Outreach & Awareness
This section provides information on strategies for outreach and engagement; materials designed to raise awareness; and general mental health resources that may be of interest to diverse audiences.
The booklet Recognizing and Helping Young People at Risk for Psychosis was created for diverse professionals working with young people. It covers information about psychosis, the course of onset and illness, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies, and suggested readings. Also, a Toolkit for Educating about Psychosis was designed for medical professionals, teachers, and health educators, and it provides information on mental illness, psychosis, early symptoms, the role of prevention and early intervention, and sample educational fact sheets and resources. Both resources were originally developed by the PIER program in Maine, and later used in conjunction with the RWJF EDIPPP demonstration.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a set of online resources under the heading “It’s Time: Innovative Community Approaches to Children’s Mental Health: Early Identification and Intervention” that includes video presentations on school-based mental health services and links between mental health and pediatrics, as well as brochures about what families want from primary care in terms of better coordination and support between primary care and mental health.
Mental Health America (MHA) has an initiative entitled “B4Stage4” designed to foster awareness and early identification/intervention for mental illness. This is an initiative to get people to act by encouraging individuals to take (and to get others to take) confidential screenings, and it offers sample tweets and Facebook posts for raising awareness and promoting help-seeking behavior.
The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by families and friends of people with schizophrenia. They are focused on education, fundraising and advocacy for persons with schizophrenia. Online materials that can promote awareness and engagement include: Fact Sheet: Early Psychosis Intervention, and Reach out Early: Psychosis Intervention Video.
The Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI), British Columbia, Canada has a comprehensive program website that promotes early detection, provides information about psychosis, and offers guidance for seeking help in a manner that helps to raise awareness and decrease stigma. The website includes information about causes, treatment, recovery, and associated problems, as well as client stories and information for family and friends.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Online materials include Early Serious Mental Illness: Guide for Faith Communities, and Supporting Students Experiencing Early Psychosis in Middle School and High School.