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Brain and Mental Health
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Based on over 30 years of research funded by the NIH, the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program is the most widely used, empirically based approach to helping couples build emotional safety and effectively manage issues and conflict.
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- The Program works with couples to build and strengthen relationship skills, including communication and conflict management.
- Couples who complete the Program report up to 90% reductions in physical aggression through a 10-month follow-up compared to couples who received an alternative approach.
- Other outcomes of the Program include reductions in high-risk sexual behaviors, substance use, and weapon-carrying, and increases in relationship satisfaction and well-being.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
NIH-funded research led to the development of exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which was once thought to be untreatable. With improvement in symptoms in over half of patients, ERP is now the first treatment therapists turn to for OCD.
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- OCD is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that they feel the urge to repeat over and over.
- In ERP, people with OCD are gradually exposed to fear-provoking or discomforting stimuli related to their obsessions to help them practice resisting the urge to engage in compulsive behaviors.
- ERP can be used in parallel with medication and can also be helpful for people who do not respond to medication.
Developed in part thanks to NIH research, exposure therapy is now considered the gold standard for treating phobias. For those who complete treatment, 80-90% report their fear significantly reduced or completely eliminated.
- Exposure therapy enables patients to overcome anxieties by gradually introducing them to feared scenarios or objects in a safe environment, often starting with small, indirect exposures, before progressing to more direct exposures.
- Behavior changes in response to a specific phobia is often maintained long-term, with 90% of patients still showing significant reduction in fear, avoidance, and overall level of impairment after 4 years, and 65% no longer having a specific phobia.
Through NIH-funded research and clinical trials, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is now the gold standard behavioral treatment for depression.
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- About 1 out of every 6 adults will have depression at some time in their life, and depression affects about 16 million American adults every year.
- NIH has funded over a thousand clinical trials on CBT and depression since the 1970s.
- CBT has been studied and adapted for children, adolescents, couples, and families.
- Other forms of CBT, such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, have also been developed and used to treat depression.
- Components of CBT have been found to be as effective as antidepressant medication in treating depression.
NIH-supported research led to more effective methods of treatment for early-stage psychosis and schizophrenia. More than 14,000 people per year in the U.S., are treated for schizophrenia using these best practices, and they experience substantially improved quality of life.
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- NIH research shows that early treatment of psychosis increases the chance of successful recovery.
- In addition to greater improvement in symptoms, quality of life, and work/school participation, this research also demonstrates that these treatment programs can be implemented in community-based settings.
- These best practices developed by NIH researchers are now the standard treatment for early psychosis, per the American Psychiatric Association’s Practice Guideline on Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia.
Mental Health Treatment
NIH-supported research on addiction has informed public health policies, such as the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MPHAEA), which requires insurance providers to give the same coverage for substance use disorders and other mental illnesses as for other medical illnesses.
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- Decades of NIH-funded research has led to understanding addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder.
- Rather than a moral weakness or a lack of willpower, we now know that addiction is characterized by changes in brain circuitry that interfere with the ability to exert self-control over substance use.
- NIH research has informed public health policies, such as MPHAEA, which are associated with increased enrollment and use of outpatient treatment services and reduced spending on emergency department visits and hospital stays among patients with substance use disorders.
NIH played a significant role in the development of the mood stabilizer lithium carbonate—one of the first medications used successfully to treat several psychiatric disorders—that continues to be used around the world today. Informed by NIH-supported research, current practice guidelines for bipolar disorder now include mood stabilizer medication as the first-line treatment.
- Mood stabilizers are typically used to treat bipolar disorder and mood changes associated with other mental disorders.
- In 1969, a seminal study at NIH showed the effectiveness of lithium carbonate treatment in depression and mania.
- Lithium is on the WHO’s List of Essential Medicines and continues to be used widely—especially in the treatment of bipolar disorder—impacting the lives of countless people around the world.
- The NIH Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD) program showed the importance of mood stabilizer medication as the first-line treatment for bipolar disorder.
Deep Brain Stimulation
NIH made significant contributions to the development of deep brain stimulation (DBS), a treatment that can offer patients relief from symptoms in Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders. By 2021, more than 200,000 DBS devices were estimated to have been implanted worldwide.
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- NIH-supported research contributed to the development and clinical application of DBS, and a major clinical trial showed DBS for Parkinson’s disease was superior to L-DOPA, the current gold standard treatment alone.
- FDA approved the first DBS device for Parkinson’s disease in 2002, and devices are also approved or used experimentally for essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy, Tourette syndrome, treatment-resistant depression, and chronic pain.
- In 2009, FDA approved DBS for treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder under a Humanitarian Device Exemption.
Before the early 2000s, the only sure way to know whether a person had Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia was after death through autopsy. Thanks to NIH-supported research, tests are now available to help doctors identify biomarkers—biological indicators of disease—associated with these diseases in a living person.
- Biomarkers are measurable indicators of what’s happening in the body, and can be found in blood, other body fluids, organs, and tissues.
- NIH supported the initial development of the PrecivityAD™ blood test, a commercially available tool for detecting biomarkers for beta-amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
- As treatments for dementia emerge, these tests will help doctors deliver the right treatment in the right place at the right time to patients.
Each year in the U.S. people have more than 800,000 strokes. NIH has worked to increase public awareness around stroke through the Know Stroke campaign, which has reached millions of people.
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- Stroke is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.
