NMHIC Blog

  • Prison Life and Smart Justice

    Teardrop Tattoos, Prison Life and Smart Justice

    Oct 1, 2018
    As we prepared to take virtual reality tools to the maximum-security Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, Alaska, we had been somewhat unsure of what to expect and some on our team were a bit apprehensive. But, the Alaska Department of Corrections had invited us, asked us to bring therapeutic virtual reality for a test, to get feedback from inmates and officials, as a first step toward evaluating VR’s potential to enhance prison safety and reduce recidivism after convicts had served their time.
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  • Olympics, Technology and Inspiration

    Olympics, Technology and Inspiration

    Jun 22, 2018
    One thing our team at NMHIC will recall is the technology that is wrapping these games. Tech has always been a part of the Olympics, from uniforms and equipment design to timekeeping and more. But this year, tech is seemingly putting on a show of its own.
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  • mental  illness and business

    Lesson: Mental Illness and American Business

    Sep 18, 2017
    Loss of productivity, absenteeism, employee turnover, workplace accidents and disability: these are just a few of the costly results from mental illness in the workplace. The impact of mental illness to the U.S. economy is an estimated $300 billion a year, with business absorbing half of that, as one in five adults struggles with mental illness in any given year.
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  • Finding Resiliency in a Pressure Cooker

    Finding Resiliency in a Pressure Cooker

    Sep 12, 2017
    Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Even suicide. All are part of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, where mental health resiliency can be overlooked as a vital part of success.
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  • LIVE Blogging from the Colorado Health Foundation Symposium

    LIVE Blogging from the Colorado Health Foundation Symposium

    Aug 3, 2017
    After one final virtual reality demo lab, we are packing up and heading home to the National Behavioral Health Innovation office on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Check out our live blog posting for details of our day.
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  • Tech and Mental Health

    Tech and Mental Health

    Jun 11, 2017
    Mental health technology is on a tear. It seems every time we look around there is a new app or program aimed at mental health needs. It’s exciting to see technology added to traditional mental health care treatments and professional training, as tech can bring greater access, mobility and potentially, better outcomes.
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  • Building Mental Health Advocates Through Faith-Based Outreach

    Building Strong Mental Health Advocates Through Faith-Based Outreach

    May 22, 2017
    As mental health advocates all over the world continue to empower non-traditional caregivers in order to extend mental health support, the Veteran’s Administration is in the process of pioneering the faith-based VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy program.
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  • Virtual Reality, Baseball and Mental Health

    Virtual Reality, Baseball and Mental Health

    May 1, 2017
    It’s not every day that the University Chancellor takes a virtual reality spin around a major league baseball stadium and meditates for the first time. Not at the same time, of course. But both happened this morning as we peeked around the corner to see the future of mental health.
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  • National Network of Depression Centers Weighs in on “13 Reasons Why”

    National Network of Depression Centers Weighs in on “13 Reasons Why”

    Apr 17, 2017
    “13 Reasons Why” is a new Netflix original series depicting the events surrounding the suicide of fictional high schooler Hannah Baker.While the show does draw attention to youth suicide, it unfortunately does so in an irresponsible, and potentially fatal, way.
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  • Task Shifting Our Way to Better Mental Health

    Task Shifting Our Way to Better Mental Health

    Mar 28, 2017
    Some of my colleagues and I had the opportunity recently to spend an hour on the phone with Vikram Patel, who is best known for his work on mental health in low-resource areas. Our conversation shook my world view in a wonderful and helpful way. I was particularly taken with our discussion on task shifting.
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