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Research and Reports

Mental Health America periodically publishes research papers and reports to further important work in the field of mental health policy and advocacy. 

Mind the Workplace: Workplace Wellness Report, October 2017

With support from the Faas Foundation, Mental Health America (MHA) embarked on a two-year research project on workplace mental health with the launch of the Work Health Survey in 2015. MHA analyzed over 17,000 employee surveys across 19 industries in the United States and published the first-ever 2017 Workplace Wellness Report: Mind the Workplace The Work Health Survey collected data on workplace culture, stress, employee engagement, and employee benefits to measure workplace stress levels and overall mental health.

Framework for Action: Addressing Mental Health and Wellbeing through ESSA Implementation, July 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the need for schools to support the whole child and specifically acknowledges the importance of student health and wellness, including mental health. ESSA also provides states with an opportunity to ensure equitable access to quality education and the conditions that support student learning. Health, including mental health, is a key part of this. ESSA transitions authority from the federal government to state education agencies. Thus, as states begin to implement ESSA, it is critical they do so in a way that supports health and wellness. This resource is a supplement to “State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness: A Framework for Action” and provides more detailed ESSA implementation recommendations for supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Promotion to Advance the Conditions for Learning in Schools and Early Care and Education, December 2016

The Working Group on Mental Health Promotion to Advance the Conditions for Learning in Schools and Early Care and Education was convened by the National Collaborative on Education and Health in 2016, and hosted by Trust for America’s Health, Healthy Schools Campaign, and Mental Health America, with facilitation by RESOLVE and support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This final report includes findings on: The science behind mental health promotion, social and emotional learning (SEL) and education; Making the case for mental health promotion and SEL in schools and early care and education to improve health and advance the conditions for learning; The current challenges and opportunities for communities, schools, early care and education and other stakeholders in mental health promotion and SEL; and Specic policy recommendations to promote mental health and the conditions for learning in schools and early care and education.

Community Inclusion from the Perspective of Caregivers, November 2016

In recognition of National Caregivers Month (November), Mental Health America (MHA) and the Temple Collaborative for Community Inclusion of People with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) announced the release of their most recent project, entitled Community Inclusion from the Perspective of Caregivers. Reflecting caregivers’ frustration, fear, hope, and love for those they care for, this monograph highlights and expounds upon the views expressed in a 2016 survey of almost five-hundred caregivers of people with mental health conditions. Caregivers shared their perspectives in thousands of comments on topics such as access to treatment, services, and housing; employment and finances; education and supports; friendships and intimate relationships; religion and spiritually; recreation and community events; and health and wellness.  This monograph offers a close up view of the entrenched stigma and barriers that caregivers say their loved ones, and that they also, experience that impact many aspects of their lives. Caregivers want providers, community institutions and the public to help foster more community inclusion for their loved ones, and for themselves. They call on policy makers and legislators to address structural issues, such as poverty, lack of transportation, and entrenched discrimination, and they implore educators, employers and the general public to become more educated about mental health issues, and to be more supportive, understanding and compassionate.  

Shortening the Road to Recovery: Barriers and Opportunities to Improve Quality of Care for Major Depressive Disorders, March 2016

A new analysis by Avalere and Mental Health America (MHA) finds that significant barriers to quality care for individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) exist, that insurance coverage does not necessarily equal access to care, and that patients often feel left out of their own treatment. About 16 million American adults have MDD.  MDD can often cause cognitive difficulties (lack of concentration, ability to focus, stay on task, etc.), lack of energy, and sleep issues that affect people’s ability to manage day-to-day activities.  Avalere and MHA developed this report to describe the current state of quality of care for individuals with MDD and provide an evidence-based assessment of challenges and opportunities for quality improvement. Nearly 44 million American adults suffer from a mental illness in a given year. Of the population with MDD, only 35 percent are treated within the first year of developing symptoms; for others it can take 4 years or more. Many people don’t seek treatment in the early stages of mental illnesses because of discrimination, stigma, and lack of awareness of warning signs. Because of this, many mental health conditions aren’t addressed in a timely manner.

This infographic summarizes the results found in the white paper.

On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness, February 2016

Mental Health America (MHA), in conjunction with its partners at the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is pleased to present an important national survey report: On Pins and Needles; Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness.Reflecting the experiences, frustrations and perceptions that caregivers recount in accessing treatment and supports for the person cared for; this report also includes caregivers’ assessment of their own struggles, and support needs. The report contains strong policy recommendations, such as screening, and parity for a full range of integrated services and supports including peers supports and community inclusion. 

Prevention and Early Intervention B4Stage4: The State of Mental Health in America 2016

Mental Health America released its annual State of Mental Health Report 2016, with last year's data of how many Americans are not receiving the necessary treatments for mental health and substance use issues. Of particular concern is that even among our most severely depressed youth, 6 in 10 are not receiving any treatment for their mental health problems. MHA’s report also includes an Issue Spotlight which focuses this year on Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Health. The Issue Spotlight provides information on factors that are helpful or harmful to mental health throughout the early lifespan, provides programs and policies that address risk factors and increase protective factors in order to promote the prevention For the first time, MHA created an online interactive version of the 2016 report.

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