Community Guide on Mental Health
The CDC currently supports multiple systemic reviews of the literature by the Community Guide Preventive Task Force on evidence-based community interventions to treat mental illness and promote mental health. After a review of the scientific literature, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommended collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders. The intervention links primary care providers, mental health practitioners, and patients through the use of case managers to better advance the recognition and treatment of depression.
CDC programs have also supported Community Guide reviews on interventions to reduce psychological harm from traumatic events among children and adolescents.1
Other mental health reviews that the Community Guide has completed and The Task Force has made recommendations based on the reviews include—
Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults: Home-Based Depression Care Management which involves active screening for depression, measurement-based outcomes, trained depression care managers, case management, patient education, and involvement of a supervising psychiatrist.
Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults: Clinic-Based Depression Care Management which similar to home-based clinical care, it involves, active screening for depression, measurement-based outcomes, and trained depression care managers providing case management, but also includes primary care providers and patient education, antidepressant treatment and/or psychotherapy, and a supervising psychiatrist.
Interventions to Reduce Depression among Older Adults: Community-Based Exercise Interventions was not recommended due to insufficient evidence.
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1Wethington, H.R. et al. The effectiveness of interventions to reduce psychological harm from traumatic events among children and adolescents: a systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2008;35(3):287–313.