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Jessica Schleider

How to Build Meaningful Moments That Can Transform Your Mental Health

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    A system built to fail

    Picture a world where seeking mental health care feels like navigating a maze without a map. Confusing, right? But that’s the reality for countless individuals around the globe. Why is this the case, you ask? Great question. Let’s unpack it together. 

    First, it’s crucial to understand that the hurdles in accessing mental health care aren’t anyone’s personal failing. Historical stigmas have left a lasting mark, painting mental health with a brush of “otherness” and contributing to government underfunding. Picture our current systems of care like a puzzle, where pieces from different boxes have been thrown together, making it nearly impossible to see the full picture. There’s a dire lack of horizontal and vertical integration, meaning mental and physical health services aren’t talking to each other. As a result, moving from one treatment to another can feel like trying to leap across a chasm.

    Now, add to this a two-tier system where quality mental health care seems reserved for the privileged few, thanks to underinvestment and a fragmented insurance landscape. It’s akin to having VIP passes in a world where everyone should have access to the show. And for those who do somehow manage to find their way to care, the effectiveness of that care is as unpredictable as a weather forecast in spring, largely because the treatments available were designed without real-world application in mind.

    Perhaps the most telling sign of our system’s shortcomings is the lack of input from those it aims to serve. Imagine cooking a meal for a group without asking about dietary preferences or restrictions – it’s unlikely to satisfy everyone’s needs.

    So, what’s the way forward? Schleider suggests single-session interventions as a promising path. Her lab defines SSIs as “structured programs that intentionally involve only one visit or encounter with a clinic, provider, or platform.” In more practical terms, SSIs provide a remedy that challenges stigma, doesn’t break the bank, and is built on evidence-based methods that fit snugly within our current system. 

    Revolutionizing mental health support may seem a daunting task – and, in truth, it is. But the integration of SSIs could start to inch us toward a world where accessing mental health support becomes as straightforward as buying groceries: effective, available, and part of our everyday lives. 

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    What is Little Treatments, Big Effects about?

    Little Treatments, Big Effects (2023) addresses the widespread issue of unmet psychological needs and introduces single-session interventions as a novel complement to traditional approaches. It argues for systemic changes in mental health care and demonstrates how these brief interventions can create significant impacts.

    Little Treatments, Big Effects Review

    Little Treatments, Big Effects by Jessica Schleider is a compelling exploration of how small interventions can lead to significant improvements in mental health. Here's why this book is a must-read:

    • Offers evidence-based strategies backed by research, presenting practical tools for enhancing well-being.
    • Focuses on simple but impactful techniques that can be easily implemented in daily life, empowering readers to make positive changes.
    • By emphasizing the power of small actions in improving mental health, the book dismantles the idea that transformation requires drastic measures, ensuring an engaging read.

    Who should read Little Treatments, Big Effects?

    • Individuals seeking accessible mental health care solutions
    • Mental health professionals interested in brief intervention strategies
    • Caregivers looking for quick, effective ways to psychologically support youth

    About the Author

    Jessica Schleider is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University. Known for her research on single-session interventions (SSIs) in youth mental health, she’s received the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and was included in Forbes’s 2020 list of 30 Under 30. To date, Dr. Schleider has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles as well as a self-help book, The Growth Mindset Workbook for Teens.

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