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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that affects people’s moods. People with bipolar disorder have moods and feelings that are more extreme than normal ups and downs. Frameworks resources are… Read More

Building Family & Social Support

Having a good relationship with your mental healthcare providers is important to your wellness. So is having healthy relationships with family and/or friends. Your family and/or friends may help you… Read More

Finding Ways to Help You Get Your Medications

Sticking to the treatment plan that you and your care team agreed on is important. Medications are usually part of treatment for many people managing a mental health condition. They… Read More

Overcoming Stigma in Mental Health

People coping with a mental health problem often face stigma. Stigma is being viewed in a negative way due to a condition. You may unfairly judge yourself. Or you may… Read More

Substance Use Disorders & Mental Health

Coping with a mental health condition is never easy. It can be even more difficult when you’re also struggling with substance use, alcoholism, or drug addiction problems. There is hope.… Read More

Addressing Ongoing Symptoms of Mental Illness

Medications are an important part of treatment for many people with a mental health condition. They may help improve symptoms and promote recovery and wellness. Even with treatment, you might… Read More

Lack of Disease Insight in Mental Health

When a loved one or someone you care for does not agree with his/her diagnosis, people may say that person is “in denial.” But the mental health condition may be… Read More

Addressing Ongoing Symptoms in Mental illness

Medications are an important part of treatment for many people with a mental health condition. They may help improve symptoms and promote recovery and wellness. Even with treatment, you might… Read More

Substance Use Disorders & Mental Health

Coping with a mental health condition is never easy. It can be even more difficult when you’re also struggling with substance use, alcoholism, or drug addiction problems. There is hope.… Read More

Overcoming Stigma in Mental Health

People coping with a mental health problem often face stigma. Stigma is being viewed in a negative way due to a condition. You may unfairly judge yourself. Or you may… Read More

Finding Ways to Help You Get Your Medications

Sticking to the treatment plan that you and your care team agreed on is important. Medications are usually part of treatment for many people managing a mental health condition. Frameworks… Read More

Building Family & Social Support

Having a good relationship with your mental healthcare providers is important to your wellness. So is having healthy relationships with family and/or friends. Your family and/or friends may help you… Read More

Schizophrenia Relapse Reduction Program Overview

Schizophrenia is a chronic, relapsing, and disabling disorder characterized by symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, disorganized thinking, affective flattening, apathy, and social withdrawal. Frameworks resources are intended for educational… Read More

Schizophrenia & the Role of the Pharmacist

In this resource you will learn how pharmacists may play a role in helping patients with schizophrenia. Frameworks resources are intended for educational purposes only and are intended for health… Read More

Addressing Relapse & Readmissions in Schizophrenia

In this resource you will learn about identifying conditions with high readmission rates and much more. Frameworks resources are intended for educational purposes only and are intended for health care… Read More

Wellness & Recovery Workbook

This resource will help you manage your health once you leave the hospital. Frameworks resources are intended for educational purposes only and are intended for health care professionals and/or payer… Read More

Overview: Schizophrenia Relapse Reduction Program

This resource discusses ways to help reduce the chance of a Schizophrenia relapse and possible solutions in the event of a relapse. Frameworks resources are intended for educational purposes only… Read More

Mental Health Among The Latinx/Hispanic Community

As PsychU celebrates and raises awareness of Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the latter half of September and first half of October, this infographic provides information on the prevalence and impact… Read More

Stigma & Bipolar Disorder: A Resource For Consumers

This consumer resource discusses different types of stigma, how consumers may feel stigmatized by their condition, how stigma may impact treatment, and strategies to support treatment.   Frameworks resources are… Read More

Where Can I Find Help For My Mental Health Condition?

This resource provides a list of national organizations that support consumers with mental health conditions by providing resources, services, and treatment options. Frameworks resources are intended for educational purposes only and… Read More

Treatment For Bipolar Disorder: A Resource For Consumers

This consumer resource discusses the importance of effective treatment plans, psychosocial interventions and medication therapy, suggested treatment goals, and support outlets for helping consumers lead fulfilling lives with bipolar disorder.… Read More

Goal-Setting Worksheet

This purpose of this resource is to provide a worksheet that consumers can use to write out their goals, track changes, and review with providers at appointments. Frameworks resources are intended… Read More

My Recovery Goals

This worksheet is designed to help consumers prepare for appointments with providers. It encourages them to think about and record their current goals and concerns. The back side addresses between-appointment… Read More

Daily Tracker

  This tool allows consumers to track how they are doing in weekly increments. It addresses key topics, including side effects, sleep, and appetite. The tracker is intended to be… Read More

Goal Setting: A Resource For Consumers

This resource introduces consumers to the idea of goal setting. Tips are provided for encouragement in the process. A checklist is also included to help identify areas of focus. Frameworks resources… Read More

