PROVISION OF SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES: Edited by Giovanni de Girolamo and Thomas BeckerPsychosocial therapies in severe mental illness: update on evidence and recommendationsGühne, Utaa; Weinmann, Stefanb; Riedel-Heller, Steffi G.a,∗; Becker, Thomasc,∗Author Information aInstitute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health (ISAP), Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig, Leipzig bDepartment of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Vivantes Hospital Am Urban, Berlin cDepartment of Psychiatry II, Ulm University, Günzburg, Germany Correspondence to Uta Gühne, Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health (ISAP), Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Philipp-Rosenthal-Straße 55, 04103 Leipzig, Germany. Tel: +49 (0)341/97 15406; e-mail: [email protected]; ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3525-963X Current Opinion in Psychiatry: July 2020 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 414-421 doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000618 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review To provide an overview of the update of the evidence-based and consensus-based German S3 guideline on psychosocial therapies for severe mental illnesses (SMI), with particular attention to current developments and future research tasks. Recent findings There has been a significant increase in studies on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions in treatment of people with SMI. In the guideline a distinction is made between system-level interventions (e.g. multidisciplinary team-based psychiatric community care) and single-handed (nonteam-based) interventions (e.g. psychoeducation). Furthermore, principles of treatment (e.g. recovery-orientation) and self-help interventions (e.g. peer support) are addressed. The update of the guideline includes 33 recommendations and 12 statements. Compared with the first edition, there were upgrades in the recommendation of Supported Employment (A) and Supported Housing (A). Interventions such as peer support (B) and lifestyle interventions (A) were included for the first time. Developments are discussed in the context of most recent literature. Areas for further research are highlighted and fields for next updates such as antistigma interventions and supported parenting were identified. Summary The present guideline offers an important opportunity to further improve health services for people with SMI. However, guideline implementation is challenging. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.