Improving Mental Health and Addressing Mental Illness
Mental disorders are common in the United States.
- In the U.S., about one in four adults and one in five children have diagnosable mental disorders (National Institute of Mental Health) .
- Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability among ages 15-44 in the United States and Canada combined (National Institute of Mental Health) .
- The cost of lost earnings alone due to major mental disorders in the United States is around $193 billion each year (Kessler et al., 2008).
Task Force Recommendations and Findings
This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.
|Collaborative Care for the Management of Depressive Disorders||Recommended
|Mental Health Benefits Legislation||Recommended
|Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults|
|Home-Based Depression Care Management||Recommended
|Clinic-Based Depression Care Management||Recommended
|Community-Based Exercise Interventions||Insufficient Evidence
The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.
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