Individuals of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic background experience mental illness.
Great strides are being made in understanding and treating mental health conditions. However, there is much more to learn about the complex interplay of body, behavior and environment that leads to psychiatric disease.
At Menninger, we’re focused on identifying both protective and contributing factors of mental illness, and on leveraging this information into effective, evidence-based solutions. Together with our donors, we’re exploring emerging areas of study, like sleep science and wearable technology, to develop knowledge and treatments that make a difference for patients today.
Some of our studies include:
- Creating one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of mental health data for research. Nearly 4,000 patients have participated in our clinical outcomes study, contributing data related to symptoms, treatment progress and long-term wellness.
- Establishing an inpatient protocol to treat insomnia with cognitive behavioral therapy. Studies have shown poor sleep quality is linked to heightened suicide risk. This protocol will help hospitalized patients across the country to improve their sleep and reduce suicidal thoughts.
- Developing an algorithm to predict real-time suicide risk from physical indicators, like heart rate, sleep quality and activity. Combining the algorithm with wearable devices will allow for monitoring of high-risk patients, alerting caregivers to critical windows of intervention.