- NIH developed the Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time. campaign to help educate the public about the symptoms of stroke and the importance of getting to the hospital quickly. NIH also launched the related Mind Your Risks ® campaign, focused on blood pressure control for the prevention of stroke and dementia.
- These campaigns include public outreach using mass media, grassroots outreach, partnerships, and community education.
NIH played a major role in the development of the clot-busting medicine tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which was the first treatment for strokes caused by blood clots and remains a frontline therapy. Approved by FDA in 1996, tPA transformed stroke care to enable rapid intervention and was an impetus for future treatments.
- Ischemic stroke is caused by the blockage of a vessel supplying blood to the brain.
- When administered quickly after stroke onset, tPA helps to restore blood flow to brain regions affected by an ischemic stroke, limiting the risk of damage and impairment.
- Hundreds of hospitals around the U.S. now have resources and protocols to rapidly diagnose a stroke with brain imaging and administer tPA.
- NIH supported development of tPA, from funding early studies to leading pivotal clinical trials that established its safety and effectiveness.
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- Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/disorders/deep-brain-stimulation-movement-disorders
- Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/about-ninds/impact/ninds-contributions-approved-therapies/deep-brain-stimulation-dbs-treatment-parkinsons-disease-and-other-movement-disorders
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In recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgement of the important role mental health plays in achieving global development goals, as illustrated by the inclusion of mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions.
Despite progress in some countries, people with mental health conditions often experience severe human rights violations, discrimination, and stigma.
Many mental health conditions can be effectively treated at relatively low cost, yet the gap between people needing care and those with access to care remains substantial. Effective treatment coverage remains extremely low.
Increased investment is required on all fronts: for mental health awareness to increase understanding and reduce stigma; for efforts to increase access to quality mental health care and effective treatments; and for research to identify new treatments and improve existing treatments for all mental disorders. In 2019, WHO launched the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023): Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health to ensure access to quality and affordable care for mental health conditions in 12 priority countries to 100 million more people.
In 2022, WHO launched the World Mental Health Report: Transforming Mental health for All.
Mental health conditions are increasing worldwide. Mainly because of demographic changes, there has been a 13% rise in mental health conditions and substance use disorders in the last decade (to 2017). Mental health conditions now cause 1 in 5 years lived with disability. Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental health condition, with suicide the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Approximately one in five people in post-conflict settings have a mental health condition.
Mental health conditions can have a substantial effect on all areas of life, such as school or work performance, relationships with family and friends and ability to participate in the community. Two of the most common mental health conditions, depression and anxiety, cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year.
Despite these figures, the global median of government health expenditure that goes to mental health is less than 2%.
WHO works with Member States and partners to improve the mental health of individuals and society at large. This includes the promotion of mental well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, and efforts to increase access to quality mental health care that respects people’s human rights. In 2019, WHO launched the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023): Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health to ensure access to quality and affordable care for mental health conditions in 12 priority countries to 100 million more people.
WHO’s mental health activities cover normative activities and country support activities. WHO has helped extend mental health care in more than 110 countries and is active in the following areas: integration in general health care (through the Mental Health Gap Action Programme, mhGAP) and in disease or topic-specific programmes such as those for HIV, tuberculosis and gender-based violence; suicide prevention; workforce development for mental health; promotion of the quality of care and the rights of people receiving care (QualityRights); mental health policy and legislation; mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian emergencies; development and testing of innovative psychological interventions including digital interventions; mental health in the workplace; mental health economics; the mental health of children and adolescents; and mental health promotion.
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Understanding Mental Health as a Public Health Issue
Poor mental health not only affects a person’s ability to live a fulfilling life and carry on with their school, work, or familial responsibilities; it also can lead to physical and social problems with serious impacts. By advocating for prevention and developing effective interventions, public health professionals help individuals and communities combat mental health issues.
Mental Health as a Public Health Issue
Public health aims to promote healthy lifestyles, as well as to detect, prevent, and respond to diseases. The prevalence of mental health issues that affect individuals’ physical and social well-being makes dealing with mental health integral to achieving public health goals.
To begin with, mental health has a huge impact on how people relate to others, make decisions, and handle stress. People’s ability to live fulfilling lives often depends on their mental health. This makes protecting and restoring mental health of immediate concern to public health professionals.
Mental Health and Social Relationships
Poor mental health influences people’s relationships with their children, spouses, relatives, friends, and co-workers. Often, poor mental health leads to problems such as social isolation, which disrupts a person’s communication and interactions with others. This can have particularly harmful effects on children and adolescents whose development depends on forming bonds with their family members and peers. In adulthood, this social isolation can lead to family breakdown, divorce, or even childhood neglect.
Mental health problems frequently put financial and emotional strain on families. For example, a family trying to address a child’s mental illness may exhaust untold funds in search of treatment. Individual family members may also struggle to cope with their own symptoms that require support, such as depression or sleeping problems.
Children who have family members experiencing mental health problems may blame themselves. This can result in loneliness and feelings of being different. It may also lead to future behavioral or social problems. Additionally, as families address their loved ones’ mental health problems, they may socially isolate out of fear of judgment from others, further disrupting their emotional well-being.
Mental Health and Substance Misuse
A clear relationship exists between mental health issues and substance misuse. Each can lead to the other. In fact, one in four people with a serious mental illness also has a substance use disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that people with mental health issues are also at greater risk of using nonprescription opioids.
