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Mental Health

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 1604 MENTAL HEALTH focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 313 MENTAL HEALTH focused publication briefs)

  • Male and Female Veterans Differ in Attitudes to Referral to VA Care after Calling the Veterans Crisis Line
    This study described Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) referral outcomes for Veterans who contacted the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) with active thoughts of suicide during calendar years 2018–2019. Reasons given for declining SPC referral suggest that concerns about or discomfort with VA care were a key concern, particularly among women Veterans. Women had a higher rate of declining SPC referrals...
    Date: January 1, 2023
  • Mental Health Staffing Affects Probability of Suicide-Related Events among Veterans
    This study sought to measure the effect of staffing on suicide-related events (SRE). Findings showed that mental health (MH) staffing had a large causal effect on the probability of a suicide-related event. From 2014 to 2018, the per-pay period probability of an SRE among this study cohort was 0.05%. A 1% increase in mental health staffing led to a 1.6 percentage point reduction in SREs. This effe...
    Date: September 11, 2022
  • Differences between VA- and Community-Provided Behavioral Healthcare
    This retrospective cross-sectional study examined differences in the amount and type of behavioral healthcare delivered in VA and purchased in the community. Findings showed that more than 25% of Veterans receiving inpatient behavioral healthcare used VA-purchased community care, but severe behavioral conditions were treated more frequently in VA. Only 4% of Veterans received outpatient behavioral...
    Date: August 30, 2022
  • VA Outperforms Wait Times Compared to Community Care
    This study sought to describe geographic variation in wait times experienced by Veterans for three categories of care: primary care, mental health, and other specialties, comparing differences between VA-provided and community-provided care. Findings showed that mean VISN-level wait times were shorter for VA than for community care: 29 vs 39 days for primary care, 34 vs 44 days for mental health, ...
    Date: August 25, 2022
  • Factors Associated with Refusal of Lung Cancer Screening When Offered by VA Physicians
    This study sought to determine how frequently patients decline lung cancer screening (LCS) when it is offered by a physician – and to define patient and facility-level factors associated with their decision. Findings showed that in this study cohort of more than 43,200 Veterans, approximately one-third declined lung cancer screening following a discussion with their physician. The physician and fa...
    Date: August 16, 2022

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( 5 of more than 170 MENTAL HEALTH focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 20-261 Understanding Community-based Mental Healthcare for Rural Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma Boykin, Derrecka 2022-04-01
CDA 20-104 Improving Mental Health for Veterans with Dementia: Provider Training in Caregiver Engagement Wyman, Mary 2021-07-01
IIR 20-146 Improving Anxiety Treatment Engagement and Effectiveness in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration: Multi-site Hybrid I RCT of a Brief Veteran-Centered Anxiety Intervention Shepardson, Robyn 2021-05-01
CDA 19-233 Quality of Mental Health Services for Homeless Veterans in Primary Care Settings Jones, Audrey 2021-04-01
IIR 19-392 Passive Mobile Self-Tracking of Mental Health by Veterans with Serious Mental Illness Young, Alexander 2020-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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The most recent "Mental Health" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
12/7/2022 Elderly Women Veterans: Health and Mental Health Issues Magruder, Kathryn  
10/20/2022 New Research Priorities and Policy Recommendations from the State of the Art Conference on VA Emergency Medicine (SAVE) Chen, Jason  
Vashi, Anita  
Ward, Michael  
Bravata, Dawn  
Hwang, Ula  
10/19/2022 Describing the Tele-Mental Health Services Delivered Nationally by the Clinical Resource Hubs Felker, Brad  
Leung, Lucinda  
9/21/2022 Implementation and Adoption of VA's National Contingency Staffing Program: Results from the Clinical Resource Hub Evaluation Bergman, Alicia  
Rose, Danielle  
Stockdale, Susan  
9/13/2022 Veteran and Primary Care Provider Perspectives on Improving Alcohol-Related Care Bachrach, Rachel  

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