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The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), just released the 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and accompanying Federal Action Plan.

Watch the HHS Secretary explain in 90 seconds this groundbreaking new initiative and how YOU can help. "Suicide is a complex public health problem, tragically impacting our friends, family members, neighbors and community members nationwide," said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. "The Biden-Harris Administration has consistently prioritized the health and well-being of Americans and this strategy—and the unprecedented interagency coordination demonstrated in the federal action plan—commits to the American people that we are here for you."

Read more about the National Strategy and Federal Action Plan

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Help end the stigma and promote awareness for Mental Health by downloading toolkits, posting on social media, and helping support others by "Seizing the Awkward" and having important conversations.

Excessive Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders: A Policy Brief of the American College of Physicians

by Annals of Internal Medicine

by Ryan Crowley, BSJ; David Hilden, MD, MPH; and Micah Beachy, DO; for the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians

In this policy brief, the American College of Physicians outlines the health effects of excessive alcohol use and alcohol use disorder, calls for policy changes to increase the availability of treatment of alcohol use disorder and excessive alcohol use, and recommends alcohol-related public health interventions.

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Immediate Impact of an 8-Week Virtual Reality Educational Program on Burnout and Work Engagement Among Health Care Professionals: Pre-Post Pilot Study

The study provides initial data supporting the effectiveness of VR-based educational programs for reducing burnout and enhancing work engagement among health care professionals.

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NAM Health Leaders Accelerate Well-Being

At the inaugural Health Workforce Well-Being Day in March 2024, NAM announced more than 350 health care institutions nationwide have signed up to NAM's Change Maker Campaign. As part of this Campaign, the NAM Clinician Well-Being Collaborative engaged about 15 Change Makers in a Photovoice project to depict what institutionalizing health worker well-being as a value looks like in their organization, through their own eyes.

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Back to the May 17, 2024 issue of ACP IM Thriving