People with mental illness consume substances that harm their health at higher rates than people without mental health issues, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Consider the following statistics: 37 percent of individuals with severe mental health issues smoke cigarettes, while only 16 percent of people without mental health issues smoke; nearly a third of adults with severe mental health issues are binge drinkers, compared to a quarter of people without mental health issues who report binge drinking.
Additionally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an increased risk for the development of substance use disorders among children and adolescents with mental disorders. The research shows that children develop mental health issues such as depression and anxiety before they develop substance use disorders, suggesting mental health issues lead to problems with alcohol and drugs.
Mental Health and School
Evidence suggests that poor mental health affects people’s educational success. Many students experiencing mental health issues struggle to form positive relationships with their teachers. They may also find it difficult to concentrate, feel motivated, or follow school rules. This often results in disciplinary measures that can interrupt their learning process.
According to the Child Mind Institute, the suspension/expulsion rate for students with emotional disturbances, for example, is 64 percent. Additionally, every year nearly 28,000 students with mental health issues and other health issues drop out of school. These individuals who drop out are 63 times more likely to end up in jail than college graduates. People with no high school diploma also live 9.2 years less than high school graduates.
Public health professionals know that education levels play an important role in many aspects of a person’s wellness and quality of life. In fact, greater levels of health correlate with higher levels of education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the mortality rates of people with some college are half of those of people who never attend college. Rates of diabetes and asthma are also lower for people who attain higher levels of education.
Mental Health and Work
Mental health issues can also lead to struggles at work. Mental health issues often reduce concentration, which can compromise a person’s productivity. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that difficulty focusing often accompanies depression. Reduced productivity can limit one’s ability to earn promotions, excel, and build successful relationships with supervisors and co-workers, which ultimately affects job satisfaction. Mental health issues can also lead to increased absenteeism at work. This can result in job loss or reduced hours, which affects a person’s ability to earn a living.
Job loss can result in the loss of health insurance, and the loss of health insurance reduces people’s access to health care, which can result in untreated health conditions and the inability to receive preventive care. A diminished ability to earn a living can also lead to poverty, which affects people’s ability to find housing and receive a quality education, among other things.
Mental Health and Physical Wellness
Mental health issues influence the onset, development, and effects of physical illnesses. Often, high-risk behaviors such as substance misuse and physical inactivity correlate with poor mental health. Research also indicates that mental illness could reduce life expectancy by 20 years, according to a 2019 study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. The study found people with depression have a 40 percent higher chance of developing cardiac disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes than the general population. In addition, the study found that mental illness can reduce life expectancy by up to 20 years. Such statistics highlight that public health and mental health are two sides of the same coin.
Mental Health and Marginalized Communities
Marginalized communities consistently experience worse mental health than other communities for preventable reasons. Racial, gender, and sexual minorities, as well as people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, often find themselves particularly hard hit by mental health issues.
Case in point, Black individuals make up about 12 percent of the US population, but as a result of historical social, economic, and political inequalities, they comprise around 40 percent of those who are homeless, 50 percent of those who are incarcerated, and 45 percent of the children in foster care. Homelessness, prison, and experience in the foster care system all increase a person’s probability of having a mental health condition. As such, Black individuals are often at greater risk for mental illness than others. Consider the following additional mental health disparities among marginalized communities reported by the American Psychiatric Association:
- Up to 75 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system, who are disproportionately from racial and ethnic minorities, have mental health disorders.
- Minority youth who have behavioral problems are more likely to be referred to the juvenile justice system than to healthcare providers, compared to non-minority youth.
- LGBTQ individuals experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse at a rate 2.5 times higher than heterosexual individuals.
- Healthcare providers are less likely to offer African-American patients evidence-based medication therapy or psychotherapy than other populations.
Factors contributing to mental health disparities among marginalized communities include limitations to health care access and negative perceptions about mental health treatment.
Poor Access to Mental Health Care Services
Marginalized communities face many barriers to receiving needed mental health care. For one, individuals from these communities are overrepresented in jobs that do not provide health insurance. Without health insurance, few can afford any type of mental health care service.
Historically, people from marginalized backgrounds with insurance have encountered discrimination when receiving care or disparate treatment. For instance, Black individuals are offered medication and therapy for their mental health issues at lower rates than the general population, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
A lack of cultural competency among mental health care providers can diminish the quality of care marginalized individuals receive as well. According to Mental Health America, the fact that less than 2 percent of American Psychological Association members are Black makes it especially difficult for Black individuals to receive culturally competent care. Organizations that influence treatment approaches need more reflective representation within their ranks to expand marginalized communities’ access to mental health care.
Therapeutic relationships depend on understanding and comfort. A lack of diverse representation in the mental health field can limit both and makes it harder for mental health professionals to understand their patients’ identities and address them openly.
Finally, language barriers and implicit bias can interfere with access to mental health services, resulting in individuals giving up on treatment or not recovering completely. Additionally, many marginalized people have fewer mental health professionals in their communities, which can pose challenges to accessing care as well.
Cultural Stigmas and Negative Perceptions About Mental Illness
Cultural stigmas and negative perceptions about mental illness can discourage individuals from getting help. Attitudes about mental health issues vary among different communities. Both religious ideas and cultural perceptions can shape how people feel about getting mental health care.
Sometimes these ideas and perceptions stigmatize mental illness, which can prevent people from seeking treatment for themselves or loved ones. In some cases, communities may discourage men from showing any signs of weakness. This can result in reticence among men to seek needed mental health treatments.