Language Normalization: A Resource For Providers

This resource discusses the importance of normalizing language with patients with mental health conditions. It emphasizes how normalization can enhance patient-provider communications by providing patients empathy and understanding. Frameworks resources are… Read More

A Guide For Patients: Living With Schizophrenia

This brochure describes schizophrenia in an easy-to-understand manner. It also informs patients of the importance of working with their treatment teams, and overall wellness including being aware of other medical… Read More

Shared Decision Making: A Resource For Consumers

This resource introduces consumers to shared decision making and the important role they play in the process. Tips are provided to  help patients engage more actively. Frameworks resources are intended for… Read More

Wellness Tracker

This tool is a simple checklist for consumers to complete in the waiting room. Consumers can easily check off how they’ve been feeling and write down issues or concerns they’d… Read More

Fact Sheet: The Eight Dimensions Of Wellness

Wellness is a self-defined balance of healthy habits such as eating well, sleeping, being productive, and participating in meaningful activities. There are eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical,… Read More

Treatment Adherence In Mental Health

A downloadable and shareable resource collating key information and resources available through PsychU.org that address the topic of treatment adherence in mental health. The areas addressed by the resource include,… Read More

NAMI: It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide

In this fact sheet “It’s Okay to Talk About SUICIDE,” created by The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), provides prevalence and high-risk population data on suicide in the United… Read More

2021 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit

Formally recognized in June 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness… Read More

NAMI: Mental Health Care Matters

Mental health treatment-therapy, medication and self-care, have made recovery a reality for most people experiencing mental illness. Although taking the first steps can be confusing or difficult, it’s important to… Read More

Let’s Talk About LGBTQIA+ & Mental Health

As we celebrate Pride Month, PsychU will be joining the LGBTQIA+ community in raising awareness of what it means to be LGBTQIA+ identified. This infographic resource provides information around who… Read More

Psychiatric Advance Directive Fact Sheet

This is a downloadable text document on Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD). This material is expected to serve as an introductory resource for patients and caregivers on PAD. The goal is… Read More

Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)

Administration time: 10–15 minutes Main purpose: To assess the severity of symptoms of anxiety Population Adults, adolescents and children The HAM-A was one of the first rating scales developed to… Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 Toolkit

Mental Health America (MHA) started Mental Health Month in 1949 to communicate the importance of mental health to overall health. MHA insights about the factors that lead to mental health for… Read More

National Certified Peer Specialists (NCPS)

Opportunities for peers to work in a variety of systems and settings to support individuals in achieving and maintaining recovery exist. This website, developed by Mental Health America (MHA) and… Read More

NAMI: You Are Not Alone

Million of people are affected by mental illness each year. Across the country, many people just like you work, perform, create, compete, laugh, love and inspire every day. The National… Read More

Fighting Stigma

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides a brief introduction to stigma and how to combat it by educating yourself and others. Learn More Now Provided by permission of… Read More

B4Stage4 – Where To Get Help

When you’ve decided to seek help for a possible mental health condition, knowing what resources are available and where to start can be tricky. This webpage, developed by Mental Health… Read More

Neuroimmunology Of Schizophrenia

Recent research has presented possible links to both risk and protective factors regarding the occurrence of schizophrenia. This presentation provides an overview of some of these factors and the schizophrenia… Read More

Neurodevelopment Of Schizophrenia

The molecular pathophysiology of schizophrenia is complex and involves many factors, but there are some typical patterns that serve as a guideline to the neurodevelopment of the disease. The presentation… Read More

Genetics Of Schizophrenia

Years of research have established that schizophrenia is a highly heritable disease, providing a greater understanding of the genetic links to the occurrence of schizophrenia. This resource explores the complex… Read More

Neuroendocrinology

Data comparing hormone levels and the development of schizophrenia suggest there may be both neuroprotective and risk factors associated with different hormones. Additional studies could lead to new treatment options… Read More

Neuroanatomical Alterations In Schizophrenia

Observing the brains of patients with schizophrenia has yielded insights into issues such as gray matter loss, typical disease progression, and the effects of antipsychotic treatments. This resource reviews the… Read More

Neuroimmunology Of Schizophrenia

In this presentation, the objectives are to: Review Neuroimmunology & Genetic Susceptibility Review Prenatal Infection & Maternal Immune Activation (MIA) Review Inflammatory Imbalance (Cytokines) Review Glial Cell Activation Review Co-morbid… Read More

2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit

Each July, Mental Health America (MHA) aims to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and others that face disproportionate… Read More

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health

                                    Download Resource     Provided with permission from Mental Health America, a… Read More

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health

                                    Download Resource     Provided with permission from Mental Health America, a… Read More

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health

Provided with permission from Mental Health America, a PsychU Supporting Organization. To learn more about MHA, please visit their website at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net. Read More

