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Office of Mental Health

OMH Publications

The Office of Mental Health (OMH) has a number of publications available. The listing below is the publications that can be downloaded and printed from the Internet. There are also some publications available for a fee. These are listed in the Printing & Design Services Catalog or call the Design Center at (518) 473–3574.


  • Anxiety Disorders PDF Document (中文 |  PyCCКИЙ  | Kreyòl Ayisyen)
    A booklet to help you identify the symptoms and causes of anxiety disorders. It will also explain how to obtain treatment and suggest ways to make such treatment more effective.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder PDF Document
    A variety of medications, behavior–changing therapies, and educational options are available to help people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) focus their attention, build self–esteem, and function in new ways.
  • Bipolar Disorder PDF Document (中文 |  PyCCКИЙ  | Kreyòl Ayisyen)
    Bipolar disorder, also know at manic–depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. Bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.
  • Color Me Hopeful PDF Document
    The Office of Mental Health has designed a coloring book filled with artwork created by the people we serve. Studies show coloring can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. It was with that in mind that OMH created this coloring book and made them available to the public at the 2016 New York State Fair.
  • Comfort Rooms PDF Document
    Provides information for service providers that are interested in developing comfort rooms and calming spaces. It has been compiled to assist in the planning and implementation process.
  • Depression PDF Document(中文 |  PyCCКИЙ  | Kreyòl Ayisyen)
    Depressive illnesses often interfere with normal functioning and cause pain and suffering not only to those who have the disorder, but also to those who care about them. There are now medications and psychosocial therapies that ease the pain of depression.
  • Eating Disorders PDF Document
    Facts about eating disorders and the search for solutions.
  • Medications PDF Document
    A booklet to help people with mental illness and their families understand how and why medications can be used as part of the treatment of mental health problems.
  • Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder Information PDF Document (中文 |  PyCCКИЙ  | Kreyòl Ayisyen)
    Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder is a normal reaction to seriously disturbing events. This booklet examines the signs, symptoms and steps you can take to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Schizophrenia PDF Document(中文 |  PyCCКИЙ  | Kreyòl Ayisyen)
    Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. However, this is a time of hope for people with schizophrenia and their families. Research is gradually leading to new and safer medications and unraveling the complex causes of the disease.

Child And Adolescent Needs And Strengths - NY (CANS-NY)


Disaster & Emergency Response

Financial Information


  • Grief Counseling Resource Guide PDF Document
    A Field Manual. This manual has been developed as a guide for those who encounter individuals reacting to trauma related grief reactions in the course of their outreach work.
  • Patient Safety Standards Guidelines
    The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a selection of materials, fixtures, furniture and hardware that OMH has reviewed and supports for use within psychiatric inpatient units in order to further the agency’s goal of reducing the risk of harm to individuals. Utilization of any of these products is not mandatory. Please take a moment to read the Introduction to Physical Plant Guidelines before using the guidelines.

Handbooks & Manuals

Mental Health Programs



Requirements & Policy Statements

Statewide Planning Documentation

Suicide Prevention

1,700 Too Many: The 2016-2017 New York State Suicide Prevention Plan PDF Document
1,700 Too Many is New York State’s plan to materially advance suicide prevention in the state. Statistically rare and yet shockingly common, suicide is a complex problem that calls for coordinated community, public health and healthcare system approaches. Through our collective action, suicide is preventable. There is hope.

Treatment Information