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Planning For 988

Widespread concerns about suicide led to the passage of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act in 2020, which will make “988” the nationwide suicide prevention hotline to support suicide and… Read More

Peer Support – The Next Generation

There are a number of new developments in the use of peer services spurring provider organization innovations. California is establishing a new peer support specialist certification program under Medi-Cal. And… Read More

The Homelessness Imperative

Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new initiative focused on addressing the housing insecure population with mental illness and substance use disorder. But the focus of the… Read More

How To Engage Older Adults With Digital Health

The Covid-19 public health emergency has changed the landscape of healthcare service delivery. Healthcare service providers have had to pivot rapidly to new and different treatment modalities while serving patients… Read More

Legislative Changes To Colorado Medicaid Rules

Provisions included in Colorado House Bill 21-1275, now require Colorado Medicaid (Health First Colorado) to allow pharmacy benefit reimbursement for long-acting injectable medications used for the treatment of serious mental… 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

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 1

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

Decriminalizing Mental Illness

U.S. correctional institutions, local courts, and police officers frequently encounter people with untreated mental health disorders. Once incarcerated, individuals with mental illness tend to stay longer in jail and upon… Read More

Peer Supports? There’s An App For That

A few new developments around peer supports have caught everyone’s attention. Not surprisingly, the pandemic has changed the role and the work of peer support specialists—and like all of health… 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

Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach (ROPA)

Listen to Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, and Hiten Patadia, PharmD as they spill the tea about this week’s hot topic: Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach (ROPA) with… 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 Wellness Across The Lifespan Series: Older Adult Infographic

In the United States, millions of Americans are affected by mental illness. The month of May has been designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month. PsychU joins the national movement to raise awareness by hosting a series on Mental Wellness Across the Lifespan. It… 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

A World Without

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the amazing accomplishments of some of history’s most notable figures who live(d) with mental health challenges are celebrated. Watch Video… 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

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a counseling style intended to strengthen reasons for behavioral change by eliciting a client’s motivations for change and resolving ambivalence. This is an approach that health care… Read More

National Family Caregivers Month 2020

One in five caregivers help someone with a mental illness and forty-five percent of caregivers for adults with mental illness are parents, fourteen percent are adult children and eleven percent… Read More

A Vicious Circle: Suicidality & Stigma

The irony is painful: Suicidal behavior is highly stigmatized, but stigma itself may increase suicidality. The complex, reciprocal relationship between the two is the focus of two recent journal articles:… Read More

Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry

Research has shown that when adding measurement-based care tools to usual care, including psychiatric care, significant improvement in patient outcomes can result. In this podcast, Dwayne Mayes provides his peer… Read More

Mindfulness Meditation In Mental Health

Over the last few decades, mindfulness meditation has increased in popularity. In this presentation, Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, will provide a brief overview of mindfulness meditation, including the… Read More

Maternal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

This podcast features Dr. Lisa Weinstock, a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist, discussing mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. As many as 15% of women experience… Read More

Starbucks Begins Mental Health Training

In its latest move to address mental health in the workplace, Starbucks is making mental health training available for all U.S. assistant store managers, store managers, and above, in addition… Read More

Impact & Trauma Of Racism

Many Black people in the U.S. are born into a life of trauma, stemming from a history of repression, violence, and injustice. This trauma is not something any of us… Read More

What To Say When You Want More

For provider organization executives looking at recovery planning, “top of the list” is different relationships with payers. In most discussions, higher rates, less administrative costs, standardized performance measurement, and sharing… 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

“I’m here…”: Peer To Peer – How To Help

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) recognizes mood disorders affect millions of people, yet the stigma surrounding it causes barriers to communication and knowledge about mental health conditions. Here is… Read More

Pharmacists Authorized To Test For COVID-19

New Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) guidelines, announced April 8, 2020, authorize licensed pharmacists to order and administer FDA-approved COVID-19 tests, including serology tests.1 Those who do so… Read More

Impact Of Second-Generation Antipsychotics

Dr. Rajiv Tandon outlines treatment options for individuals with schizophrenia and the impact the illness can have on their daily functioning. Listen in to this podcast as he reviews the results… 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

PsychU: Perspectives & Evolution

Listen in as Jon Grant, MD, JD, shares his thoughts with Rachel Self, PhD, MS, about PsychU and its particular value at this time. As for the future, Dr. Grant… Read More

Coronavirus & Mental Wellbeing

News is everywhere about the swift spread of coronavirus and the deaths in its wake. There is much we do not know about the virus or the disease it causes,… 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

Mindfulness In The Treatment Of PTSD

Up to 75% of individuals in North America experience trauma at some point in their lives. Rape, combat, childhood abuse—all are sources of trauma that can give rise to post-traumatic… Read More

American Foundation Of Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has been a supporting organization of PsychU since 2018. Dr. Jill Harkavy-Freidman sat down with PsychU to talk about how an individual can… 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

Adherence & The Role For New Technologies

Nonadherence to medication is a serious problem in mental health care. In this webinar, Dawn Velligan, PhD, and Craig Chepke, MD, will discuss the current state of adherence and the… Read More