Understanding different cultural perceptions about mental health is key to developing culturally sensitive programs and services accessible to members of all communities.
The Role of Public Health Professionals in Promoting Mental Health
Public health professionals play a key role in tackling the factors that adversely influence mental health. Addressing a community’s well-being requires a comprehensive approach. To promote mental health, public health professionals find ways to prevent mental disorders, improve access to mental health services, support recovery, and lower the rate of death, disease, and disability among those with mental illnesses. They also work to increase awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigmas, so people can get the treatment they need. Finally, they strive to eliminate health disparities and provide equitable access to health services.
Prevention and Intervention
Public health professionals develop programs that address the factors that contribute to poor mental health or focus on intervention methods known to foster good mental health. Identifying risk factors for mental illness, such as trauma and chronic health conditions, plays an important role in implementing prevention programs. Identifying risk factors also allows for early intervention. Examples of prevention and intervention strategies that can promote mental health include early childhood programs, programs for older adults, and violence prevention initiatives.
Early Childhood Programs
Early childhood intervention programs for at-risk children offer stable, emotionally supportive environments, learning opportunities, and interactions that stimulate development. These efforts help positively shape the architecture of children’s brains and can improve their chances of experiencing sound mental health throughout their lives.
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) program, for example, helps families and adults who work with young children strengthen their ability to cultivate healthy environments that support a child’s social and emotional development. The program aims to respond before intervention is required.
IECMHC brings mental health consultants to childcare centers, homes, and preschools where they may engage in the following:
- Consult with preschool staff, sharing strategies and insights regarding how to handle the mental health needs of families with infants and young children.
- Provide childcare staff with referral information for mental health services appropriate for young children.
- Consult with administrators regarding policies that support mental health and provide information about the effects of policies, such as expulsion, that affect mental health.
Programs for Older Adults
Programs that support older populations who face isolation may offer social activities, interactions with the community, and assistance dealing with other social and emotional issues. Such programs offer vital support to older adults, 20 percent of whom experience some kind of mental health issue, according to the CDC.
A recent study published by the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health found the most effective mental health intervention programs for older adults tend to have certain characteristics in common:
- They take into account the individual needs and preferences of the older adults so as to develop motivation. Participant motivation is key to improving mental health in this population.
- They continuously adjust to the changing physical, cognitive, social, and mental functioning levels of the older adults they serve.
- They prioritize group-based intervention strategies that offer a social component.
The National Council on Aging lists several programs that can improve older adults’ mental well-being:
- Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression Empowering Activities for Seniors) aims to detect and mitigate depression symptoms in seniors who have chronic conditions or limited abilities to function. The program screens and assesses older adults and provides education and referrals for mental health professionals as appropriate.
- Brief Intervention and Treatment for Elders (BRITE) provides substance abuse intervention for seniors. The program offers substance abuse screening, identifies nondependent use of substances and prescription medication issues, and offers intervention strategies that prevent those issues from requiring extensive substance abuse treatment.
Violence Prevention Initiatives
The American Public Health Association reports that violence significantly harms children’s development and affected communities’ health. In addition to causing physical harm, violence and associated trauma negatively impact behavioral and mental health. In fact, trauma has been linked to substance misuse and self-injury, as well as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Programs that challenge social norms, reduce risk factors for violence, and cultivate resilience help improve a community’s health. For instance, in some communities, attitudes about a woman’s sexual purity and family honor have led to violent acts. Violence prevention initiatives can take on such ideas and make it harder to justify violent behavior on the basis of a social norm.
Whether addressing intimate partner violence or firearm violence, evidence-based programs can have an impact on this public health issue. The CDC offers recommendations for effective approaches to prevent every type of violence. Some proven strategies for addressing intimate partner violence include:
- Bystander empowerment programs and education
- Social-emotional learning programs for children and adolescents
- Healthy relationship programs for couples
In addition to specialized approaches to the different types of violence, the CDC focuses on strategies that apply to addressing all types of violence:
- Starting prevention efforts early and continuing them through life
- Identifying the populations at greatest risk for experiencing and perpetrating different types of violence
- Building prevention programs that consider the risk and protective factors most likely to influence several types of violence so as to make the broadest impact
Public health professionals can fight for policies that foster mental health and allow people living with mental illness to thrive. A public health advocate might work to reduce homelessness and incarceration rates — circumstances that exacerbate mental illness and disproportionately affect people with mental illness. Public health advocates work to change systems that perpetuate mental health problems and the undignified treatment of people with mental illnesses.
A group of mental health organizations including Mental Health America and the National Council for Behavioral Health recently sent a letter to Congress advocating for policies that address mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the letter exhorted Congress to:
- Ensure that nonprofits receiving Medicaid reimbursements are still eligible for the emergency Small Business Loan Program because they are experiencing significant losses due to COVID-19, which can affect their ability to provide mental health services.
- Expand flexible reimbursement policies regarding telehealth in Medicare to include audio only telephone services so millions of Medicare patients vulnerable to COVID-19 and in need of mental health care can get the help they need.
- Allocate more funds for mental health and addiction care.
Mental Health Research
To identify comprehensive prevention strategies and intervention methods, public health professionals need evidence. When professionals conduct research through a public health lens, they uncover the evidence they need to develop the most effective approaches to prevention and treatment. Research also identifies causes of mental health problems, informing public health professionals’ work in policy advocacy, prevention, and treatment. Research illuminates the public health professional’s understanding of mental health at the individual and community level. Whether studying suicide using an epidemiological approach or examining social media’s effects on self-image, research offers public health professionals important insights.
