National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partnership
The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL). There are 55 Outreach Partner organizations throughout the nation. Outreach Partners disseminate NIMH research findings and educational materials to the public throughout their states and local communities, including families and individuals affected by mental illness, healthcare professionals, underserved populations, schools, social service agencies, and faith-based organizations.
The Center for Rural Health (CRH) is the NIMH Outreach Partner for North Dakota. Through this partnership, CRH provides free publications on various mental health topics. Individuals and organizations in North Dakota may request brochures to distribute at conferences, health fairs, and other events. The Outreach Partnership also provides access to information on participating in clinical trials through NIMH.
The Outreach Partnership Program is vital to NIMH’s efforts to deliver science-based information to communities across the country. Specifically, the program is designed to:
- Foster more widespread understanding about mental disorders, the brain, and behavior, which helps to reduce misperceptions and negative attitudes towards mental illness;
- Increase awareness of how research can help with the understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illnesses; and
- Increase awareness about the opportunities to benefit from participation in mental health research.
Outreach Partners are selected through a competitive process and serve three-year terms. Partners are able to network among themselves and with Federal, national, and state organizations through the annual meetings and a dedicated electronic mailing list.
There are over 80 National Partners, including professional, consumer, advocacy, and service-related organizations with a nationwide membership and/or audience. National Partners are concerned primarily with mental health, alcoholism and drug abuse disorders, but also include a broad range of groups involved in general health and medicine, social services, and education. The Outreach Partnership Program strives to connect state and national organizations with one another to build coalitions. The resulting partnerships extend outreach and educational activities to more diverse populations, allow for cost and information sharing, and help national campaigns reach the state grass roots level.