Resources for Health Care Providers

Help and Healing: Resources for depression care and recovery provides quality information and resources to help health care providers adopt quality practices to identify and treat depression. We developed this resource through a partnership between the Minnesota Health Action Group (MNHAG) and MN Community Measurement, with assistance from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). 

Help and Healing provides materials and resources to make it easier for clinicians to:

  1. Describe depression signs and symptoms
  2. Explain the importance of quality treatment plans to recover from depression better, faster
  3. Encourage evidence-based strategies to manage symptoms 
  4. Prepare clinics to better support depression care
    • Identify patients with depression
    • Manage and track patients with depression 
    • Set up quality improvement and data management systems

The ultimate goal is for patients with depression to get better, faster. We know clinicians in Minnesota are up to the challenge. In 2014, the highest-performing clinic had 29% of their patients with depression in remission at six months. Many clinics continue to make great strides to improve the care for their patients with depression. Just as we have seen impressive improvement in Optimal Diabetes Care in recent years, we know clinics can do the same with depression care.


We hope Help and Healing is a useful resource for clinics looking to improve the outcomes for their patients with depression. The materials in this resource provide a helpful start to providing quality care. Additional changes that affect the culture and values of healthcare systems and stakeholders can add significant value to any quality improvement efforts. The organizational partnership behind Help and Healing welcomes your involvement in our ongoing collaborative opportunities.

Download the entire volume of Help and Healing: Resources for depression care and recovery (124 pages)

Download individual sections of Help and Healing

Section 1 - Identification, Education & Talking Points (11 pages)

Section 2 - Treatment Planning (10 pages)

Section 3 - Managing Depression (58 pages)

Section 4 - Implementing Systems (30 pages)

Section 5 - Resources (8 pages)

Special Section - Materials for Patients and Families (71 pages)

Acknowledgements and Contributions

Pam Pietruszewski, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Diane Mayberry, MN Community Measurement

Kris Soegaard, Minnesota Health Action Group

Working Group Participants

Lawrence (Larry) Kula, Allina Health

Mary Henry, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Kathleen Cota, Consumer Representative

Collette Pitzen, Consumer Representative

Kathy Conboy, Entira Family Clinics

Michael Trangle, HealthPartners

Mark Williams, Mayo Clinic

Sue Abderholden, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Chris Tashjian, River Falls, Ellsworth and Spring Valley Medical Clinics


This project was made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiative, the foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities throughout the country, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform.