Our project continues! Families for Depression Awareness is thrilled to announce that our “Healing Families: Parental Involvement in the Treatment of Low-Income Teens Diagnosed with a Mood Disorder” project has advanced to Tier II of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal program. The Healing Families project will ultimately use comparative effectiveness research to determine which of two valid interventions better supports parents’ involvement in the treatment of their low-income teens who have depression or bipolar disorder.

FFDA’s philosophy revolves around the idea that family caregivers hold an essential place in supporting their loved ones through the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and management of depression and bipolar disorder. When teens with depression do not receive appropriate treatment, which is more likely to happen when family caregivers are not involved, they are at higher risk for suicide.

Mental healthcare is often difficult to access, but teens from low-income families face additional challenges in receiving education, treatment, and support around mood disorders. These can include fewer choices for local and/or culturally-appropriate care, limited school resources for student mental health, and stymied parental involvement. Depressed teens who communicate their feelings to and receive support from their parents are more likely to understand and accept treatment.

Building upon the successful foundation that we established in Tier I, our Tier II efforts focus on gaining additional input from a broader swath of patients, parents, providers, and other stakeholders. Through expanded partnerships and significant engagement beyond our advisory council, we’ll gather input to determine the most appropriate CER question to get to answer the question: of the two choices, which specific intervention works better to maximize parental involvement in the treatment of low-income teens diagnosed with a mood disorder.

PCORI Overview


Tier I Report