About Mental Health at CDC

CDC is dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives

Our Purpose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is dedicated to helping all people live healthier lives. We focus on preventing or reducing the impact of mental illness as a critical part of overall wellness, using the same approach that we use to prevent other health conditions such as heart disease or influenza, including early identification and intervention for those at risk, and providing science-based strategies to reduce the risk. CDC works in collaboration with federal and other partners to bridge the gap between research and delivery.

What We Do

Using a public health approach, CDC works to prevent or reduce the impact of mental illness as in the following ways:

  • Data – We use existing national public health surveys to assess the prevalence, severity, and economic impact of mental disorders in the U.S. and monitor trends and patterns over time.
  • Tools – We translate research into evidence-based interventions that can be used by health care providers and communities to prevent adverse outcomes associated with mental illness.
  • Resources – We share effective interventions and implement a coordinated approach among all groups that provide mental health services.
  • Evaluation – We monitor and evaluate services and treatments of mental disorders to identify, improve, and scale what works.
Page last reviewed: March 12, 2018