Finding Resiliency in a Pressure Cooker

Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Even suicide.  All are part of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, where mental health resiliency can be overlooked as a vital part of success. It is time to change that, according to Resiliency Psychologist for the CU School of Medicine, Abbie Beacham, PhD.  “Being in a professional training or a graduate school is extremely stressful,” she explains. …

LIVE Blogging from the Colorado Health Foundation Symposium

AUGUST 3, 2017  4:00 p.m. And it’s a wrap!  After one final virtual reality demo lab, we are packing up and heading home to the National Behavioral Health Innovation office on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. We were delighted by the many people who stopped by to learn and engage.  Our thanks to the CHS17 host, The Colorado Health Foundation. …

Tech and Mental Health

Mental health technology is on a tear. It seems every time we look around there is a new app or program aimed at mental health needs.  It’s exciting to see technology added to traditional mental health care treatments and professional training, as tech can bring greater access, mobility and potentially, better outcomes. Recently, we ran across podcasts that caught our …

VA faith-based mental health

Building Strong Mental Health Advocates Through Faith-Based Outreach

VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy Innovates with Faith-Based Mental Health Outreach By Susan Churchill,  NBHIC Board of Directors As mental health advocates all over the world continue to empower non-traditional caregivers in order to extend mental health support, the Veteran’s Administration is in the process of pioneering the faith-based VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy program. This is the VA’s way of not …

Task Shifting Our Way to Better Mental Health

 By Peggy Hill, M.S., M.S. Ed.,  NBHIC Deputy Director Some of my colleagues and I had the opportunity recently to spend an hour on the phone with Vikram Patel, who is best known for his work on mental health in low-resource areas. Dr. Patel’s credentials are long and impressive — co-director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the …

National Network of Depression Centers Weighs in on “13 Reasons Why”

Our thanks to the National Network of Depression Centers for this important insight on a controversial show about suicide: May 1, 2017, by NNDC “13 Reasons Why” is a new Netflix original series depicting the events surrounding the suicide of fictional high schooler Hannah Baker. Praised by some as an unflinching account of high school life, the show covers everything …

Virtual Reality, Baseball and Mental Health

It’s not every day that the University Chancellor takes a virtual reality spin around a major league baseball stadium and meditates for the first time.  Not at the same time, of course.  But both happened this morning as we peeked around the corner to see the future of mental health. This happened when the team from Limbix, a Silicon Valley …

Welcome To Our New Website!

Welcome to our new website! We hope that you’ll stick around for a bit and check out what the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center is all about. More importantly, learn what is happening in the world of mental health – and what needs to happen to better support people struggling with illness. NBHIC is just about a year old and …