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Mental Health Burden Study

a PSC Research Project [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]

Investigator:   Steven Heeringa

Mental illness is prevalent across both developed and developing countries, straining formal and informal care systems, reducing human capital, and otherwise impeding development. To ultimately address these burdens, better information is needed on the prevalence and correlates of mental illness, the distribution of burden imposed by mental and other illness, and on effective and efficient mental health interventions.

The objectives of this project are to:

A. Update evidence on the burden of mental illness and other disease;

B. Identify major areas of unmet need for mental health care, along with individual and environmental correlates of mental illness and mental health treatment, to identify potential "leverage points" for reducing unmet need and mental health burden in different settings and populations.

C. Develop a potential strategic agenda for research on treatments, delivery strategies, outreach methods, policy planning and implementation, financing and human resource development aimed at reducing unmet needs for mental health treatment, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas and population groups and in rural and other areas with currently weak/underdeveloped mental health infrastructure.


In order to help assure the NIMH that the goals/objectives of this broad initiative are met, the NIMH Program office may award follow-on initiatives after this contract is concluded, to further explore/answer some of the research questions asked. Any subsequent initiatives would depend upon the findings/deliverables of this study, NIMH programmatic priorities, available funds, etc. Follow-on initiatives must be awarded in conformance with all applicable procurement regulations.

Funding Period: 09/28/2007 to 09/30/2010

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