Dear Attendees of the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Friends of Recovery Annual Conference,
I am delighted to be participating at your event about the very real possibility of preventing mental illness at a population level in Vermont, based on the world-class research reviewed in the 2009 Institute of Medicine Report on the Prevention of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Young People.
Vermont is in a unique position in the history of America to implement strategies that could catapult our country into unparalleled wellbeing. During my work with you on Thursday, October 27, I will be discussing how the State can use the opportunity of its Health Care Initiative to do what impeccable science (and a good dose of grand-motherly wisdom) show is within our grasp:
• Prevent, avert, and/or reduce most mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
• Promote mental, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing that improves educational and workplace productivity.
When these are changed, the state’s economic wellbeing will be improved on multiple fronts, since these problems are the biggest cost centers of local, state and business operations.
If Vermont can do this, then its success can help move America into a place of greater fiscal and political safety for all our futures.
Thus, I join you with a spirit of practical optimism on Thursday, and invite you to download and share two recent papers related to our work together.
(Use this tiny hyperlink: http://bit.ly/IOM-EMBRY)
Embry, D. D. (2011). "Behavioral Vaccines and Evidence-Based Kernels: Non-pharmaceutical Approaches for the Prevention of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders." Psychiatric Clinics of North America 34(March): 1-34.
The Institute of Medicine Report on the Prevention of Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People1 (IOM Report) provides a powerful map for how the United States might significantly prevent mental illnesses and behavioral disorders like alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among America’s youth. This document is already shaping United States policies, and will almost certainly affect Canada and other countries’ policies. Mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders (MEBs) among America’s youth and young adults present a serious threat to the country’s national security2 and to our economic competitiveness compared with 22 other rich countries.3–7 Such MEBs are also the leading preventable cost center for local, state, and the federal governments.1,4 Further, safe schools, healthy working environments, and public events or places are seriously compromised by MEBs as well.
(Use this tiny hyperlink: http://bit.ly/EmbryBiglanKernels)
Embry, D. D. and A. Biglan (2008). "Evidence-Based Kernels: Fundamental Units of Behavioral Influence." Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review 11(3): 75-113.
This paper describes evidence-based kernels, fundamental units of behavioral influence that appear to u