Research News

To ensure that we are providing the best and most current information to our members, NAMI monitors current research across the field of mental health. On this page, you can find up-to-date information from government organizations like the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), private institutions like the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, and academic and industry researchers.  

For more new stories from the National Institute of Mental Health, please visit their Science News website.

For more new stories from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, please visit their Newsletter website.

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Coordinated Specialty Care is Optimal for First Episode Psychosis

Nov 27 2018
New findings from NIMH’s Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project show that team-based coordinated specialty care (CSC) for first episode psychosis results in more optimal prescribing of antipsychotics and fewer side effects when compared to typical community care. Earlier studies had shown that CSC for first episode psychosis results in improved outcomes, but this study adds more detail and evidence for CSC as a best practice. For more about CSC, please visit the NIMH website.  

 

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Cigarette Use by Adults at an All-Time Low

Nov 08 2018
An estimated 14% of U.S. adults (34 million) were current cigarette smokers in 2017, the lowest level ever recorded. New data published by the CDC, the FDA, and the National Cancer Institute shows that the number of adults who were current cigarette smokers has declined by 67% since 1965. Adults who experience “serious psychological distress,” however, are still more than twice as likely to use tobacco products compared to adults who do not experience distress. For more information about this study, please visit the CDC website.  

 

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NIH Steps Up Funding for BRAIN Initiative

Nov 05 2018
The National Institutes of Health has announced more than 200 new funding opportunities totaling over $220 million to support the BRAIN Initiative. This exciting cross-agency effort enables researchers to use the latest scientific tools to understand the neural circuitry of the human brain. BRAIN Initiative discoveries not only help us better understand how brain biology influences behavior, they may help address critical issues like the opioid crisis. For more about the BRAIN Initiative, please visit the NIH website.