• Mental and Behavioral Health: Clinical Guidance and Practice Resources

    In 2021, an estimated 58 million adults aged 18 and older experienced some form of mental illness within the past year, with 14 million of them facing serious mental health challenges.1 Additionally, 5 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode within the past year.1 During the same year, approximately 162 million individuals aged 12 or older engaged in the use of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs in the previous month.1 Primary care physicians play a crucial role in addressing these concerns, serving as the first point of contact for patients seeking help.

    This page is a centralized hub for family physicians to locate a comprehensive collection of resources on mental and behavioral health.

    Implementation Tools and Considerations

    Watch this Practice Hack for strategies to integrate the PHQ-9 screening into your clinical practice. This includes steps you can take to support your patients who may need additional behavioral health resources or follow-up. 


    AAFP Clinical Practice Guidelines and Recommendations

    AAFP Policies and Position Papers 

    Other Resources


    1.           Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Highlights for the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 2021 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Releases. Accessed October 10, 2023. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/release/2021-national-survey-drug-use-and-health-nsduh-releases