Earn a Master of Public Health and Tackle Mental Health Disparities
Mental health issues put people at a disadvantage. Not only do mental health issues compromise people’s well-being, they levy social and physical consequences as well. To help individuals and communities foster their individual strengths, gain access to care, and address disparities related to poor mental health, public health professionals need empathy, as well as expertise in the best intervention and prevention strategies. Explore how Tulane University’s Online Master of Public Health program equips graduates to tackle mental health disparities and build healthier communities.
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What Is Health Equity? Ensuring Access for Everyone
Why Community Health Is Important for Public Health
American Psychiatric Association, Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations
American Public Health Association, Mental Health
American Public Health Association, “Violence Is a Public Health Issue: Public Health Is Essential to Understanding and Treating Violence in the U.S.”
BMC Public Health, Mental Health
Center on the Developing Child, Early Childhood Mental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Intimate Partner Violence: Prevention Strategies
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Preventing Multiple Forms of Violence”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The Role of Public Health in Mental Health Promotion”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The State of Mental Health and Aging in America”
Child Mind Institute, Mental Health Impacts in Schools
Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, “Addressing Mental Health in the Black Community”
Educational Researcher, “Positive Mental Health and Academic Achievement in Elementary School: New Evidence from a Matching Analysis”
GIA, “Mental Health and Aging” \ The Lancet Psychiatry, “The Lancet Psychiatry Commission: A Blueprint for Protecting Physical Health in People with Mental Illness”
Mayo Clinic, Mental Illness
Mental Health America, Black and African American Communities and Mental Health
Mental Health America, Mental Health Policy
Mental Health America, Request Letter: For Behavioral Health in Third COVID-19 Package
Mental Health Foundation, Physical Health and Mental Health
MQ, “4 Ways Our Physical Health Could Be Impacted by Our Mental Health”
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National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health by the Numbers
National Council on Aging, Behavioral Health Programs for Older Adults
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Report, Part 1: The Connection Between Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness”
The New York Times, “Does Your Education Level Affect Your Health?”
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Determinants of Health
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Priory, “Does Mental Health Affect and Impinge on Family Relationships?”
Psychology Today, “Mental Health Is Public Health”
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, “Mental Illness Can Lead to 20 Year Loss in Life Expectancy: Research”
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Mental health is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." Several barriers to mental health care make it difficult for everyone to achieve their best mental health. APHA supports efforts to improve access to care and put mental health on par with physical health.
The Affordable Care Act expanded mental health coverage, made it illegal to deny insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, including mental illness, and expanded parity. Parity means health plans must put mental health and substance abuse treatment on equal terms with other medical and surgical care. APHA supports parity as a step toward equity in health and treatment. We also speak out about the need for improved access to mental health care to help address such problems as gun violence and suicide .
Why is mental health a public health issue?
To achieve true parity in mental health coverage and access to care, policymakers at the state and federal levels should:
- Enact comprehensive parity laws in all states.
- Support stricter enforcement, transparency requirements and implementation.
- Push states to have a definition of "medical necessity" that puts a priority on clinical practice and uses a behavioral health treatment model.
- Fund, train and provide mental health parity navigators to detect parity violations and work with insurance companies to bring their plans into compliance.
- Fund and invest in research relating to evidence-based practices surrounding parity implementation and parity policy standards for insurance companies.
- Provide incentives for those entering and working in the mental health field.
Community members and consumers should:
- Be educated about mental health parity and your state laws surrounding parity requirements.
Public health agencies should:
- Put programs and policies in place that surround education of parity, insurance plans and mental health.
- Encourage public health professionals to be well-versed in mental health and substance abuse care.
Addressing mental health and well-being in the time of COVID-19:
- A Guide for Health Systems to Save Lives from “Deaths of Despair” and Improve Community Well-Being
- Mental Health Action Guide to Stem the Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
- A Guide to Promoting Health Care Workforce Well-Being During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Check out our recorded webinar: " Making the Connection: Climate Changes Mental Health "
Learn more about APHA's Mental Health Section .
Visit APHA's suicide topics page .
Find more at mentalhealth.gov and from the National Institute of Mental Health . Also, the non-profit organization Affordable Colleges Online offers three guides: Promoting Student Wellness , Substance Abuse in College and Suicide Prevention in College .
Cumulative Effect of Racial Discrimination on the Mental Health of Ethnic Minorities in the UK
Disparities in Mental Health Referral and Diagnosis in the NYC Jail Mental Health System
Unequal Burdens of Loss: Examining the Frequency and Timing of Homicide Deaths Experienced by Black Men Across the Life Course
Mental Health Recovery in Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Brief Intervention and Follow-Up for Suicidal Patients With Repeat Emergency Department Visits Enhances Treatment Engagement
Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms
Mental Health Treatment Patterns Among Adults With Recent Suicide Attempts in the United States
Aggressive Policing and the Mental Health of Young Urban Men
Community Violence Perpetration and Victimization Among Adults With Mental Illnesses
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Some of the APHA policy statements about mental health:
- Removing Barriers to Mental Health Services for Veterans
- Support for Social Determinants of Behavioral Health as Pathways for Integrated and Better Public Health
- Reduction of Bullying to Address Health Disparities among LGBT Youth
- The Need for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
- Public Health Impacts of Job Stress
- Understanding and Responding to Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Needs of Persons With Severe Mental Illness
- Accountability in the Provision of Health and Welfare Services to Persons With Mental Illness
- Rights Protection Within the Public Mental Health System
- Mental Health is an Essential Part of Comprehensive Health Care Programs
Some articles about mental health featured in The Nation's Health :
- Grassroots mental health training effort shines in Philadelphia
- WHO: Global shortage of mental health workers a barrier to care
- Addressing stigma, disparities in minority mental health
- Research: Mental health parity still lacking for Americans
- Parity law has increased use of mental health, substance use care
- President's plan to reduce gun violence includes key mental health provisions
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230 Current Mental Health Research Topics For Top Dissertation
Mental health characterizes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It involves the taking of multiple approaches to care for these different areas.
