Behavioral & Mental Health

The grip of addiction and the challenges of mental health issues take their toll on both individuals and society. Westat supports efforts to reduce, treat, and prevent these issues through our work on surveillance systems, health services research, and program and policy evaluations.

Project Highlights

Solutions for the rural opioid epidemic

Nearly half of all Americans will experience a mental health or substance use disorder some time in their life, and most will go to their primary care doctor for...

Studying the IDEAL way to age

The Insight into Determinants of Exceptional Aging and Longevity (IDEAL) Study, part of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), is interested in studying exceptional agers, people who stay...

Surveying students about campus sexual assault

Sexual assault and misconduct are growing concerns on college and university campuses across the country. Surveys have found that 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted during their...

Understanding Vietnam veterans' health

To better understand and meet the health needs of veterans who served during the Vietnam era (the early 1960s to the mid-1970s), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...

Using CARE in coping with Alzheimer's

Caregivers’ Reactions and Experience (CARE) is a supplemental substudy of the Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study, which began recruiting over 18,000 Medicare beneficiaries in March 2016. CARE...

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