• CPS - Mental Health

    The National Institute of Mental Health

    The month of October marks several significant days within the field of mental health. The College of Public Service would like to raise awareness on the importance of mental health as it is commonly ignored due to the negative stigma which surrounds mental illnesses. October 7–13, 2012 marked Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and many events have taken place around the country to continue to raise awareness. 

    To find out more about MIAW and the National Alliance of Mental Illness, click here

    There is one agency the College of Public Service would like to highlight in honor of mental illness awareness. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and has been serving the United States for over 50 years. The mission of NIMH is to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and lead the way in prevention, recovery, and cure of mental illness. In 2010, NIHM’s $1.5 million budget helped aid in basic and clinical research searching for new treatments, preventative measures, and possible cures for mental health diseases. 

    The support of this mission stems from four main objectives of the NIMH:

    • Promote discovery in the brain and behavioral sciences to fuel research on the causes of mental disorders
    • Chart mental illness trajectories to determine when, where and how to intervene
    • Develop new and better interventions that incorporate the diverse needs and circumstances of people with mental illnesses
    • Strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research*

    To learn more about NIMH, click here.

    *National Institute of Mental Health, on the Internet at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/index.shtml 

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