Medical news today notes that our mental health determines how we handle stress, relate to other people, and make healthy and articulate choices.
Mental health research is fast becoming one of the most researched areas in health. With this, so many research works can be chosen from this field. Therefore, as a student writing your essay on mental health, you must conduct extensive research for sufficient information.
Structure Of Mental Health Research Paper Or Essay
Students often have ample information on the chosen mental health nursing research topics, but the challenge they often encounter is properly arranging these topics to communicate knowledge effectively. We’ve prepared a mental illness research paper outline to improve your research paper.
- Abstract. Your abstract provides a summary of the area your topic will be based on and what the aim and objectives of this topic focus are. Your abstract is like a door that leads to your research, so you need to make it interesting and informative.
- Introduction. The introduction is the foremost part of your research paper or essay. Your introduction should always be straightforward, touching across all the relevant information that will be further pieced out subsequently.
- Body. This is the actual content of your research paper or essay. In the body, you are expected to assemble all the various subtitles related and relevant to your topic of interest. All your opinions, findings, research methodology, and discussions will be contained in the body. To create a rich, high quality research paper or essay, the body of your writing must examine relevant data.
- Conclusion. Your conclusion is the part where you are expected to summarise your arguments, thereby restating your thesis. By doing this, you’re bringing everything you’ve examined into consciousness again to remind your readers of the main issues and how it has been developed in the course of your writing.
- Reference List. In the course of your essay, you must have used different sources. As you go along, you should therefore ensure that you keep notes of the books, journals, articles you have read, ensuring that the reference style goes with what your university and college recommend for your class. This way, you’ll stick with what your school dictates as the reference style and be praised by your teachers or professors at the end of the school year. Your references also have to be current.
By using this structure your thesis or dissertation will be way more clear.
Characteristics Of Mental Health Essay
How do you recognize a good essay? How do you know that everyone will welcome your contributions to the mental health essays? It would help if you considered these tips:
- Clear Grammar. In other words, your diction must be grand yet easily understood. If it’s difficult for one to efficiently and thoroughly grasp your work, it’s not great work, and the essay’s purpose could be jeopardized. It would help if you communicated in simple language.
- Conciseness. Conciseness is simply communicating in as few words as possible. As the soul of communication, brevity makes your words last longer in the minds of readers. To achieve this, erase superfluous or elaborative words, be pointed in your writing, and make your sentences too passive.
- Depth and Arguments. Your arguments must be intellectually in depth and high level. With different mental health topics to write about, you need to explore a topic whose arguments you can profoundly develop. With this, you’ll be able to turn the ideas into something exciting and engaging. To create a good essay or an engaging one, this is something your readers look forward to.
- Clear Structure. You must structure your work to relate well with your mental illness research topics. This is the only way to make your readers follow your thoughts without stress. Thus, your essay or paper must have an introduction, a body, the conclusion, and a reference list.
This brief guide should help you have an idea of what a professor is looking for. And now here is a helpful list of topics to consider when writing your bachelor thesis or about mental health in general:
Research Questions About Mental Health
Since the subject, mental health is quite vast and includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, below are some of the best mental health research questions that allow the student to focus on a particular field of research.
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of delivering mental health care virtually?
- Can mental health conditions limit how a person engages with technology?
- How can physicians maximize the combination of existing treatment options with virtual mental health procedures?
- Have virtual interventions been proven safe?
- What are the measures put in place to ensure that mental health platforms are safe?
- What different effects will the adoption of virtual meetups have on the patients’ appointment time?
- Are virtual therapies as effective as physical therapies?
- Can one ascertain total satisfaction from standard elements of therapy through virtual meetups?
- Does virtual interaction create better avenues for minorities as compared to traditional interface?
- Can the different virtual platforms be used to reach out to people with mental health problems effectively?
- Does obesity affect mental health?
- What are the possible symptoms of mental illness in family members?
- At what point do people with mental illness become destructive?
- What are the causes of anorexia?
- Why does a person with mental illness begin to cut themselves?
- How easily can one treat post-traumatic stress?
- Does childbirth lead to depression?
- Are mental illnesses more prevalent in men or women?
- Is ADHD a mental illness?
- What are the causes of ADHD in young adults?
- Are mental illnesses prevalent in survivors of war?
- Can OCD be termed a mental illness?
- How can one tell when a person begins to develop obsessive-compulsive disorder?
- Are movies, games, etc., some of the leading causes of depression in young adults?
- How can one quickly ascertain if they’re mentally ill or not?
- What are the side effects of drug abuse on mental health?
- A study into medically proven ways of curing ADHD.
- The impacts of ADHD on Young adults.
- A study of the mental effects of excessive consumption of Marijuana
- How ADHD and autism affect young people in the 21st century.
