National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program
The Institute of Rural Health at ISU is the Idaho partner in the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program (OPP). This nationwide initiative is from the NIMH's Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL).
As members of the OPP, the IRH participates with other national and state organizations to strengthen the public health impact of research by disseminating the latest scientific findings; informing the public about mental disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction; and reducing the associated stigma and discrimination. The Program also provides NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in a dialog to help develop a national research agenda to improve America’s mental health.
Clinical Trial Participation
Clinical trials are the foundation of medical research. The National Institute of Mental Health conducts and funds many clinical trials for interventions relating to mental illnesses. People who participate in clinical trials test new treatments that, if proven effective, could enhance mental health treatment in the future. A guide for participants in clinical trails at the National Institute of Mental Health has more details.
To find clinical trials that are currently recruiting for participants in Idaho, go to clinicaltrials.gov. From the homepage, search for "Idaho", click "Include only open studies", then choose the "By Topic" tab to select the types of studies you're interested in. For example, you could select Conditions - By Category, then Behaviors and Mental Disorders.
You may also start your search for trials by topic at nimh.nih.gov/health/trials.
Suicide Prevention Videos
These new videos from NIMH include discussions about warning signs of suicide and critical new suicide prevention research findings:
Suicide Prevention & Research (Video) includes a discussion about warning signs as well as progress in suicide prevention.
Suicide Prevention Research (Video) includes a discussion about critical suicide prevention research.
NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Description
The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL). The Program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. The Program has a particular emphasis on reaching historically underserved populations. The Program also strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research. These partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in dialogue to better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports.
The Outreach Partnership Program is vital to NIMH’s efforts to deliver science-based information to communities across the country. Specifically, the Program is designed to:
- Foster more widespread understanding about mental disorders, the brain, and behavior, thereby helping to reduce misperceptions and negative attitudes towards mental illness;
- Increase awareness of the role of basic, translational, and clinical research in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illnesses; and
- Increase awareness about the opportunities to benefit from participation in mental health research.
There are 55 Outreach Partner organizations representing all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Outreach Partners disseminate NIMH research findings and educational materials to the public throughout their states and local communities, including families and individuals affected by mental illness, healthcare professionals, underserved populations, and other constituencies such as schools, social service agencies, and faith-based organizations. Outreach Partners also conduct targeted outreach activities to address mental disorders among children and adolescents and other populations identified to be at-risk, and mental health disparities that occur because of race, ethnicity, age (e.g., older adults), education, income, disability status, geographic location, or risk status related to sex and gender. In addition, Outreach Partners promote volunteer participation in NIMH and NIH clinical trials and often collaborate with researchers to advance the research process. Learn more about what Outreach Partners are doing to address mental health disparities and increase awareness about mental disorders during childhood and adolescence.
Outreach Partners are selected through a competitive process and serve three-year terms. Benefits provided to these organizations include an annual stipend, sponsored participation in an annual meeting, the biweekly electronic Update newsletter featuring the latest Federal news and resources related to mental health, and access to NIMH scientific and educational publications for mass dissemination. Partners are able to network among themselves and with Federal, national, and state organizations through the annual meetings and a dedicated electronic mailing list. See list of Outreach Partners...
Idaho NIMH OPP project team: firstname.lastname@example.org, (208) 282-4436
This document was developed, in part, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Idaho, and Idaho State University. However, the contents herein do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Idaho or Idaho State University. The contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of any funding agency.