Progress Made, but Much More to Be Done

Philip J. Leaf, Laysha Ostrow, Ronald W. Manderscheid, David L. Shern and William W. Eaton

in Public Mental Health

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390445
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950416 | DOI:
Progress Made, but Much More to Be Done

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This chapter provides an overview of what can be done in the future to address the prevention and control of mental and behavioral disorders. It begins with a description of what has come before, examining progress and pitfalls. This is followed by a discussion of the evolution needed to bring about Winslow's vision of mental health care as an integral part of the public health. It examines the growing role of such factors as the social determinants of health; attention to the full spectrum of mental health and illness from prevention through recovery across the life span; the importance of resilience in preventing behavioral problems; the still evolving key role of consumers in treatment and recovery; and the policy changes needed to embrace mental health as an intrinsic part of the public health.

Keywords: mental disorders; prevention; public health; social determinants; resilience; treatment

Chapter.  12713 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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