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Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH’s role in the HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term SM) Initiative -- the National Institutes of Health(NIH)’s all-in, coordinated response to the opioid epidemic...Learn More
Mental illnesses are a global problem. In this director’s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses his recent trip to Nepal and Kenya to see how NIMH is helping bring cutting-edge research to bear on the problems facing individuals with mental illnesses in low-resource settings...Learn More
In this message, Dr. Gordon discusses the role of NIMH and others in the bench-to-bedside story of bexanolone, which has just been approved by the FDA as the first treatment specifically for postpartum depression...Learn More
April is Autism Awareness Month and in this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon discusses the past, present, and future of autism research...Learn More

SAMHSA News Release

By: Luis Vasquez, LICSW, Acting Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention..Learn More
By: Anne M. Herron, M.S., Acting Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment It can be overwhelming and confusing to know where to start if you need to find treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction. Addiction touches nearly everyone in some way, yet, like all health care, effective treatment must be tailored to the needs of the individual. With many addiction treatment options, finding a program that will provide the quality care you or your loved one needs to address the specific addiction issues can be challenging. These steps will help you know what to look for to find a treatment program that is high quality and tailored to your needs...Learn More
By: Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data on the ten leading causes of death in the United States recently. Tragically, suicide—too often a consequence of untreated mental illness and substance use disorders, and as such a preventable condition—remains on that list as the 10th leading cause of death for adults and the second-leading cause of death in our youth.1 Suicide rates increased from 29,199 deaths in 1996 to 47,173 deaths in 2017.2..Learn More
By: Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Cross-posted from HHS Viral Hepatitis Blog Summary:  SAMHSA chief urges grantees and partners to address infectious diseases as integral part of the response to the substance use disorders epidemic. In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent to grantees of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) late last year, Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, put a spotlight on HIV and viral hepatitis – the often hidden consequences of the substance use disorder epidemic – and called on the public health and substance abuse disorders communities to strengthen coordinated efforts to address them. She stated,..Learn More

NIMH Director's Blog

Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH’s role in the HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term SM) Initiative -- the National Institutes of Health(NIH)’s all-in, coordinated response to the opioid epidemic...Learn More
Mental illnesses are a global problem. In this director’s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses his recent trip to Nepal and Kenya to see how NIMH is helping bring cutting-edge research to bear on the problems facing individuals with mental illnesses in low-resource settings...Learn More
In this message, Dr. Gordon discusses the role of NIMH and others in the bench-to-bedside story of bexanolone, which has just been approved by the FDA as the first treatment specifically for postpartum depression...Learn More
April is Autism Awareness Month and in this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon discusses the past, present, and future of autism research...Learn More