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Idaho Partner in the National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partnership Program

Part of a national initiative to increase public awareness of mental illness and mental health issues.

The Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University (ISU) is the Idaho Partner in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program. As a member of the Outreach Partnership Program, the Institute of Rural Health participates with other national and state organizations to strengthen the impact of public health research by disseminating the latest scientific findings; informing the public about mental illnesses; and reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The program also provides National Institute of Mental Health with the opportunity to engage community organizations in a dialogue to help develop a national research agenda to improve America’s mental health.


Clinical Trial Participation

Clinical trials are the foundation of medical research. NIMH conducts and funds many clinical trials for interventions relating to mental illnesses. People who participate in clinical trials test new treatments that, if proven effective, could enhance mental health treatment in the future.  NIMH offers a fact sheet about participating in trials. Clinical Research Trials and FAQ

To find clinical trials that are currently recruiting participants in Idaho, go to You may also start your search for  NIMH-funded trials by topic at NIMH Trials. For more clinical trials, including general information about trials and links to additional resources about study protection, go to the NIMH trails page: Clinical Trials Information for Participants

Clinical research is a vital part of emerging medicine and discovery within the medical community. For more information about participating in clinical research trials, please click on the following link:   Resources and Information about Clinical Trials

NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Description

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). The program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. The program has a particular emphasis on reaching historically underserved populations and strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research. These partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports.                       


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 of mental disorders, the brain, and behavior, thereby helping to reduce misperceptions and negative attitudes towards mental illness;
  • Increase awareness of the role of basic, translational, and clinical research in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illnesses; and
  • Increase awareness about the opportunities to benefit from participation in mental health research.

Outreach Partners

There are 55 Outreach Partner organizations representing all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 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, health care professionals, underserved populations, and other constituencies such as schools, social service agencies, and faith-based organizations. Outreach Partners also conduct targeted outreach activities to address mental disorders among children and adolescents and other populations identified to be at-risk, and mental health disparities that occur because of race, ethnicity, age (e.g., older adults), education, income, disability status, geographic location, or risk status related to sex and gender. In addition, Outreach Partners promote volunteer participation in NIMH and NIH clinical trials and often collaborate with researchers to advance the research process.

Outreach Partners are selected through a competitive process. Benefits provided to these organizations include an annual stipend, sponsored participation in an annual meeting, the bimonthly electronic update newsletter featuring the latest federal news and resources related to mental health, and access to NIMH scientific and educational publications for mass dissemination. Partners are able to network among themselves and with federal, national, and state organizations through the annual meetings and a dedicated electronic mailing list. Using the resources provided through the Outreach Partnership Program, the Institute of Rural Health conducts many public health studies, the most recent of which was focused on the effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries on the health of affected individuals. As part of the Outreach Partnership Program, a Mental Health E-News Letter is sent out bi-monthly which allows for dissemination of public health research and information to a wide range of individuals. For more information and to sign up to receive the Mental Health ENews, click the following link ENews Letter. The Institute of Rural Health also acts as a resource to the community and disseminates information about mental health through the use of informational brochures provided by NIMH. Topics include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and social phobia. To request brochures for personal or business use, please use the contact information provided below.

Contact us:

Idaho NIMH OPP project team:

Phone: (208) 282-4436

Twitter: @ID_MentalHealth