Mental health is a broad term used to describe a variety of mental, emotional, or behavioral conditions. Mental health conditions can include anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, personality disorders, and the more serious psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The impact of mental health conditions is significant—according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019).
VA health services researchers conduct a wide variety of investigations into mental health conditions, including access to mental and behavioral health services, post-deployment well-being, specific treatment efficacy, and more.
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(5 of more than 1455 MENTAL HEALTH focused publications)
- Rollins AL, Eliacin J, Russ-Jara AL, Monroe-Devita M, Wasmuth S, Flanagan ME, Morse GA, Leiter M, Salyers MP. Organizational conditions that influence work engagement and burnout: A qualitative study of mental health workers. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2021 Apr 1.
- Morgan NR, Aronson KR, Perkins DF, Doucette CE, Bleser JA, Davenport K, Vogt D, Copeland LA, Finley EP, Gilman CL. The interaction of exposure to adverse childhood and combat experiences on the current mental health of new post-9/11 veterans. Journal of Community Psychology. 2021 Feb 24.
- Fukui S, Salyers MP, Morse G, Rollins AL. Factors that affect quality of care among mental health providers: Focusing on job stress and resources. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2021 Feb 4.
- Rockett IRH, Caine ED, Banerjee A, Ali B, Miller T, Connery HS, Lulla VO, Nolte KB, Larkin GL, Stack S, Hendricks B, McHugh RK, White FMM, Greenfield SF, Bohnert ASB, Cossman JS, D'Onofrio G, Nelson LS, Nestadt PS, Berry JH, Jia H. Fatal self-injury in the United States, 1999-2018: Unmasking a national mental health crisis. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Feb 1; 32:100741.
- Creech SK, Pulverman CS, Kroll-Desrosiers A, Kinney R, Dichter ME, Mattocks K. Intimate Partner Violence Among Pregnant Veterans: Prevalence, Associated Mental Health Conditions, and Health Care Utilization. Journal of general internal medicine. 2021 Jan 19.
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(5 of more than 291 MENTAL HEALTH focused publication briefs)
- Suicide Prevention for Women Veterans
The articles in this supplement highlight the value of a wide range of data sources, from the macro-level surveillance data available through the DoD, VA, and the US National Violent Death Reporting System to the depth of qualitative data of individual experiences with suicide attempts. They also illustrate the complexities of studying gender and suicide, while generating a new understanding of im...
Date: February 1, 2021
- VA Mental Health Use During Pregnancy/Postpartum Periods Remained Strong among Women with Prepregnancy Depression, PTSD, and Anxiety Diagnoses
This study examined how prepregnancy psychiatric diagnoses could impact mental health treatment use during pregnancy and postpartum, given there is increased risk of symptom recurrence and/or medication discontinuation during pregnancy. Findings showed that there was a strong correlation between a prepregnancy diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD), PTSD, or anxiety and use of mental healthc...
Date: November 18, 2020
- VA’s Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Affects Access Differently for Women and Men Veterans
This study of 5.4 million Veterans (including 448,455 women), who received care at one of 396 VA primary care clinics between FY2013 and FY2016, set out to answer the following question: Did VA’s national Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) initiative improve access to care equally among men and women Veterans? Findings showed that PC-MHI was associated with greater use of all outpatie...
Date: October 20, 2020
- Use of Community Outpatient Providers During the Choice Program was Associated with Less Attrition from VA Care
This study examined the characteristics of patients and practices that used Choice outpatient care in the first year of implementation – and whether using Choice outpatient care was associated with attrition from VA primary care over a two-year period. Findings showed that overall, the attrition rate from VA primary care was low (4.4%), and Veterans who used Choice outpatient care were less likely...
Date: September 10, 2020
- Better Patient Experience for Outpatient Care Delivered by VA vs Community Care on Every Measure but Access
This study examined trends in Veterans’ experiences with outpatient community care (CC) compared with those in VA during the second and third years after Choice Act implementation. Findings showed that patient experiences were better for VA than community care in all respects except access. For specialty care, access scores were better in the community; and for primary and mental healthcare, acces...
Date: August 1, 2020
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|| Quality of Mental Health Services for Homeless Veterans in Primary Care Settings
|| Passive Mobile Self-Tracking of Mental Health by Veterans with Serious Mental Illness
|| Applying the After Action Review Methodology to Examine Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs’ Response to the COVID--19 Crisis
|| A Randomized Controlled Trial of MISSION-CJ for Justice-Involved Homeless Veterans with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
|| Enhancing Access to Insomnia Care (EASI Care): Implementing Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia in Primary Care Mental Health Integration Clinics
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