Mental Health Systems Around the World

Shekhar Saxena, Judith K. Bass, Anita Everett, William W. Eaton and Atieh Novin

in Public Mental Health

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390445
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950416 | DOI:
Mental Health Systems Around the World

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This chapter gives an overview of the wide range in capacity and availability of mental health services around the globe. The first section discusses the concepts, definitions, measurement instruments, and sources of data bearing on global mental health and mental illness. That information provides background for the balance of the discussion by exposing the dearth of system-level instruments and readily comparable global data to help guide international public mental health policy. This is followed by an exploration of selected data on mental health systems around the world. Finally, the chapter presents a brief summary of mental health-related activities by leading international agencies.

Keywords: mental health services; public health; mental illness; mental health policy

Chapter.  8500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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