Mental Health

Health care reform efforts in the United States seek to ensure appropriate access to mental health care, to deliver it efficiently and effectively, and to allocate scarce resources wisely. RAND Health studies the effect of these reforms, different programs for preventing and treating mental illnesses, and the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices.

  • Suicide

    Jul 25, 2018

    Media Coverage and Effects of Celebrity Suicide

    In this Call with the Experts, RAND's Raveej Ramchand, Sarah MacCarthy, and Michele Abbott discuss how well media guidelines on reporting celebrity suicides are working and whether the crisis system is equipped to effectively respond to surges in help-seeking.

  • Association of Insomnia with Mental Health and Alcohol Use Among Veterans

    Symptoms of depression and PTSD increase risk for alcohol use and consequences in part by increasing symptoms of insomnia. Insomnia may be an appropriate target for prevention and intervention efforts among heavy-drinking veterans reporting symptoms of depression or PTSD.

  • Three Goals for Developing a Suicide Prevention Plan for California

    As California seeks to develop a suicide prevention plan, it should keep three goals in mind: Provide better care to those known to be at risk, identify more at-risk individuals who could benefit from services, and create safer environments designed to prevent suicide.

  • Can a Web-Based Intervention Reduce Drinking Among Veterans?

    One month after a single 10-minute intervention to adjust perceptions of peer drinking behavior, young veterans reported significant reductions in their drinking compared with control participants.

  • Survey of Californians' Mental Health Finds Disparities

    Tracking mental health indicators tells decisionmakers about changing population needs and how well policies and services designed to prevent and treat mental health conditions are working. According to data from 2011 to 2013, California could benefit from focusing on improving outcomes for women, Latino and black residents, and young adults.

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