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Behavioral Health Community of Practice

The Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare & Kentucky REC, connects adult and pediatric primary care providers, specialists, and organizations. Through recorded learning sessions and other resources, behavioral health experts present best practices, tools, and resources to optimize mental health care.

Be Healthy Bash

June 8, 2024
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fayette County Extension Office
1140 Harry Sykes Way
Lexington, KY 40504

Join us for food, fun and prizes.

UK HealthCare and UK Cooperative Extension Service present the Be Healthy Bash. Eat, play and kick off summer with our free family-friendly health and wellness festival. Attendance is free, and our event is open to the public. The Be Healthy Bash will take place rain or shine! 

Embracing Mental Wellness: Empowering Clients in Their Journey

Encourage your clients to prioritize their mental health and well-being! As health providers, we understand the importance of supporting our clients in making positive changes. Let’s empower them to focus on their mental health and happiness by addressing key areas such as sleep hygiene, smoking cessation, stress management, and anxiety reduction. Our latest tip sheets offer valuable insights and practical strategies to support their journey towards better mental health. Together, let’s make it a year of transformation and well-being for our clients and their communities!

Suicide Prevention

Here are mini-videos to give you the resources you need in small bites.

988 Coverage and Usage in Kentucky
Mental Health Crisis Response Strategies
Implementing Safety Planning in Your Practice

QPR Sucide Prevention training

In the state of Kentucky, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34 while being the 13th leading cause of death overall. Be the one to help prevent suicide.

QPR stand for Question, Persuade, Refer. Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.

To learn more about this free one-hour and online suicide gatekeeper training click here.

Well-being Resources

There’s an App for That
Learn what Apps are available to help you de-stress

Power Your Body with Healthy Choices (pdf)
Energiza Tu Cuerpo Con Opciones Saludables (pdf)
Tips for building a healthier plate

Sleep Hygiene (pdf)
Tips on improving sleep

Tobacco Treatment Reimbursement Guide (pdf)
A comprehensive guide tailored for Kentucky Mental and Behavioral Healthcare Providers

Tailored Tobacco Treatment Options (pdf)
A practice tool designed to assist clinicians in deciding on the most suitable tobacco treatment options for their clients

5 A’s: Brief Interventions for Tobacco Treatment (pdf)
Delve into effective brief interventions aligning with the 5 A’s approach for seamless tobacco treatment

Tobacco Cessation Tip Sheet (pdf)
A quick reference guide providing practical tips and insights to enhance your tobacco cessation support


Help Mindfulness with Thai Chi – lead by Dr. Slocum
Thai Chi 1
Thai Chi 2

The Importance of Breathing – Dr. Jennings

Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Register for training through Mental Health America of Kentucky.

Find Out More:

What is Mental Health First Aid

Adult Mental Health First Aid Flyer

The Awkward Conversation – Conversations about mental health don’t have to be awkward. Learn how to respond when someone tells you they’re not okay by taking the Mental Health First Aid Training. Watch this helpful video.

Pediatric Behavioral Health

Here at UK HealthCare, we understand the critical role that educators and coaches play in shaping the well-being of their students and athletes. To support our frontline professionals in recognizing and supporting teens experiencing a mental health crisis, our licensed psychologist at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital developed a series of short, engaging online modules.

Additional Resources

Insights Into the Mental Health of Today’s Children

Youth Suicide Prevention in a Primary Care Setting
Webinar Recording  |  Webinar Slides (pdf)

If Your Teen is Suicidal, Here’s What You Should Do

What to do if Your Child has a Suicidal Friend

Trauma-Informed Medical Care
Webinar Recording  |  Webinar Slides (pdf)

Evaluation and Management of Anxiety and Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Webinar Slides (pdf)

How Can You Teach Your Kids to Practice Mindfulness?
Webinar Recording


Recorded May 2023

Addressing Patient Barriers with Community Resources

Session 8

  • Community Mental Health Resources
  • Addressing Health Equity and Social Drivers of Health
  • Resource: Webinar Slides

Recorded April 2023

Primary Care & Mental Health - Cross Specialty Collaboration

Session 7

  • Finding Referral Partners
  • Managing Care Together
  • Linkage Between Chronic Disease and Depression
  • Resource: Webinar Slides

Recorded March 2023

Responding to Mental Health Crises in Primary Care

Session 6

Excerpt: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – Transforming Crisis Response in Kentucky

Recorded February 2023

Brief Mental Health Interventions to Incorporate into Primary Care

Session 5

Recorded January 2023

Pharmacological Interventions to Integrate into Primary Care

Session 4

  • Evidence Based Guidelines
  • Addressing Behavioral Health Needs in Primary Care
  • Panel Discussion
  • Resource: Webinar Slides

Recorded December 2022

Expanding Access: Use of Alternative Visit Types

Session 3

Recorded November 2022

Mental Health Screening Tools

Session 2

  • Current best practices
  • Panel Discussion – Addressing positive screenings in your practice
  • Resource: Webinar Slides

Recorded October 2022

Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

Session 1

  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid & Community Support Systems
  • Panel Discussion: Using Mental Health First Aid in practice
  • Resource: Webinar Slides