Depression and Integrated Care


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This event was held on December 15, 2021. 

Event Description

Depression is a condition that is experienced by a significant number of individuals. It is a condition that can have implications for personal, social, health, vocational, and relational functioning. When left untreated, it can result in severe impairments and an increased possibility of suicide. Depression is also experienced by individuals throughout their life span from youth to older adulthood. While depression is one of the most common mental health conditions, it often goes untreated. Yet, depression has been shown to respond to treatment interventions allowing individuals to improve their level of functioning and quality of life.  

A key barrier for individuals to receive appropriate care and treatment when dealing with depression is accessing providers who are versed in treating depressive episodes. Further, a fragmented health care delivery system creates further challenges for seeking appropriate care for depression. The advent of integrated care opens possibilities for addressing these traditional barriers.  

This webinar provided an opportunity to highlight some best practices including screening tools, protocols, and integrated collaborative care models. Strategies that could be employed to enhance care and the training of practitioners were also presented.  

A portion of the webinar focused on rural communities. Individuals living in rural communities face unique challenges when attempting to access care for mental health concerns. This webinar shared practices that providers can utilize to support rural populations presenting with depression related conditions.  


Ken Flanagan, PhD, LCSW


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