The National Network of Depression Centers is a non-profit system of 21 leading clinical and academic Centers of Excellence in the U.S., working to transform the field of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders. Only the large-scale, nationwide efforts of a coordinated network can make our vision a reality. The NNDC provides the platform for bringing the best minds together, regardless of their location, to achieve these broad objectives:
- Standardization of protocols for screening, diagnosis, and treatment, including establishing evidence-based practices for self-management of the symptoms of these diseases
- Large-scale research to move our understanding forward, encompassing basic or laboratory research, clinical studies, and translational research to rapidly move findings from the research lab to the clinical setting.
- Improved access to care for all populations through a “hub and spoke” system, anchored by Centers of Excellence at major academic medical centers that disseminate evidence-based information and expertise to practitioners in local communities, eventually realizing the vision of a future free of the burden of depressive illnesses.
- Education and outreach on a national level to mobilize policy, advocate for public and private support, and supplant stigma with understanding.