Coping with a mental health issue can go beyond health in general. It can affect one’s personal and community relationships, even one’s ability to gain and keep a job. Mental disorders can be entwined with other issues, such as substance abuse and trauma. Westat works to reduce the impact of mental illness by using evidence-based data to evaluate practices and programs, improve access to services, and disseminate findings to stakeholders and policymakers. The goal is simple: improve prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for those challenged with mental illness.