- The mental challenges of living with learning disabilities.
Mental Health Research Paper Topics
Mental health is the psychological and emotional part of human health. Good mental health suggests good cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing. The following mental health research topics will provide multiple avenues for students to base their research topics on:
- The relationship between depression and weight loss
- The rise of eating disorders in teenagers and adolescents
- The glamorization of mental illness in modern media
- Why is it still somewhat taboo to speak openly about mental health?
- The lasting psychological trauma of rape
- PTSD in modern-day youth
- How positive portrayals of mental illness in movies have helped destigmatize it
- Violence in video games and violence in real life: is there a link between the two?
- The effects of victim-blaming on rape victims
- Is mental illness hereditary?
- why mental health education is relevant in our society
- ADHD in adults: regular, or a problem?
- Harmful misconceptions about OCD
- The relationship between physical health and mental wellness
- Is postpartum depression a modern illness?
- Why is a bipolar disorder more than a mood swing disorder
- The relationship between childhood bullying and self-esteem issues in adults
- Is mental illness more prevalent in men or women?
- Advances in mental health education and research in the last decade
- Living with mental health in the age of social media
- Mental health and Nollywood: a study of mental illness portrayal in Nollywood
- Mental health and social media: how social media has helped to destigmatize mental illness
- Why schools should have functioning guidance counselors for students and teachers
- The importance of including mental health topics in the school curriculum
- The need to create safe spaces for people living with mental health issues.
Mental Health Topics To Write About
Your mental health deals with several health disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. In case your mental health research topics are based on the categorical aspects of mental health, the following are research topics on mental health that you can write about:
- What is mental health?
- Destigmatizing mental health discussions
- Mental health education in Nigerian societies
- Can exposure to violent games and movies cause people to become killers?
- Are sociopaths born or made?
- The importance of self-affirmation to goal achievement
- Why therapy isn’t only for the mentally ill
- Why you have to love yourself to be able to receive love from others
- Living with social anxiety
- Overcoming low self-esteem
- Why OCD is not just about an obsession with keeping things clean
- How self-loathing makes us self-destructive
- The benefits of mental health support groups
- How to handle bullying when your child is the aggressor
- Why do we need time for ourselves
- Is your friend group toxic?
- On low self-esteem and managing relationships
- Why it’s insensitive to refer to the mentally ill as crazy
- Why do we sometimes feel unloved?
- Why it is helpful to have supportive friends and family when going through a hard time
- Medically proven ways to deal with a constant depressive episode
- Why depression pills should be regulated
- Why everyone needs access to pills to relax anxiety
- The importance of antidepressants to neurotics
- How to successfully manage the challenges of living with mental health challenges
Mental Illness Research Paper Topics
Mental illness is a range of mental conditions that affect the mind, how we think, our behaviors. If you’ve been looking for the best mental illness research paper topics, your search stops here. Find below mental illness topics to help with your research:
- The difference between depression and sadness
- Similarities between bipolar disorder
- Treating mental disorders using medication: a study on the pros and cons
- The effects of postpartum depression on family members
- The relationship between bullying and eating disorders
- Common misconceptions about mental illness
- Mental illness in the media: positive influence or harmful perpetuation of stereotypes?
- A study on serial killers: how their childhoods shaped who they became
- Self-esteem issues as a trigger for eating disorders
- A study on the compulsive nature of kleptomania
- A study on how movies shape our perception of mental illness
- Identifying signs and symptoms of sociopathy in children
- A study on the relationship between paranoia and impulsive actions
- The relationship between suicide and low self-esteem
- Genetics and mental illness: a study on mental illness in three generations of family members
- A study on how past traumatic events shape our present
- Why eating disorders are mental disorders
- The portrayal of mental illness in the media in the past fifty years
- Improvements in mental illness diagnosis and treatment in the past century
- Examining the effects of mental illness on the lives of teenagers: a qualitative study
- Examining the impacts of antidepressants in curbing depression
- A study into the root cause of mental health challenges in young adults
- Investigating the causes of mental illness in 80+ adults
- The lingering cases of mental health challenges in older people
- The need for the free accessibility of mental health facilities by students.
Research Topics In Psychiatry
Psychiatry is a vast field of study in medicine. Any psychiatry topics must make the research journey more straightforward. That said, the following are interesting topics in psychiatry:
- Defects of tobacco addiction on the human brain
- Treating schizophrenia: most effective ways
- ADHD: more prevalent in adults than children?
- Perfectionism and OCD: Where do we draw the line?
- Why we should look out for symptoms of depression
- How has the raid of COVID-19 affected the mental health of people?
- What are the factors that provoke depression?
- Bipolar disorders as symptoms of mental illness
- What is the potency of talk therapy in relating to suicidal patients
- Anxiety disorder: symptoms and remedies
- Practical measures in overcoming alcohol abuse in men
- Depression: cyberbullying as a tool for enhancing depressive tendencies in young adults
- The adverse effect of antidepressants on brain activities
- Genetics: A yardstick for determining mental health illness
- Lack of sleep as a tool for building anxiety
- Stress as a buildup for depression
- Side effects of psychiatric treatments on older people
- The effects of COVID-19 on brain activity
- Preventing the excessive usage of sedatives in young adults
- Aging as a measure of depression
- Treating mental illness: Applying classical soul music as a means in the 21st century
- Child mental disorders: curbing unhealthy family relationships
- Postpartum depression is the leading cause of mental illness amongst women
- A study on the distinction between Bipolar I and Bipolar II
- The need for the destigmatization of psychiatric patients
Research Topics In Mental Health Nursing
Mental health nursing is a highly essential field of study that should be considered:
- The challenges involved in psychiatric nursing care
- Mental health risks involved in working with psychiatric patients
- Merits and demerits of mental health nursing careers
- Self-discipline in psychiatry nursing fields
- Nursing ethics: what a nurse should know
- Approaches to nursing theories
- Talk therapy in nursing fields
- Dealing with exposed trauma: a typical nursing experience
- Psychiatry nursing: a walk in the park?
