need.

AODA for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Independence First)

Mental Illness in the Deaf Community (NAMI) Interview with psychologist Robert Pollard, Ph.D. professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester and director of the Deaf Wellness Center.

Model Mental Health For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals Bill of Rights Act (National Association of the Deaf)

Wisconsin Association of the Deaf

Hearing Loss Association of America - Wisconsin Chapter

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