Background & Goal
One out of four children, teens, and college-aged youth suffer from a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety, yet less than 25% receive any treatment. This is largely due to an inadequate number of mental health providers. Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, the second leading cause of death in 10- to 34-year olds. Although the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all teens 12- to 18-years of age for depression, most providers do not screen because they do not have systems in place to manage treatment.
COPE is an innovative solution to address the high prevalence of child and adolescent anxiety and depression. It is the first known manualized intervention program that incorporates the key concepts from cognitive-based therapy (CBT) into a 7-session skills building program that can be delivered in brief 25 to 30 minute sessions.
COPE is a variety of evidence-based CBT-based manualized intervention programs aimed at decreasing anxiety and depression as well as increasing healthy lifestyle behaviors and preventing overweight/obesity in children, teens, and college-aged youth. The COPE model consists of a 7-session brief CBT-based program delivered in 25-30 minute sessions by a variety of healthcare providers in primary care, school settings, and community-based mental health clinics.
Additionally, the COPE Health Lifestyles TEEN (Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, and Nutrition) Program is a manualized 15-session CBT-based program that can be integrated into middle and high school educational curriculum.