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Mental Health

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Mental health is important for its short and long-term effects throughout a person’s lifecycle. 50% of Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetimes* leading to shortened life expectancy, and it is the third most common cause of hospitalization. Globally, the burden of mental illness demands effective and efficient public health approaches to assessment and intervention. Through cutting-edge research methods and community interventions, researchers at the Yale School of Public Heath seek to understand the interplay of mental health with:

  • Substance use
  • Aging
  • Care giving
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Use of emerging technologies
  • Maternal depression on birth outcomes and parenting
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Resilience among refugees and trauma survivors
  • Inequality and health
  • Survivorship
  • Social and environmental interactions