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New Mental Health Resource Guide

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, the Public Health Communications Collaborative has developed a new directory of resources to help you communicate about this important public health issue all year. These spotlights resources are guides for public health and health professionals, parents and caregivers, employers and employees, youth, and anyone who is looking for […]

Resource: 4th Trimester Project

The 4th Trimester Project is an amazing resource for new moms. This resource aims to be inclusive of all bodies and mothers, including transgender and non-binary people. It incorporates information on many postpartum topics, such as self-care after birth, how to build a support network, caring for your child, and videos experiences from other mothers. […]

Student Spotlight: How has Olivia Beckman Used Her Experience as a Family Medicine Physician to Promote Mental Well-Being for Mothers and Children?

#UMNMCH student Olivia Beckman (MPH 2019) wrote this reflection on her field experience opportunity with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), where she assisted in promoting maternal mental well-being. This field experience was facilitated through a deployment funded by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health. As a former family medicine physician […]

Resource: Video Training on Children’s Mental Health

The Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative worked within the community for a year and half to create a special project. Children’s Mental Health: The Whole Story is a locally-produced, documentary-style training film about children’s mental health and trauma. The film is narrated by a teen with mental illness and uses real stories from families […]

Resource: HRSA 2017 Health Equity Report

Persistent and emerging patterns of health disparities exist throughout the United States at the national, state, and local level.  The Office of Health Equity, a sector of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),  created the 2017 Health Equity Report, which presents a comprehensive assessment of programs aimed to reduce those disparities and promote health equity. The report addresses […]

Resource: Supporting Maternal Mental Health in Public Health Nutrition Practice

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed each year.  Perinatal depression is the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in the United States.  The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN)  released its latest brief on the topic of maternal mental health, titled “Supporting Maternal Mental […]

Resource: Mental Health of Transgender Youth: The Role of Family, School, and Community in Promoting Resilience

The Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) is an extension of the University of Minnesota that aims to translate what researchers have discovered into practice and policy to improve the health and well-being of communities.  In response to new research and high interest on transgender youth, Extension CYFC released its latest Children’s Mental Health eReview […]

Resource: Incidents of Mass Violence

Incidents of mass violence are human-caused tragedies that can impact whole communities and the country at large. These types of disasters, which include shootings and acts of terrorism, often occur without warning and can happen anywhere. Learn from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about who is most at risk for emotional distress […]

Student Spotlight: How Did Tory Bruch Support Families Healing from Substance Abuse and Trauma?

  By Tory Bruch I am a second year graduate student earning my Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health. Though I entered the program with limited professional working experience, I have taken advantage of the many opportunities available to students in the School of Public Health; I have found jobs and volunteer […]

Resource: Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Information (Multiple Sources)

Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems in the Early Emerging Adult Years in the United States (NAHIC): This 2010 study investigates the mental health status and receipt of services among young adults across multiple outcomes (e.g., race/ethnicity, income, insurance). One major finding was that fewer than 50 percent of young adults […]

Resource: Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health–Final Report

The Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health was established to provide the Minnesota Governor and Legislature with comprehensive recommendations to improve Minnesota’s mental health system. The Task Force prepared an 83-page final report to the Governor and Legislature that included nine recommendations for transforming Minnesota’s mental health system into a comprehensive continuum of care. The final report […]

Resource: In the Wake of Violence–Mental Health in African American Youth (Video)

The University of Minnesota’s Trauma Recovery Project has created a new video featuring panel discussions from two events held in the past year. The7-minute video, created by the UMN Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC), was compiled from speakers at two Minneapolis events (February and May 2016) sponsored by the Trauma Recovery Project Behavioral Health […]

Guest Post: Maternal Mental Health–Why We Need to Pay Attention

By Katherine Allen, University of Minnesota Extension’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) Maternal mental health during pregnancy, childbirth, and infancy is an important predictor of child development, yet it is massively understudied, underreported, and undertreated. Across the world, mental illness associated with pregnancy and childbirth is a primary complication for women. Depression is the most […]

Practice Notes: Resilience in Maltreated Children

Resilience in Maltreated Children, published by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW), contains practice considerations for professionals, case examples, reflection questions, references and more. Click here for more information. This issue of Practice Notes was created in partnership with the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) and is supported, in […]