AJPH publishes mental health supplement

Date: Jun 26 2019

CONTACT: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913 

Washington, D.C., June 26, 2019 – The American Journal of Public Health published a supplemental issue today entitled “Improving Population Mental Health in the 21st Century.” The papers in this issue provide public health professionals with an updated examination of mental health and adjacent public health issues, including violence prevention, suicide, equity, substance misuse and more.

Research findings in this supplement reveal new innovative data on mental health. A paper by Keyes, et. al examines the impact of gun restrictions based on mental health on firearm suicide rates. Another research article examines how an after school parks program impacted youth mental health and violence prevention. 

The papers included in this issue tackle a range of approaches and methodologies. The supplement focuses on strategies that may make a difference in improving mental health at the population level, and includes research papers, editorials and commentaries. 

Papers in this supplement include: 

  • Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act, and the Use of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services in the United States (2005-2016)
  • Depression Remission Under Community Coalition Versus Individual Program Support for Services: Findings from Community Partners In Care, 2010-2016
  • Two-Year Changes in Neighborhood Juvenile Arrests After Implementation of a Park-Based Afterschool Mental Health Promotion Program in Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2015-2017
  • Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms and Perceived Stress from Pregnancy to the Postnatal Period Among Canadian Women: Impact of Employment and Immigration
  • Disparities in Access To Health Care Among U.S.-Born And Foreign-Born Adults By Mental Health Status Between 2013-2016
  • Evidence Supports Social Marketing Of Mental Health Treatment:  California’s Mental Illness Stigma Reduction Campaign
  • Simulating The Suicide Prevention Effects Of Firearms Restrictions Based On Psychiatric Hospitalization And Treatment Records: Social Benefits And Unintended Adverse Consequences
  • Population Mental Health Today: Confronting The Challenge
  • Postpartum Depression: Intervening On A Moving Target 
  • The Challenge Of Improving Population Mental Health: The Example Of New York City
  • ThriveNYC Is Ambitious - Lessons From The International Experience With Mental Health Reform Can Make It Successful
  • Driving Demand And Delivery For Mental Health
  • Public Health Efforts To Address Mental Health Conditions Among Cancer Survivors
  • Mass Shootings And Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization, Here And Abroad
  • Population Mental Health In The 21st Century: Time To Act
  • Bending The Curve For Mental Health: Technology For A Public Health Approach
  • Population Mental Health In The 21st Century: Aspirations And Experiences
  • Harnessing Progress In Psychiatric Genetics To Advance Population Mental Health
  • Early Intervention In Psychosis In Young People: A Population And Public Health Perspective
  • ThriveNYC: Delivering On Mental Health
  • Targeting Youth To Prevent Later Substance Use Disorder: An Under-Utilized Response To The U.S. Opioid Crisis


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