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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Mental Health Surveillance Study

Description of Collaborative Activity:

Since 2008, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has produced national and state estimates of serious mental illness among adults using the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The estimates are based on the Mental Health Surveillance Study (MHSS) which provides estimates of serious mental illness among adults aged 18 or older at both national and state levels. The MHSS builds upon established federal survey platforms in order to expand the NIMH research portfolio in population-based mental health studies. The purpose of the MHSS was to conduct additional calibration work on the survey data; to assess the feasibility of developing a longitudinal component for future surveys; and to produce reports related to mental health. In FY2013, NIMH participated in 23 data analysis activities related to the development of a population measure of Serious Mental Illness (SMI); mental illness correlates in adults and youth; disparities in mental health service use; suicidality in the general populations; and smoking among persons with mental illnesses.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Health Survey

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