The Annual Review of Public Health published a review, “Population-Based Approaches to Mental Health: History, Strategies, and Evidence” by Dr. Jonathan Purtle, assistant professor of health management and policy at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH), and his team from DSPH and Mental Health America. This high-impact journal covers significant developments in the field of public health and only publishes one volume each year.
The researchers found that though there is increasing recognition that mental health should be addressed from a public health perspective, there is little information available about population-based approaches to mental health and concrete guidance to implement new solutions.
The review provides a clear definition of population-based approaches to mental health, offers historical context, and summarizes the nature of these approaches and their evidence. Though more evidence is needed in the field, the review recommends focusing on three areas of intervention: social, economic, and environmental policy; public health practice; and health care system interventions.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 24