Digital Health Glossary

Adaptive algorithms An area of artificial intelligence, where algorithms can continue to learn and evolve over time.1 Advanced analytics A device or product that can identify, analyze, and use large… Read More

Disclosing To Others Fact Sheet

Ideally, the people around you will understand your illness and encourage you. But the important people in your life might not know much about mental illness. They may want to… Read More

COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Offers These Tips For People With Mental Illness: For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who… Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month 2020 Toolkit

Throughout May each year, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) has been leading the observance of May MHAM. For 2020, MHA will continue… Read More

PsychU 360 Magazine

PsychU 360 – January 2020 Despite vast improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the last half-century, mental illness is underdiagnosed and undertreated. The reasons are many and varied. Among them:… Read More

Types Of Mental Health Professionals Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of the different types of mental health professionals. Resource:Types of Mental Health Professionals (PDF). Download… Read More

Addressing Psychiatric Readmissions

Psychiatric inpatient hospitalization presents a significant challenge for patients, payers, and the overall health care system. This white paper will provide an overview of the causes and impacts of readmissions.… Read More

Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ)

The Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ) is a 26-item instrument designed to identify patients on a continuum from low to high risk for opioid misuse. The original study which validated the… Read More

Brief Risk Interview© (BRI)

The Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) was developed as a protocol to determine potential patient risk of violating a treatment agreement related to prescription opioids and risk of future opioid misuse.… Read More

Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE)

The Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE) was designed to screen patient risk for alcohol abuse and dependence in the clinical setting. This version of the tool is a brief… Read More

Brief Risk Questionnaire© (BRQ)

The Brief Risk Questionnaire© (BRQ) is an opioid risk screening tool found to offer a good alternative to doing a clinical interview (see Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) https://psychu.org/brief-risk-interview-bri/). The tool… Read More

Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D)

The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D; HRSD; HDRS), designed in 1960, has become one of the most widely utilized rating scales intended to assess depression disorder symptom severity and change.… Read More

Brief Resilience Scale (BRS)

The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) differs from previous scales measuring resilience in that it does not attempt to identify or measure personal characteristics and/or social resources that individuals may possess… Read More

B4Stage4 – Get Informed

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), is part of their B4Stage4 resources, and provides information to help individuals know the risk factors and symptoms of mental illness.… Read More

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10)

The Kessler Psychological Distress 10-Item Scale (K10) is the full version of the scale, designed to measure anxiety and depression. The self-administered scale includes 10 items to measure an individual’s… Read More

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6)

The Kessler Psychological Distress 6-Item Scale (K6) is an abbreviated version of the Kessler 10, which was designed as a brief, simple, and reliable instrument to measure anxiety and depression.… Read More

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) is a self-administered scale for assessing five of the most common types of mental disorders presenting in medical populations: depressive, anxiety, somatoform, alcohol use, and… Read More

Brief Patient Health Questionnaire (Brief PHQ)

The Brief Patient Health Questionnaire (Brief PHQ) is a self-administered scale for assessing depressive disorders and panic disorders. It is derived from the depression questions within the full Patient Health… Read More

Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9)

The Patient Health Questionnaire 9 is a self-administered 9-item scale for assessing and monitoring depression severity. It is derived from the depression questions within the full Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ).… Read More

Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS)

The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS) includes 19 question items (English Version), based upon questions that developer Ronald Pies, MD, found most helpful in detecting not only severe cases of… Read More

Patient Health Questionnaire 15 (PHQ-15)

The Patient Health Questionnaire 15 is a self-administered 15-item scale to measure somatic symptoms, with questions from the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ). The PHQ family of measures, including abbreviated and… Read More

Opioid Risk Tool© (ORT)

The Opioid Risk Tool© (ORT) is a five-question, self-administered assessment that can be completed within 5 minutes and should be utilized on a patient’s initial visit. It assesses the patient… Read More

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C)

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) is a brief alcohol screen that reliably identifies patients who are hazardous drinkers or who have active alcohol use disorders. The AUDIT-C contains… Read More

Mini-Cog™

The Mini-Cog™ is a 3-minute instrument that can increase detection of cognitive impairment in older adults. It can be used effectively after brief training in both health care and community-based… Read More

Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-Item Scale (GAD-7)

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-Item Scale (GAD-7) is a self-administered 7-item anxiety scale initially developed to diagnose generalized anxiety disorder. The GAD-7 also proved to have sensitivity and specificity as… Read More

Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ)

The Mood Disorder Questionnaire is a brief self-administered tool to screen (not diagnose) for bipolar disorder. It takes about five minutes to complete and should be followed by a comprehensive… Read More

Major Depressive Disorder With A Seasonal Pattern

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), includes information about major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern, its symptoms, potential treatment, and tips of planning… Read More

Depression Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of depression, its symptoms, causes, and diagnosis, and potential treatment options available. Resource: Depression Fact… Read More