My Promise As A Mental Health Nurse

In 2015, I embarked on an academic journey at the University of San Francisco where I completed my master’s degree in nursing and continued on to pursue my doctor of… Read More

Caregiver Wellness & Self-Care

Renée Cavallaro, a licensed clinical social worker, explains wellness and self-care, as well as why both are important for caregivers. In addition to providing some examples of self-care, Renee gives… 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

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… 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

Telehealth User Satisfaction Is High

User satisfaction is high among consumers who have used telehealth services, according to a J.D. Power survey. The overall customer satisfaction score for telehealth services is 851 (on a 1,000-point… Read More

CPAP Provides Relief From Depression

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment provides relief from depression in those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is true irrespective of how well CPAP treatment improved sleep status. There… Read More

Anxiety In Major Depressive Disorder

Dr. Deidra Couch explains the prevalence of anxiety in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), discusses the clinical prognosis of comorbid anxiety with MDD, and identifies rating scales that assess anxiety and… Read More

Sleep In Behavioral Health

In this podcast, Sana Johnson-Quijada, MD, highlights the importance of sleep in overall behavioral health and discusses goals for better sleep quality. Sleep impacts hormones and neurotransmitters. Implementing and maintaining… Read More

Improving Mental Health With Digital Technology

Becky Wong, MBA, PharmD, discusses the prevalence of mental health in America and how mental health providers can utilize technology to address consumer needs. Telepsychology, mobile applications, and medication adherence… 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

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Dr. Nicole Meade discusses suicide awareness and prevention, a topic that is extremely important to our community. Dr. Meade examines suicide statistics and terminology, such as why the phrase “committed… Read More

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Dr. Nicole Meade discusses suicide awareness and prevention, a topic that is extremely important to our community. Dr. Meade examines suicide statistics and terminology, such as why the phrase “committed… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

In this interview, Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, discusses the role a physician assistant plays in the mental health team. Physician assistants have a broad-base, primary care medical background in… Read More

Mind Full Or Mindful?

Do you have focus? I think being an executive in the health and human service space is a whole “different ballgame” than it was just a decade or two ago.… Read More

Introduction To Marijuana

Marijuana has become an ubiquitous topic of conversation, which is likely fueled by the changes and proposed changes to legislation throughout the United States. Tune in as Dr. Becky Wong,… Read More

Introduction To Opioid Use Disorder

Dr. Elizabeth DiNapoli provides a brief overview of opioid use disorder (OUD). Key points discussed include: what symptoms may be present if a person is struggling with OUD; how common… 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

Meet The Treatment Team: Psychiatrists

In this interview Sanjai Rao, MD, sits down with Monica Kim, PharmD, MBA, Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., to discuss the role a psychiatrist may… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Social Workers

In this interview Tania Hammock, LCSW, sits down with Nicole Meade, PhD, Senior Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. to discuss the role a social worker… 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

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

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 used… 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

Meet The Treatment Team: Psychologists

In this interview, Elizabeth DiNapoli, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, sat down to discuss the role a psychologist may play on the treatment team of individuals with mental illness. Meet the other… 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 intended… 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

Introduction To Schizophrenia

Dr. Nicole Meade provides a brief overview of schizophrenia. Key points include the definition, cause, diagnosis, and treatment of schizophrenia. Read More

Introduction To Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Samantha Sweeney provides a brief overview of bipolar disorder. Key points include the definition, cause, diagnosis, and treatment of bipolar disorder. 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

I’m Here…

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), is a way for both people living with a mood disorder and those who support them, to open up a… 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

There’s A Person In There

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Making Yourself A Priority

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Accept Help When It’s Offered

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

In The Workplace

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… 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

The State Of Depression In America

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and hosted by Mike Wallace, discusses the state of Depression in America, and reflects the unmet need to examine all… 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

Stigma & Disclosure

This interview, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), between DBSA President Allen Doederlein and Robert Haggard from The Living Room at Turning Point in Skokie, Illinois, highlights a… Read More

Struggling In Silence

All over the world, many individuals with mood disorders struggle in silence. This interview, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), highlights Linea Johnson as she shares her personal… 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

Molly Explains Why She Advocates

This interview, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), with Molly Jenkins, highlights Ms. Jenkin’s experiences and her passionate reasons for being a mental health advocate. Listen To The… 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

Wellness & Recovery Workbook

This tool is designed to help patients recognize and manage symptoms of schizophrenia. Patients can use it as practical support for wellness, as a daily guide, and to turn to… Read More

Preparing To Leave The Hospital

This brochure is designed to help patients with schizophrenia manage their health once they leave the hospital. It provides a brief overview on schizophrenia and the importance of medication and… Read More

A Guide For Patients: Managing Schizophrenia

This resource discusses the importance of patients working with their treatment teams, families, and friends to help manage their schizophrenia. It introduces patients to potential members of their treatment team… 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

Better Is Not Well 2014

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), highlights the “Better Is Not Well” dynamic forum, which provided a place for individuals and their families, alongside clinicians, to… Read More