Depression is a serious but treatable illness that affects over one million college students each year and is the most common illness associated with suicide and suicide attempts. The majority of college students who have clinically significant symptoms of depression are often not in treatment. The evidence base indicates that utilizing public health approaches such as routine screening in health services, optimizing treatment engagement, assertive follow-up and self-management lead to timely and effective clinical and functional recovery.
The National College Depression Partnership (NCDP) is a college health consortium that utilizes a high-impact, cost-effective professional development approach to help college health systems and clinicians provide optimal care through the use of outcomes measurements and collaborative learning. Effective collaborative depression care relieves suffering, improves readiness to learn, and promotes student retention and success.
NCDP emphasizes the benchmarking of healthcare quality via ongoing measurement of treatment outcomes with structured, well validated depression severity measures. Enhanced care in NCDP is demonstrated by clinical and functional outcomes data from over 2,000 students that exceed that achieved through usual community based care.