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.

  • 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. These include providing better care to those known to be at risk, identifying more at-risk individuals who could benefit from support services, and creating safer environments designed to prevent death from suicide.

  • 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.

  • What Mariah Carey's Bipolar Revelation Could Mean for Public Health

    Five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey is being widely applauded for recently revealing she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. By openly talking about her mental health struggles, she is helping lift mental illness out of the shadows and bringing attention to how common mental illness can be.

  • Is Discrimination Related to Higher Rates of PTSD?

    Discrimination may contribute to higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms experienced by African Americans.

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