As we all are well aware, children in our region and around the country are experiencing a mental health crisis. We have felt it acutely here at Le Bonheur and many of us have had thoughts about ways to advocate for change.
At Le Bonheur, we have an opportunity to build the system change we want to see as we continue to expand our mental health strategy and partnerships. We were one of 16 children’s hospitals in the country to receive Preventing Youth Suicide: A Cardinal Health Foundation National Collaborative grant from the Children's Hospital Association, Cardinal Health Foundation and the Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI) at the Education Development Center (EDC).
Le Bonheur’s program will be called Hope Journey. Over the next two years, we will engage with our entire Le Bonheur family to implement a system-wide transformation to better care for children who are at risk of suicide. We will pilot these efforts first in our Emergency Departments and inpatient units and then expand to outpatient and community settings.
We will begin our Hope Journey with a survey of Emergency Department and inpatient Associates to determine our knowledge and comfort levels of dealing with children at risk of suicide.
We are thrilled to be a part of the first national collaborative program intended to develop a pediatric-specific approach to address the youth mental health crisis and improve suicide care in children's hospitals by using data-backed strategies. This will help us tweak our current suicide prevention processes, support our Associates and ensure that we are doing what’s best for our patients and their families.
This Suicide and Crisis Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day. When people call, text or chat with the 988 Lifeline, they are connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing 988 Lifeline network, made up of over 200 local crisis centers. These counselors are trained to provide free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress and connect them to resources. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, across the United States.
Answer the call! 988 Lifeline centers are looking to bring on new volunteers and paid employees. You will receive training. If you are looking to make a difference for those in crisis, apply today. Find your opportunity at https://988lifeline.org/careers/.
Mental Health America of the Mid-South
Mental Health America of the Mid-South provides resources including a Mental Health Treatment Locator, a Glossary of Mental Health Services, Addiction Treatment Locator, Mental Health Screening, Suicide Prevention and Caregiver Support. Mental Health America of the Mid-South’s mission is to improve the lives of persons living with mental health challenges by advocating for improved public policy, educating health service providers, and connecting individuals to the right help at the right time.
Connect with resources at https://midsouthmentalhealth.org/.
TCAPES (Tennessee Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Education and Support) supports the integration of mental health care into pediatric primary care. TCAPES provides same-day telephone consultation with a mental health provider, behavioral health training (with CME credit) for providers and assistance with finding community behavioral health resources and services.
TCAPES will help address the increasing behavioral health needs of children and adolescents and the mental health provider shortages in Tennessee. TCAPES is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration or HRSA.
The purpose of TCAPES is to provide pediatricians in Tennessee, with training on screening and management of behavioral health conditions, assistance in finding community resources and access to pediatric and adolescent psychiatry consultation services. Mental health consultation services are for pediatricians with practice locations within Tennessee.
Providers and practices serving the pediatric age group (less than 21 years of age) within the state of Tennessee can enroll at no cost to the provider. When you call for a consultation, you will be asked for your name and contact information, patient name and demographics and reason for the call.
The TCAPES consult line is a provider-to-provider consultation line. It is not for patients or parents.
Phone/Consult Line: (901)395-2124
Be HiP (Behavioral Health in Pediatrics) offers in office and regional trainings with sessions that cover tools and strategies to screen for, assess and manage patients with behavioral and substance abuse concerns. Participants will learn strategies for a more efficient workflow and more effective care.
Be HiP offers both in person and online training modules
- Office-Based Training: TNAPP BeHiP faculty are available to present a 3-hour virtual or in-person office-based training to pediatric medical providers and their staff, covering a variety of behavioral health topics and tailored to the needs of the practice. Potential topics include toxic stress, ACEs, trauma-informed care, screening tools, office-based interventions, navigating the Department of Children's Services system, psycho-pharmacology, coding and workflow, and more! Trainings are scheduled when it’s convenient for you and are provided at no cost.
Online Training Modules: The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics presents the Behavioral Health in Pediatrics (BeHiP) online training modules which provide pediatric healthcare providers with tools and strategies to screen for, assess and manage patients with emotional, behavioral and or substance abuse concerns. All of the online training modules, including CME credit, are available for FREE at https://tnaap.org/programs/behip/online-training-modules/.
Contact: Elaine Riley, MA BeHiP Program Manager
Phone: (615) 653-6276