We conducted a systematic review of studies employing complex systems approaches (i.e., agent based and system dynamics models) to understand drivers of mental health and inform mental health policy. We extracted key data (e.g., purpose, design, data) for each study and provide a narrative synthesis of insights generated across studies. The studies investigated drivers and policy intervention strategies across a diversity of mental health outcomes. Based on these studies and the extant literature, we propose a typology of mental health research and policy areas that may benefit from complex systems approaches.

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Keywords Complex systems, Mental health, Public policy, Systematic review, Systems science
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10488-018-0887-5, hdl.handle.net/1765/118028
Series MINDMAP
Journal Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Citation
Langellier, B.A. (Brent A.), Yang, Y. (Yong), Purtle, J. (Jonathan), Nelson, K.L. (Katherine L.), Stankov, I. (Ivana), & Diez Roux, A.V. (2019). Complex Systems Approaches to Understand Drivers of Mental Health and Inform Mental Health Policy: A Systematic Review. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 46(2), 128–144. doi:10.1007/s10488-018-0887-5