Mental Health and Illness


Many diseases, injuries, and maladies are associated with psychological or physical impairment that affect mental health. RAND research covers a broad range of mental health and illness topics, including autism spectrum disorders, teen depression, disparities in mental health care, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) among military veterans and survivors of natural disasters.

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    Research Brief

    Supportive Campus Attitude Toward Mental Health Improves Student Outcomes

    Apr 1, 2016

    If every California public college student with a current mental health problem or recent mental health-related academic impairment were to study on a campus with a culture supportive of mental wellness, the chances of that student getting the care they need would increase by almost 40 percent.

  • A U.S. Air Force Airman places his hand on another Airman's back at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., November 21, 2014


    Quality of Mental Health Care Provided by the Military

    Feb 18, 2016

    The military health system performs well in following up with patients after they are discharged from a mental health hospitalization. But some areas of care for PTSD and depression need improvement. For example, although most patients received at least one psychotherapy visit, the number and timing of subsequent visits may be inadequate.

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