Self-Harm Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of self-harm, why people commit self-harm, treatment and coping alternatives, and tips on helping someone… Read More

Dual Diagnosis Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of dual diagnosis (for mental illness and substance abuse disorders), its prevalence, symptoms, and potential… Read More

Schizophrenia Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of schizophrenia, its symptoms, causes, and diagnosis, and potential treatment options available. Resource: Schizophrenia (PDF).… Read More

Sleep Disorders Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of sleep disorders and how they can affect mental illness, their causes and effects, and… Read More

Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), includes information about bipolar disorder, its symptoms and causes, the four diagnoses of bipolar illness and treatment options… Read More

Suicide Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of suicide, contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, warning signs and risk factors,… Read More

Psychosis Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of psychosis, its symptoms and causes, as well as potential treatment options. Resource: Psychosis Fact… Read More

Mental Health Facts In America

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides statistics on mental illness in the United States, including additional information on the impact and consequences of mental… Read More

Multicultural Mental Health Facts

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), shows statistics on the prevalence of mental illness and use of services within different groups of individuals and mentions… Read More

Mental Health: Know The Warning Signs

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides a general set of symptoms that may indicate the presence of a mental health condition, as well… Read More

Taking Charge Of Your Mental Health

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides information on finding a specialist, making your mental health care appointment count, potential questions to ask your mental… Read More

What Is Mental Health Parity?

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), discusses what mental health parity is, the rules health plans must follow related to federal and state parity laws,… Read More

Mental Health: Managing Stress

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of stress, how it may affect someone, and tips for reducing stress or getting help.… Read More

Mental Health: How To Find Help

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides tips on reaching out for help with a mental illness. Resource: Mental Health: How To Find Help… Read More

Mental Health Screening Tools

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), includes Mental Health Screening Tools for individuals to answer to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Read… Read More

Life With Depression

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides patient statements on what life with depression feels like and tips for tackling depression… Read More

Stop Thinking Stupid Thoughts

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides a simple practice to help combat self-stigmatizing thoughts. Resource: Stopping Stupid Thoughts (PDF). Originally published… Read More

Think Ahead

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, is a worksheet you can use to prepare or plan ahead to organize your thoughts… Read More

What’s Underneath

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides a simple practice to slow down and identify how you’re feeling in order to… Read More

Reaching For Recovery: Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that affects a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Just like other conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, bipolar disorder requires medical… Read More

Reaching For Recovery: Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Just like other conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, schizophrenia requires medical treatment. Resource: Help… Read More

Working With The Treatment Team: Schizophrenia

The Treatment Team, including the psychiatrist, is the best resource for information and advice about schizophrenia. Each Treatment Team can be made up of different types of healthcare professionals, so… Read More

Caregivers & The Right To Help: Schizophrenia

Caregivers can play an important role in helping their loved one manage schizophrenia, but sometimes there’s confusion around the role they can have in the treatment process. So here’s some… Read More

Introduction To Depression & Bipolar Disorder

This webpage, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), highlights how to recognize depression and bipolar disorder, tips to develop a wellness lifestyle, and what types of treatments may… Read More

Mental Health Month 2016 Toolkit

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides outreach ideas, items for advocates, fact sheets, and handouts about mental illness. Resource: Mental Health Month 2016: Outreach Toolkit (PDF). Originally… Read More

Taking Care Of An Aging Parent

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides tips to help caregivers cope with the stresses that may occur while they are providing care for aging parents. Read More… Read More

The B4Stage4 Philosophy

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides information about their initiative B4Stage4, and their hopes for how it will change the way individuals think about mental health. The… Read More

Being An Effective Caregiver

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides five tips for being an effective caregiver for an individual with mental illness. Learn More Now Provided by permission of Mental… Read More

Caregiver Basics – What You Need To Know

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides information, forms, and documents that you can encourage your friend or family member to use to assist your loved one with… Read More

Center For Peer Support

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides current information about peer support, including facts, resources, and peer support credentialing. Read More Provided by permission of Mental Health America… Read More

Bipolar Disorder Self-Assessment

This self-assessment, part of the Mental Health Screening Tools developed by Mental Health America (MHA), includes questions for individuals to answer to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of bipolar… Read More

Depression Self-Assessment

This self-assessment, part of the Mental Health Screening Tools developed by Mental Health America (MHA), includes questions for individuals to answer to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of depression,… Read More

Brief Adherence Ratings Scale (BARS)

The Brief Adherence Ratings Scale (BARS) is a brief, clinician-administered instrument that was designed to assess adherence to oral atypical antipsychotic medication among outpatients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. BARS… Read More

The Affordable Care Act & Healthcare Reforms

This resource outlines the new measures that providers need to be prepared for under the Affordable Care Act, particularly those measures that effect care coordination. New measures for providers include… Read More