Treating mental health in the community

A review of the quality of evidence available on the effectiveness of different community approaches to mental health.

This report finds that, overall, there is a worrying lack of high-quality evidence to guide community work on mental health. However, there is some evidence that community-centred approaches, which work with the grain of local people and their needs, have a positive impact. It also find that there is no evidence that community-based approaches, in which existing projects are simply reproduced in different communities, have a positive impact.

The report also considers the policy implications for mental health work.

By Gen Maitland Hudson, Dimitrios Tourountsis, Russell Hargrave.