Current MHRN projects include studies of ways to treat perinatal depression and prevent suicide. The MHRN has created information management systems, agreed on standard definitions of mental health events, and developed a standard toolkit of mental health assessments. Now it will try to answer significant questions such as how to deal with complex, comorbid health conditions; reduce early mortality; and ensure fidelity to proven psychosocial treatments. “MHRN is providing an important new model for a learning health care system, one which does not need 17 years or even 17 months to bring research to better patient care,” said Insel.
To read more about how NIMH is influencing the future of psychiatric research, see Psychiatric News.