With the help of its outreach partner in Nebraska, NIMH held
its 6th annual meeting of the Outreach Partnership Program in Omaha.
The program enlists national and state organizations in partnerships
to help bridge the gap between research and clinical practice by
disseminating the latest scientific findings, informing the public
about mental disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction, and reducing
the stigma and discrimination associated with these illnesses.
State Sen. Jim Jensen, an NIH Council of Public Representatives
member, opened the recent meeting by welcoming the 51 outreach
partners. His assertion that "we must remove the stigma of mental
illness and empower mental health consumers" resonated with the
audience of representatives of national mental health organizations
and state and local partners. Two years ago, Jensen began to address
this problem by introducing a bill to increase community- based
services that would allow people with mental illnesses to more
easily live in their communities where they have support systems.
|Nebraska State Sen. Jim Jensen, a member of the NIH Council
of Public Representatives, opened the recent NIMH outreach
||NIMH deputy director Dr. Richard Nakamura meets
with an attendee.
Dr. Richard Nakamura, NIMH deputy director, began the formal program
by providing an update on NIMH research advances. Throughout the
meeting, attendees learned about the latest advances and treatments
for mental illnesses and substance abuse from NIMH and NIDA staff,
grantees and other experts.
Some of the topics covered in the meeting included media outreach,
evidence-based treatments and practice, and reaching out to minority
and underserved populations. The plenary sessions can be viewed