Mental Health and Well-Being
Helping organizations build effective and equitable mental health services and systems
Wilder Research studies the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of mental health services and policy.
From comprehensive analyses of statewide behavioral health systems to individual program evaluations, we bring a collaborative, responsive and trauma-informed approach to our work. We also study and evaluate holistic and preventative mental health and well-being efforts.
Much of our research and evaluation focuses on the intersection between mental health and substance use, and their associated social determinants and risk and resilience factors. Our research helps make sense of complex systems and inform program improvements while focusing on equitable access to high-quality, culturally relevant care for children, adults and families.
As part of an operating foundation, we are also in the unique position to partner with direct service providers to develop and measure the effectiveness of research-supported services.
If you are looking for mental health or addiction and recovery services, visit Wilder’s Community Mental Health & Wellness Clinic.
Featured Mental Health Research
Behavioral Health Home Services: Implementation Evaluation ReportBehavioral health home services providers serve children and adults with serious mental illness and their families by addressing the comprehensive physical, behavioral health, and social service needs of individuals in a holistic, coordinated manner. Read the report »
Behavioral Health Patient Delays in Emergency DepartmentsThis study examined the rate of and reasons associated with delays in inpatient care for behavioral health patients in 29 Maryland ERs. Read the report »
Featured BLOG POSTS
Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Needs: How Do We Measure Improvement?Both law enforcement and mental health advocates have long identified issues with how individuals with mental health and substance use needs are served. Sometim... Read the article »
Therapy by Video: What Works in Telehealth?Mental health service providers have overwhelmingly shifted to providing services by video, allowing clients to receive services while following social distancing recommendations. Research suggests several strategies providers can use to ensure they meet the needs of the clients they serve. Read the article »
How Are the Children?We know that one of the top issues facing our schools is how to support students’ mental health. Hospitals in Minnesota and across the country are finding the n... Read the article »
On the podcast: Insights on mental health topics
Stories of our work
A Collaborative Approach to Understanding and Improving School-Based Mental Health Services
Up to 20% of youth in the United States experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health condition every year. Yet many of those children do not receive mental health services due to limited service providers, stigma, and other barrie...More about this story »