Transdisciplinary Translational Prevention Research Model

Diana Fishbein, Ph.D., a behavioral neuroscientist at RTI International, and Ty Ridenour, a methodologist at University at Pittsburgh, are co-editors of a special issue, Advancing Transdisciplinary Translation for Prevention of High-Risk Behaviors, of Prevention Science that examines substance abuse prevention approaches for high-risk behaviors and addresses gaps in prevention research.  The purpose is to promote the exchange of basic, behavioral, and intervention research in the field of substance abuse prevention.  In the introduction to the special issue, Fishbein and Ridenour make the case for a transdisciplinary translational research model (see figure below) that will lead to a better understanding of what works best for whom and why.  This understanding will, in turn, facilitate the development and testing of improved, more targeted, and responsive science-based interventions that are specific to sub-groups and individuals.


Mental Health First Aid Added to Federal Registry of Evidence-based Programs

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) of the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has added Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to its database of mental health and substance abuse interventions.  Developed in Australia, the National Council for Behavioral Health and the states of Maryland and Missouri have adapted the program and have assisted in its implementation in every state in the country.

Mental Health First Aid is a certified, interactive 12-hour course designed for the public to learn about mental illnesses and addictions, including risk factors and warning signs.  Participants learn a 5-step action plan—ALGEE—to help people who are developing a mental health problem or in crisis.

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
  • Listen nonjudgmentally.
  • Give reassurance and information.
  • Encourage appropriate professional help.
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

It is a low-cost, high-impact program that emphasizes the concept of neighbors helping neighbors.  MHFA has been delivered to more than 100,000 Americans through a network of 3,500 instructors.  If you are interested in participating in a MHFA training in your area, complete an application form.

The National Council is also offering a webinar, Get Public Funding for Mental Health First Aid in Your State, on August 7, from 3:00-4:30 pm.  You can register for this free webinar by clicking here.  The webinar will review the National Council’s legislative and funding toolkit.

In addition, MHFA also offers webinars on a variety of topics related to mental health issues.