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This Month, NPs and PAs are Keeping Mental Health in Mind

Posted on May 4, 2018   |   by   |   Job Seekers, Professional Development

May is Mental Health Month! Let’s recognize all the ways NPs and PAs are helping to change the perception of mental illness through compassion, empathy, and understanding.

According to NAMI, one in five Americans is affected by a mental health condition. Despite the prevalence of these disorders, many people avoid seeking help and treatment due to social stigma. In May, many organizations observe Mental Health Month in order to raise awareness of this important issue. 

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants have the power to bring hope to the millions of Americans living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. 

Free Training for NPs and PAs to Treat Opioid Addiction

In response to the opioid epidemic, a free online training course is now available for NPs and PAs to learn to treat and manage patients with opioid use disorder.

The course is made possible through a partnership of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA).

If you’re an NP or PA, NP/PA 24-Hour Buprenorphine Waiver Training will equip you to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat addiction involving opioid use.

Free Mental Health CE Courses from APNA

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is offering four free continuing education courses this month in honor of Mental Health Awareness month. If you’re an APNA member, click here and take advantage of this offer before May 31, 2018.

New First-Of-Its-Kind Behavioral Health Facility Breaks Ground

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is building the nation’s largest freestanding full-service psychiatric facility in Columbus, Ohio. Slated to open in 2020, the 386,000 square foot building will focus exclusively on the behavioral health of children and adolescents. The project is made possible by a $50 million donation from Big Lots and their foundation.

For More Info on Mental Health Month

Check out these links:

  •       National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Learn ways you can help advocate for Mental Health, join a NAMI Walks Team, fundraise for the cause, or just start a discussion.
  •       National Council for Behavioral Health: Did you know that depression is the most common mental health problem for women, or that mental health issues affect men and women differently? Get the facts and learn 7 ways you can help someone in need.

Ready for a Bright Future in Behavioral Health?

Looking for a job where you get to help your patients manage their conditions and live full lives? Check out our Psych and Behavioral Health positions nationwide.

Melnic is a nationwide search firm focused on Advanced Practice placements for APRNs and PAs. To take advantage of our specialized job matching services create your free Melnic Profile. The best part? There is never a fee for candidates to work with us!

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