NAMI is committed to improving the lives of people impacted by mental health conditions through effective treatments, equitable public policies, and greater knowledge and understanding in society. Research is essential to advance each of these goals. When NAMI is approached to be involved in research of any type, at any level, we take it very seriously. NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth and National Director of Research and Quality Assurance Dr. Teri Brister thoroughly review the research protocols and methodology and the documentation that the study has been approved an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assure the safety of those involved.
NAMI does not accept financial compensation for recruiting research participants. NAMI also does not endorse any products or treatments. We share these research opportunity notices with you, our field leaders, to distribute at your discretion if you believe that members of your community may be interested in participating in these studies.
WHAT IS THE STUDY?
This study is an anonymous online survey and interactive activity. The goal of the study is to learn more about how mental health conditions like anxiety and depression may affect a person’s ability to pay attention and think clearly. Participants will be asked to download a free and secure program to their computer to participate in the interactive activity. Total participation time is approximately 30-45 minutes.
Participants who complete the survey and interactive activity will receive a $10 gift card in appreciation for their time. Five participants will also be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Participants may be eligible for this study if they:
- Are aged 18 or older
- Are comfortable using a computer keyboard for 30-45 minutes
- Are not experiencing a psychotic episode
- Are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, other than usual prescription medication
There will be approximately 130 people participating in this study.
WHERE IS THE STUDY TAKING PLACE?
This study takes place entirely online. To view the consent form and participate in the study, please visit the webpage: https://und.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1BOP7Hm4ngHhh2J
HOW DO I LEARN MORE?
The document attached has additional information about the study. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the study webpage or contact the researchers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you had direct contact with the Police?
The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) is working to increase participation in evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention education and stigma reduction programs by 20% in order to reduce emergency department visits related to mental health conditions and decrease suicide rates in Howard County. HCLHIC partner organizations including: Howard County General Hospital, Grassroots Crisis Intervention, Humanim and the Mental Health Association of Maryland are collaborating to make these programs accessible to the community.
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Police expand voluntary “flagging” program for calls to 911
Howard County police are expanding a program in which residents can voluntarily “flag” their address in the 911 system to make police aware of a family member with a disability. The program began through a partnership with autism advocates in 2012, but has expanded to include other information residents believe would be relevant to a police response, if 911 is ever called.
- Intellectual, developmental or degenerative disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Mental health diagnoses
- Other behavior that may affect police response
NAMI Howard County is committed to improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy, and to increasing awareness of mental illness throughout the community. We are the local voice for mental illness!!
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and local level.