- Limitation of responsibilities by nurses on psychiatric patients
- The essence of skilled nurses in clinical psychology
- Effective patients’ recovery: the roles of nurses in present-day psychiatry
- Practical application of nursing experience in psychiatry wards
- Forbidden practices in nursing homes
- Is psychiatry nursing predominantly a woman’s job?
- Promoting nursing staff shortage in health sectors
- Evaluating anti stigmatization by nurses in psychiatric wards
- Damning effects of psychiatric nursing on nurses
- Mental health illness: are nurses exempted?
- Nursing practices applied in treating children and adults
- Helpful ways mental health nurses administer care to patients
- Ways care for mental health patients can be improved in the hospitals
- Effective ways of caring for mental health patients
- Why mental health nursing should be a specialized healthcare role
- Importance of mental health nursing
- Why mental health nursing should be prioritized as a specialist role
Critical Analysis Research Paper Topics In Mental Health
The following are some critically analyzed paper topics in mental health that will make your research more accessible and give more depth to your essay.
- Problems related to physical and mental health issues in men and women
- Supporting children’s mental health in the 21st century
- Bipolar disorder problem as a mental health challenge
- Mental health and eating disorders
- A mental health project: a research methodology on curbing mental illnesses
- Connecting poverty and mental health problems
- Mental health counseling: a way in the wilderness
- Mental health administration: a necessity in present-day lives
- Mental health and spirituality
- Effects of marijuana on mental health
- The critical role of school psychology in the mental health movement
- Code of ethics for mental health professions worldwide
- Mental health counselors: professionalism in workplaces
- Mental health benefits in the employee benefits packages
- Eliminating stigmatization in mental health diagnoses
- Community mental health as a tool for curbing disorders
- Mental health counselor: a much-needed remedy
- Mental health issues in the criminal justice system
- Refugees and their mental health
- Medical ethics in mental health care
- Child’s mental health and depression in adulthood: a qualitative study
- Transitions in late life: a typical study of mental health concerns
- Mental health nursing: health and illness
- Mental health specialist jobs and career
- Mental health: screening and assessment of nursing personnel
- The role of female mental health in socio-cultural conditions
- Schizophrenia: a dominant mental health disorder
- Mental health practice model for public institutions
- Mental health: research methodologies issues
- Mental health strategies at the workplace
Good Research Questions About Mental Health
Good research questions must be willing to provide concise and thorough answers. Over time, researchers have generated questions that border on mental health that have proven highly effective.
- Should the use of antidepressants be accessible to children?
- Why do people need access to mental health care?
- What is the importance of prioritizing mental health care?
- Is self-care the same as mental health care?
- Is there a correlation between self-care and mental health care?
- How to prioritize mental health
- The study of the growing mental health challenge amongst young adults
- Growth of depression in third-world countries
- The effects of poverty on mental health
- A study on the effects of mental health education on the treatment of the mentally ill
- Institutionalized bullying in schools and its effects on students’ mental health
- The importance of mother’s mental health in the aftermath of childbirth
- Addressing mental health problems in children below the age of ten
- The effects of sudden environmental changes on childrens’ mental health
- The focus on mental health in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic
- Harmful effects of social media on the mental health of Nigerian youth
- Fostering mental health discourse among males
- Trolling and cancel culture and their effects on the mental health of their victims
- The benefits of mental health apps in the lives of individuals
- Measures to promote mental health awareness in religious spheres
Mental Illness Thesis Ideas
By nature, there are several mental illness thesis ideas you can explore. The following are proven great thesis ideas that concern mental health.
- Addressing inadequate measures to combat mental illness in Nigerian societies
- A study on the marginalization of the mentally ill in the society
- Mental illness stigma and seeking help: how mental health stigma affects
- The effects of mental illness stigma in people’s seeking of treatment
- Embracing mental illness discourse in schools and the workplace
- Why mental illness is an illness and not a figment of the imagination
- The relationship between mental illness and violence
- The relationship between childhood abuse and mental illness
- The benefits of support systems to the mentally ill
- Mental illness and the perpetuation of gun violence among youth in the united states
- A study of mental illness portrayals in Nigerian media
- Mental illness portrayals in Nigerian media: harmful or beneficial?
- A study on the harmful effects of certain medications on mental disorders
- Tackling common misconceptions about mental disorders among members of the older generation
- Advancements in mental illness treatment methods
- Breakthroughs in mental illness research in the 50s and 60s
- A study on ethically questionable mental health research experiments in the last 50 years
- Living with mental illness in the age of toxic internet culture
- The increase in cases of depression and anxiety in youths between the early 2000s and late 2010s
- Mental illness and criminality: a study on the relationship between the two
- Drug abuse: a study on how college students engage in drugs
- A study of the nicotine content of harmful drugs
- A critical study of the early stage of mental illness in patients.
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